As of June 1, 2021, Tyndale University has a new open learning centre: The Centre for Redemptive Entrepreneurship (CRE). The centre's mission is “to equip, support, and mentor innovators motivated by their faith to shape culture through entrepreneurship.”
"We believe God has a redemptive will for all of His creation, and He invites us all to restore the world that reflects His heart," says Philip Yan, Director. "In speaking with entrepreneurs, many find the road to starting a business lonely, and that it's even harder to be missional. They wish there was a community to support them."
A designer and two-time social entrepreneur, Yan led his company, GenesisXD Inc., to cofound social enterprises to employ persons with barriers to employment, including a recycling company, Red Propeller, and an online coffee business, KLINK® Coffee. This journey helped him understand his mission and how business and social enterprise can be redemptive. Yan also cofounded “Faith and Work Gathering,” a monthly gathering for Christians working in downtown Toronto.
The CRE provides a home for Christian entrepreneurs and opportunities to support, mentor and form critical friendship with like-minded leaders.
“We welcome innovators who strive to shape culture and honour Christ through their businesses,” says Dr. Beth Green, Tyndale’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer. “We pray the centre will help entrepreneurs build valuable connections and help them realize they are not alone in their journey to serve the church and the world for the glory of God.”