KFC Launches Recipe For Success Mini MBA Program

In partnership with Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), KFC Canada has launched a tuition-free, 40-hour entrepreneur advancement “mini-MBA” program called Recipe for Success. Designed to help entrepreneurs in under-served communities build the capacity to grow and create new jobs locally, entrance to the program will be granted to 65+ entrepreneurs who identify as minority, immigrant, or Indigenous.


“KFC is known for its famous fried chicken, but our history and investment in our people goes beyond our iconic food,” said Janet Joubran, Chief People Officer, KFC Canada. “KFC started as a small business with Colonel Sanders as our founder and, to this day, our business is built on entrepreneurs through our franchise model. We are thrilled to partner with ICIC to offer The KFC Recipe For Success Mini MBA Program to help grow the economic prosperity of small local businesses around us.”

Top ranking university professors and local experts will be delivering mentorship divided into four components:

  • Opening Seminar
  • Digital Learning Series
  • Individual Mentorship
  • Annual Conference and Networking

A total of $150,000 CAD in capital grants will also be awarded to select participants on successful completion to help grow and strengthen their business.

Steve Grossman, CEO of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, said: “The KFC Recipe for Success Mini MBA Program is designed to support business owners from under-resourced communities who aspire to grow more quickly, create good-paying jobs and help build sustainable small business ecosystems that will strengthen the Canadian economy.”

The program is offered in both French and English, and they are currently accepting applications until Friday, September 2, 2022. Visit ICIC’s website for more information and eligibility criteria here.