Firebird Business Ventures Ltd.
Neechie Gear® Is A Lifestyle Brand On A Mission To Empower Youth Through Sports!
Founder and CEO, Kendal Netmaker, grew up on Sweetgrass First Nation, Saskatchewan. He was single-parented, came from a low-income family and had little opportunity to be involved in any extra-curricular activities as a youth.
It wasn't until in elementary when he had met a life-long friend from South Africa who literally changed his life forever. His friend noticed Kendal was skilled in soccer and wondered why he wasn't playing on the same sports teams that he was playing on. Kendal had told his friend that he had no way of paying the registration fees and had no means traveling to and from the games/practices.
Soon after, his South African friend pulled him aside and said, "Kendal, I told my parents what you told me and they want to pay for your fee to play on my soccer team and we can even drive you to the reserve after all games/practices". Kendal was astounded that someone so kind would do this for him and accepted the opportunity. This allowed Kendal to be part of many sports teams and continue with his education.
This family eventually gave Kendal's family a running vehicle which enabled him and his sisters to become involved in sports that carried them through high school and into university. Kendal has been part of, and witnessed what sports can do for youth by developing elite athletes and future leaders!
Without his friends' help, Kendal wouldn't have a landed a college volleyball scholarship after graduating high school, finish university and create an award-winning company!
Today, Neechie Gear is committed to giving a portion of proceeds to help underprivileged kids to play sports! Together, we can change many lives through sports!
Neechie Gear® Is On A Mission To Empower Youth Through Sports! 5% Of Net Profits Help Kids To Play Sports!
2011 Enactus Saskatchewan Student Entrepreneur Provincial Champion
2011 Wilson Centre i3 Idea Challenge - $10,000 Winner
2011 CANDO Economic Developer of the Year - Aboriginal Private Sector Business Award
2012 Saskatoon's Finest Entrepreneur
2012 Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Abex Award - Community Involvement
2012 Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Abex Award - Aboriginal Partnership
2013 Better Business Bureau Torch Award - Retail Category
2013 CBC Future 40 Recipient
2013 Mclean's Magazine Future Leaders 25 Under List
2013 Sype Volta Award - Saskatchewan Young Entrepreneur of the Year
2013 NCAIED Res Arizona $20,000 Business Plan Competition Winner
2014 University of Saskatchewan Alumni of Influence Award
2015 Indspire Award - Youth First Nation
2015 CCAB National Youth Aboriginal Entrepreneur Award
2015 Runner-up - YBI Global Entrepreneur of the Year
2015 Saskatchewan Red Cross Young Humanitarian of the Year