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Young Entrepreneurs Programs

Starter Company

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Starter Company is a great opportunity for enterprising young people between the ages of 18-29 who want to start, grow and/or expand a business in their community. Applicants must not currently be in school full time.  

The program provides advice and mentorship from local business leaders to help get your business started or growing, and provides a potential for funding to help you achieve those goals. 

As this is a competitive process, you may be eligible to receive up to $5,000 in a grant to put towards your business. Successful applicants must provide proof of personal investment worth 25% of the grant being requested.

 
You are eligible for Starter Company if you are:
  • Between 18 to 29 years of age and not in full time education
  • Running a business, proposing a new company, expanding or buying a company
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Ontario
  • Prepared to commit to a minimum average of 35 hours/week to run your business
  • Prepared to attend mentor meetings for at least six months
  • Prepared to complete the custom Business Training Program developed for you
  • Not currently participating in the Summer Company program
  • Not a past participant of the Ontario Self Employment Benefit Program (OSEB)
Additional eligibility criteria applies. Please contact the office for more details. 
To get started, fill out the Intake Form and email to enterprisecentre@stcatharines.ca or call 905-688-5601 ext 1767 to set up an appointment time to meet with an advisor.

Summer Company



Go beyond your typical summer jobs: Turn your ideas into a business.

Do you have ideas for creating your own company this summer? If you're a student 15-29 years old in Ontario, you can turn those ideas into a real business this summer. The Summer Company program provides up to $3,000, hands-on coaching and mentoring to help you start and operate your business.

How it Works

If your application is accepted, you'll be eligible to receive up to $1,500 and 12-hours of business training and mentoring to get you started. Upon successful completion of the program, you'll receive up to $1,500 to return to school.

The possibilities for starting a company are endless. Student jobs don't have to be boring: be your own boss and gain valuable business experience that will last you a lifetime.

View Summer Company Program Guidelines and start your application at www.ontario.ca/summercompany

Applications are being accepted for Summer 2016. Deadline for applications for Summer 2016 have now closed. Spots are filled on a first come, first served basis. Applications will re-open for next year in early 2017.

For more information, please contact 905-688-5601 ext 1767 or email enterprisecentre@stcatharines.ca.  

Pour plus d'informations en français, s'il vous plaît visitez https://www.ontario.ca/fr/affaires-et-economie/demarrer-une-entreprise-dete-etudiants 

 

Futurpreneur Canada Program

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Futurpreneur Canada understands young and emerging entrepreneurs, and has been working together to help increase your chances of success since 1996. Their innovative and flexible services are designed to address the common challenges entrepreneurs may face in the early stages, and provide the vital support and guidance needed for long-term success.

  • Get financing and support to start and run your business with loans based on character, not collateral
  • Funding up to $15,000, potential for up to $45,000 with BDC top-up
  • Business idea must be a full time operation
  • For those aged 18 to 39 years old
  • Cannot be attending school
  • This is a repayable loan with interest
  • There is no deadline for applications; intake is ongoing

Full eligibility criteria can be found at the Futurpreneur website.

Along with the financing available, you will be matched with a mentor for 2 years. The mentor will be someone from your own community with the skills and knowledge you are looking for.

If you're ready to get started, visit the Futurpreneur website to register as an entrepreneur. Don't forget to select the St. Catharines Enterprise Centre as your Community Partner.

For more information, phone 905-688-5601 ext 1767 or email enterprisecentre@stcatharines.ca

Pour plus d'informations en français, s'il vous plaît visitez www.fcje.ca/.

 

 

Young Entrepreneurs, Make your Pitch Competition

The Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition is back for another year! This is a high school entrepreneurship competition for Ontario residents where high school students present their business idea in a two-minute pitch. Online video submissions will close the end of March, with judging commencing in early April.

Be sure to visit www.makeyourpitch.ca to submit your video, cast your vote and stay tuned for the announcement of this year's winners!





 

  • 18 finalists will receive a trip to Toronto to pitch live at OCE's annual award-winning Discovery conference at Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
  • Six winners will be awarded reserved entry into Summer Company.
  • Through Summer Company, students receive mentoring and up to $3,000 to start their own business.

Who can I contact if I have questions about the competition?

If you have questions or concerns regarding the competition, you can contact a contest coordinator during normal business hours (Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) through email at judging@makeyourpitch.ca or by phone at 416-861-1092 ext. 5015.

 

 
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