Youth Programs


Want to start your own business, buy or expand an existing company?
Interested in advice and mentorship from local business leaders?
Then Starter Company may be for YOU!
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Summer Company 2016 is now OPEN!


If you’ve got a winning idea for starting a new business and are a student who is not afraid of hard work, then you should consider applying to Ontario’s “Summer Company" Program.

If your application is accepted, you will be eligible to receive an upfront award of up to $1,500 to help put towards start-up costs and up to $1,500 upon successful completion of the program.  Deadline to apply is May 6th
Program Coordinator: Jennifer Vivian
Check out the 2014 Summer Company Yearbook which celebrates the entrepreneurial commitment to resourcefulness and hard work displayed by each student. Featured on page 21 is Brampton participant Dan 'Kobi' Amponsah of Neck Couture.

The 2016 Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition is now underway
The competition challenges high school students in grades 9 to 12 to pitch their business ideas in a two-minute video.  Students must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant enrolled full-time in an Ontario high school in Grades 9-12. 
The video submission deadline is March 23, 2016.  Online Voting for the best video pitches runs from March 28 to April 14, 2016.  Twenty finalists will receive a trip to Toronto (including transportation and hotel for the finalists and their chaperones) to present their ideas to a judging panel at the Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Discovery Conference in Toronto May 9 to 10, 2016.
Since 2013, 18 youth have been named Make Your Pitch winners, from a total of 57 contest finalists. 
For more information on the program, competition details and highlights from last year, please visit