Youth Programs


Summer Company is a key component of the Ontario government’s young entrepreneurs programs, which aims to encourage more young people to turn their talents into creative and innovative businesses. Summer Company provides hands-on business training and mentoring, together with awards of up to $3,000 to help enterprising students start up and run their own summer business.

Eligible candidates must be between 15-29 years of age, a student returning to school in the fall of 2018, a resident of Ontario, Canadian citizen or Landed Immigrant and is not to be operating an existing business or be employed full time over the course of the summer. In addition, students must be prepared to commit a minimum of 8 -12 consecutive weeks full-time to the experience.
Students apply to the program by completing a comprehensive business plan and participating in an interview.   
 For information about the Summer Company program and for updates to apply for summer 2019, visit

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The Make Your Pitch competition is back! Ontario high school students: submit a 2-minute video describing your business idea. You could get support for your start-up!
Make Your Pitch 2018
Twenty high school entrepreneurs from across the Province will pitch their ideas at OCE Discovery 2018 for up to $3,000 in start-up funds and entrepreneurial mentorship through Ontario’s Summer Company program and other awards in the Young Entrepreneurs, Make your Pitch competition.
Now in its sixth year and presented by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG), the competition invites high-school entrepreneurs from across Ontario to pitch their innovative ideas online via a two-minute video.  The twenty finalists were chosen through online voting and judges’ scores from over 200 video submissions and on April 30, will pitch their ideas to a live audience and a panel of judges at Discovery 2018. 

The Brampton Entrepreneur Centre is thrilled to announce that four Brampton high school students have been selected as finalists and will represent our city at this years Discovery Conference. 

2018 Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch Brampton finalists are:
1. Prayag Shah of Brampton for the company Mealeaf (North Park Secondary School)
2. Raquel Goka of Brampton for the company R.A.C.K.S. (St. Roch Catholic Secondary School)
3. Haris Kamal of Brampton for the company GameFind (North Park Secondary School)
4. Aaliyan Khan of Brampton for the company The Positivity Project (Brampton Centennial Secondary School)

Through the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition, we are seeing the immense business potential, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit of high-school students in Brampton.  It is exciting to inspire, foster, and support the next generation of Brampton-based entrepreneurs and innovators.