Be your own boss this summer

 

 

Want to run your own business?

We teach youth the practical skills for starting up a successful business during the summer break. We then coach and fund them to run it.

If you are between the ages of 15 and 29 and you have a business idea, you may be eligible for this program. If accepted, you will receive up to $3,000, hands-on coaching and interactive workshops for starting and running your own business this summer.

Join the waitlist for next summer today!

Program participants receive

Interactive workshops

Hands-on mentorship

A grant of up to $3,000

A digital community of entrepreneurial peers

Applications are now open until May 27th. Spaces are limited and will go quickly.
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The Frosted Scribe is a home bakery specializing in meringue-based desserts, macarons, dacquoise cakes, pavlovas and other meringue-based desserts.

Zainab Sandhu
The Frosted Scribe

Coco’s provides premium quality soft-serve and coffee-based treats such as mix-ins, affogatos and iced coffee. 

Youqi Zheng
Coco's Cafe Creamery

Receiver Teacher is an educational social media platform, educating the youth on the technical aspects of playing the wide receiver position in American football. These can either be in the form of sending in videos and getting feedback or in-person sessions. 

Tristan Ready
Receiver Teacher

Zombiecraft is a game about surviving waves of zombies in a post-apocalyptic era. The players need to keep their base safe and gather better weapons throughout the match due to increasing difficulty over time.

Stephen Rioux
Zombiecraft

Our Journey creates jewelry made out of recycled plastic while reducing the amount of plastic waste going into landfills.  Social media and blog posts will further raise awareness of the need to recycle and discuss environmental issues.

Stephen Rainer
Our Journey

ANTI composes innovative and exciting incidental music to other creatives in mediums such as film, TV, fashion and visual art.

Simon Archibald
ANTI

AlterLithium sells merchandise art on pin buttons, acrylic charms, all made of own drawings. 

Miles McGraw
AlterLithium

Tee’s of many colors by KS designs Tie dyed garments such as tee shirts, masks, tote bags. Perfect for that extra splash of color in your wardrobe. 

Kristina Smart
Tee's of many colors by KS

QED offers math and public speaking tutoring to middle and high school students. To maximize students’ engagement they collaborate on a live whiteboard during each session.

Harry Qu
Q Education (QED)

Orion Studio is an indie game development studio dedicated to bringing the most enjoyable and highest quality game experiences to players around the world.

Faraaz Jan
Orion Studios

One of the best summer jobs you can have

Build your business

  • Propose a new business idea separate from any current family businesses.
  • Prepare a business plan that shows the business can successfully launch and operate this summer.
  • Learn what it takes to run a successful business through interactive workshops and hands-on coaching by experienced entrepreneurs.
  • Develop skills in sales, marketing, bookkeeping, customer relationship management and online sales.
  • Run your business; be prepared to invest 35 hours a week to operate it during the summer.

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Build your business

  • Propose a new business idea separate from any current family businesses.
  • Prepare a business plan that shows the business can successfully launch and operate this summer.
  • Learn what it takes to run a successful business through interactive workshops and hands-on coaching by experienced entrepreneurs.
  • Develop skills in sales, marketing, bookkeeping, customer relationship management and online sales.
  • Run your business; be prepared to invest 35 hours a week to operate it during the summer.

 

Leverage the start-up money

A grant of up to $3,000 will be awarded to successful applicants in two instalments:

  • The first instalment of up to $1,500 will be provided to cover startup costs at the beginning of the program.
  • The second instalment of up to $1,500 will be provided upon successful completion of the program.

Find your community

  • Meet like-minded young entrepreneurs like yourself.
  • Share your passions.
  • Make friends along the way.

Find your community

  • Meet like-minded young entrepreneurs like yourself.
  • Share your passions.
  • Make friends along the way.

Apply now and be your own boss this summer

Meet Ottawa student entrepreneurs

Amal Abed, Tota’s Gems

Timeless tailored jewelry

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Charlotte Alexander, The Little Bean Company

The little bean that wood

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Drayton Mulindabigwi Jabo, 20today20tomorrow

Beginning a boundless social enterprise

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Mac Henry, Camp Questalot

Storytelling in a digital age

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Anna Hiemstra, Makrtech & The Robotic Arm Kit

Bringing STEM to your doorstep

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Yvonne Tan, Yvonne Tan Art

Art with a mission

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Is the Summer Company Program for you?

Eligibility
  • Be between 15 and 29 years old.
  • Currently a student and returning to school in the fall (proof of enrollment required).
  • Be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant residing in Ontario.
  • Are not already running a business.
  • Are not working at another job or going to school for more than 12 hours a week during the program.
How to apply

Applications for 2021 program are open until May 23. Here is how to apply:

What to expect after you submit your application
  • If your application meets the program requirements, you will be instructed to complete the Summer Company business plan template and start up budget calculator.
  • Once your business plan and startup budget calculator are complete and submitted, your program coordinator will invite you for an interview.
  • After the interview, your program coordinator will let you know if you’ve been approved to participate in the program.


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