Young Entrepreneurs

Programs for Young Entrepreneurs

En•tre•pre•neur: One who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.

More than 100,000 new businesses are started each year in Ontario, 40% of them by young people 25-34 and 16% by youth under 25. If you're young and interested in exploring the possibility of going into business for yourself, either now or in the future, we can help. The more business skills you gain, the greater the chance of business success.

Summer Company

15-29 and in School?

Summer Company is a great opportunity for enterprising young people who want to start and run their own summer business.

Who is eligible: Summer Company is for returning full time students between the ages of 15-29.

What you get: One on one mentoring, 12 hours of business training, and a grant of up to $3,000.

Find out more about Summer Company

Starter Company

18-29 and Not in School Full Time?

Starter Company gives youth the opportunity and support to either start up their own business, or to grow their existing business.

Who is eligible: You are eligible if you are between the ages of 18-29 and not in school full time. You also must not be currently on any other government employment program.

What you get: Six months of one on one mentoring, free personalised business training and the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $5,000.

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Make Your Pitch (Applications are now closed)

Full Time Student?

Make Your Pitch competition invites high school students in Ontario to pitch their business ideas in a two-minute video.

Who is eligible: To be eligible you must be a full time student and a Canadian citizen.

What you get: 20 finalists are awarded a trip to Toronto to pitch their ideas live at OCE’s Discovery conference and showcase. From this 20, six winners are chosen and reserved entry into the Summer Company program, a $750 education voucher from Desire2Learn, a Nymi band from Bony and a Muse brain-sensing headband by Interior for the 2015 year.

For more information visit their website  or contact Chantelle Core at the Sarnia Lambton Business Enterprise Centre at 519-332-1820 ext. 222 or

Futurepreneur Canada

Between 18-34 and Starting a Business?

Futurpreneur Canada provides youth with the opportunity for low interest financing for their business, as well as an internationally recognized mentoring program.

Who is eligible: To be eligible you must be 18-34 and out of school; or in your final year of full-time studies.

What you get: Financing of up to $45,000, mentoring and online support tools.

For more information visit or contact Chantelle Core at the Sarnia Lambton Business Enterprise Centre at 519-332-1820 ext. 222 or

Junior Achievement Programs

Grades 9 - 10: After School Company Program

This is an after school activity that offers a real life business experience! With the guidance of business advisers, young people get to form their own company, develop a product or service and operate the company right through to liquidation using a computerized financial record system. Opportunities exist for scholarships, bursaries and awards for participating and qualifying students.

Grades 10 - 12: Be Entrepreneurial

Through this interactive program, facilitated by volunteers in collaboration with the classroom teacher, students identify entrepreneurial concepts, including product, service competitive advantage and target market. The program gives students an understanding of the important role planning plays in starting a business. Be Entrepreneurial also helps students develop an awareness of resources that are available to entrepreneurs so students are able to start building their own business plans.

For more information visit the Junior Achievement site or contact Jr. Achievement at 519-336-1484.