Summer Company Program Offers Funding for Young Entrepreneurs

Posted Apr 10th, 2018 in News & Updates

Summer Company Program Offers Funding for Young Entrepreneurs The St.Catharines Enterprise Centre is once again offering young entrepreneurs an exciting opportunity to bring their business ideas to life through the Summer Company Program.

Summer Company is funded by the Government of Ontario and provides young entrepreneurs with the opportunity to start their own business. The program offers hands-on business coaching and mentoring from local business professionals, as well as training and support from the Enterprise Centre. Successful applicants will receive an initial award of $1,500 allocated for start-up costs related to their business.

Over the course of the summer, students will learn what it takes to manage a business, including sales, marketing, bookkeeping, customer relationship management and networking skills. After successful completion of the program, participants will receive a second grant of $1,500.

As part of our selection process, we are looking for students between 15-29 years old who are interested in running their own summer business. Eligible candidates must apply before May 19, 2018 and must be:
  • Attending school and returning to school in the fall
  • Ontario residents, Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • Willing to commit to a minimum of 280 hours (for high school students) or 420 hours (for post-secondary students) to their business
  • Not working at another job or attending school for more than 12 hours per week during the term of the Summer Company program

If you are a student who is an aspiring entrepreneur or know someone who is, you can contact the St.Catharines Enterprise Centre.  

For more information, applicants are encouraged to contact our Summer Company Coordinator Michael Marini at mmarini@stcatharines.ca or by phone at 905-688-5601 extension 1761.

We are here to help all applicants navigate the application process and we are happy to answer any questions about the Summer Company program.