Youth Programs

Summer Company

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 2017, 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.  Visit the provincial webpage for more information.

Summer Company Success Stories:

2016 Summer Company

2015 Summer Company

If you have any questions, please contact the SBEC at 905-540-6400 or

2017 Deadline for application is Friday, May 5th.

Prepare for the next call for applications – check to see if you are eligible for the program

E.R. Monaco Business Plan Competition

This youth program gives high school students the opportunity to enhance their skills through the development of a professional business plan. Our competition is designed to challenge your students’ entrepreneurial talents.

Top 5 business plans will receive a cash prize for their efforts.

Eligibility Requirements

The Business Plan Competition is open to youth between the ages of 15-20, individuals attending a high school within the Hamilton area, groups of no more than 3 students (entries may also be submitted by individuals).

For more information, please have your teacher contact the SBEC at 905-540-6400 or for more information.  

2016 Deadline TBD.




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