Resources for Young Entrepreneurs

We have collected a number of resources that are specifically targeted to young people starting out or looking for support in their entrepreneurial endevours

Haliburton Highlands Young Professionals Network:

The Haliburton Highlands Young Professionals Network provides the "20-30 something" demographic of Haliburton Highlands with opportunities and supports to live, work, and play here. 

 Connect with the YPN

Starter Company Plus

Through Starter Company Plus, you can get one-on-one guidance from a Small Business Enterprise Centre advisor; participate in business workshops, seminars or networking events; talk to a mentor with experience in starting, expanding or buying a small business, etc.

You can also apply for a grant of up to $5,000.

These supports are available if you want to start a new company, expand an existing company or buy a business in Ontario.

Click here for more information.

Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch

Presented by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Government of Ontario, the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition invites high school students in Ontario to pitch their business ideas in a two-minute video. Videos are judged through online public voting (40%) and expert judges’ scores (60%).

Twenty finalists are chosen and are awarded a trip to Toronto to pitch their ideas live in front of a panel of judges from the entrepreneur community.

Based on the live pitches, the judges select six winners who are presented with reserved entry into the Summer Company program along with a Muse 2 Headband from InteraXon and $750 education voucher.

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Summer Company:

Through a program called Summer Company, you can get two things:

  •  start-up money to kick-off a new summer business
  • advice and mentorship from local business leaders to help get the business up and running

Learning how to run your own student business is one of the best summer jobs you can have. You get to be your own boss while learning what it takes to manage a business. Sales, marketing, invoicing, bookkeeping, customer relationship, management – these are just a few of the highly useful skills you will develop.  

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Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur Canada is a national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Their internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 3,000 volunteer mentors.

Click here for more information.