Youth Programs

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High School Students: Pitch Us Your Business Idea!

Submit your video presenting your business idea to win prizes! Entries due March 29, 2017

Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch is a high school entrepreneurship competition that challenges students in Grades 9-12 to pitch their business ideas in a two-minute video that will be voted on by the public and expert judges.

Finalists will present their ideas in front of a judging panel in Toronto at Discovery Conference (external link) in May 2017 for a chance to receive reserved entry into the Summer Company (external link) program. For more information visit (external link).

Haltech is proud to announce the Build Your Own Business (BYOB) Challenge.  This exciting business plan and pitch competition is for youth and students in the Halton region to submit a technology-based or technology-enabled business idea with an opportunity to win cash and in-kind prizes!

Find out more about the BYOB challenge here:

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Halton Region Small Business Centre offers three programs for youth and young adults, each designed to offer support, training, mentoring and the potential for financial incentives. Our Small Business Centre also offers an excellent selection of business planning and start-up resources to assist youth who are applying for these programs. Connect with one of our experienced business consultants, who are also available to provide resources to local teachers and conduct in-class presentations on youth entrepreneurship and other business topics.

Summer Company

Summer Company is an entrepreneurship program that provides hands-on business training and mentoring to enterprising students between the ages of 15 and 29, to help them start and run their own summer business. Successful applicants receive up to $1,500 in the spring to help with business start-up costs, and up to $1,500 in the fall upon successful completion of their Summer Company experience. Learn more.

Starter Company

Starter Company is an entrepreneurship program designed to help young people in Ontario between the ages of 18 and 29 start, grow or buy a small business. The program provides training, mentoring and a micro-grant of up to $5,000 for eligible participants. Learn more.

Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur Canada is a national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and resources to aspiring business owners aged 18 to 39. The Halton Region Small Business Centre is the local community partner for Futurpreneur Canada in Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville. Learn more.

Additional youth business resources

Several organizations and events across the region and the province offer youth some excellent opportunities to explore and develop their entrepreneurship skills. Learn more.