Young entrepreneurs face a unique set of challenges when starting up a business. Aside from overcoming stigmas associated with their age and experience, conventional financing is usually a problem. Young entrepreneurs have access to all services offered by GEBC, including business consulting, business planning, and business loans to grow their enterprise. We want to see the businesses of the youth in Haldimand County and West Lincoln grow and be successful in their communities and beyond.
Programs for Youth Entrepreneurs
For new businesses owners ages 18 - 34 Futurpreneur offers collateral-free loans at better interest rates than most banks. But they can’t do it alone. They are able to finance up to $15,000 per business plus give entrepreneurs the opportunity to work with a volunteer mentor. To find out more about Futurpreneur and if your business is eligible contact the Grand Erie Business Centre.
The IGNITE Entrepreneurship Program has been made possible through funding from the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, and Youth Entrepreneur Partnership Programs. The purpose of the IGNITE program is to demonstrate to the rural youth of Haldimand and West Lincoln that entrepreneurship is a viable career option.
The program is designed to provide High School students with the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial skills and ultimately start their own business. The program will be a combination of online learning, workshops and hands on activities. Students will also receive hands on coaching and mentoring to assist in making their business successful.
An opportunity for enterprising students to start and run their own summer business. Students receive hands on coaching and mentoring from local community business leaders to aid them in making their summer business a success.
Must be attending high school, college or university and live in Ontario
Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
Between ages 15-29
Financial Information: If your application is approved, students are eligible to receive up to $1,500 to put towards business startup costs. Upon successful completion of the program, students may receive up to $1,500 of additional funds.