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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 www.makeyourpitch.ca (external link).

Background

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.

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

Various events and organizations across Halton Region and the Province of Ontario encourage youth to develop their entrepreneurial skills.

  • The Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) is a joint venture between industry, education and community partners in Halton. The organization is non-profit. Their goal is to enhance career education and create the best opportunities for youth.
  • Python's Pit provides an avenue for creative, entrepreneurial residents and students of Halton Regions to pitch their business concepts and product ideas in front of a live audience and a panel of real business moguls from the community also known as "the Pythons". Finalists will enhance their knowledge; receive much-needed capital or scholarships, in-kind assistance, and mentoring.
  • The Halton Skills Competition offers students in grades four to 12 the opportunity to demonstrate their technical skills in a friendly, but competitive environment. Skill categories include carpentry, electronics, fashion design, graphic design, home building and many more.
  • The Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair is a competitive four-day science fair held annually for students in grades seven through 12, from Hamilton, Halton Region, Haldimand County, Norfolk County, Brant County and Six Nations. Student projects can win medals, prize money and scholarships.
  • Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) offer a wide range of programs to support the entrepreneurial activities of students and youth across Ontario.
  • Canada Business Ontario offers a Youth Entrepreneurship Guide designed to help youth start a business and learn about programs, financing and other resources.