Youth Programs 

Summer Company Student Group

The Brantford-Brant Business Resource Enterprise Centre offers programs targeted specifically at young entrepreneurs.

Summer Company Program

Summer Company logo

Summer Company 2016 has come to a close!

Check back in January for 2017 availability.

Summer Company is a Province of Ontario initiative that provides business opportunities for enterprising students, 15 to 29 years old, to start and run their own summer businesses.

As a Summer Company entrepreneur, you’ll receive hands-on business coaching and mentoring from local community business leaders who will help you make your Summer Company a success. Who knows, it could be the start of something big!

If your application is accepted, you will be eligible to receive up to $1,500 to put toward start-up costs and up to $1,500 upon successful completion of the program. View Summer Company guidelines (will open a new window) for more detailed information.

Steps to apply

Learn more

Check out this video below and hear Summer Company entrepreneurs talk about their experiences as they began and operated their own companies.

Summer Company’s popularity gains strength each year as Ontario’s innovative and entrepreneurial youth bring their business ideas to life. The program regularly attracts more than 600 students per year.

Starter Company Program

The Starter Company program is a key component of Ontario’s comprehensive Youth Job Strategy, which aims to invest $295 million over two years to help young people find jobs and start their own businesses, while helping employers find skilled workers. Starter Company will provide mentoring, training and capital up to $5000 for youth to start, grow or buy a small business.

Eligible candidates are Ontario residents between 18-29 years of age, not attending school full time, and looking to start a full-time business. The program is 6-8 months in length, with ongoing mentoring and training. Starter Company will be delivered by the Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBECs), part of Ontario’s Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE).

How to Apply

Our next Starter Company Orientation Session will be held on Thursday September 8, 2016 from 9:30 am to 10:30 at the BRC (1 Market Square, Suite 201, across the hall from William's).  If you're interested in attending, please contact Kara Davey at 519-756-4269 or

Summer Company Introduction - Young Entrepreneurs in Ontario

If you cannot view the video below, click to view the video directly on the YouTube website in a new window

This short video features several students who were actively involved in the Summer Company Program. Each student has a brief segment where they speak about who they are, what their company is about, and how the program was able to help them be successful.