Summer Company and Starter Company Plus 

Summer Company Student Group

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

Summer Company Program

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Congratulations to BRC's 2018 Summer Company Students! 

Applications for the 2019 program will be accepted January through May 2019.  

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 across the Province per year.

Starter Company Plus Program

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Congratulations all of BRC's Starter Company Plus Grant Recipients! 

At this time, all available grant funds have been disbursed.  Check back soon for updated 2019 program information! 

The Starter Company Plus program provides mentoring, training and capital up to $5000 for entrepreneurs to start, grow or buy a small business.

Eligible candidates are Ontario residents between 18+ 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 Ontario's Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBECs) through the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation & Trade, and the Ministry of Research & Innovation.

How to Apply

Contact the BRC office at 519-756-4269 or visit our Workshops and Events tab for details on the next Starter Company Plus Orientation Session.  Your completed business plan is your application to be considered for the grant funding, and BRC staff are available to assist as your ideas and business model continue to develop. 

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.