It’s not just any dream — it’s yours. Make your business idea a reality!

Could you be a Starter Company entrepreneur?
Are you a recent graduate in the health profession? Have you completed your education in professional services, such as law, accounting, information technology or human resources? Have you completed an apprenticeship program in skilled trades? Are you a passionate artist faced with the challenge of making a full-time income?

Do you want to be your own boss? Start a business, and make your business and career goals a reality with Starter Company.

For young adults looking to start a company
Get the capital and professional advice you need to start and expand a business in Vaughan. By registering with Starter Company, you’ll receive:

  • One-on-one mentoring with a Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre (VBEC) consultant and other entrepreneurs operating in Vaughan
  • Access to business seminars, workshops and info sessions on writing a business plan, budgeting and executing a marketing campaign
  • Up to $5,000 in funding

If you’re a Vaughan resident aged 18 to 29 and not a full-time student, you may qualify for funding up to $5,000. You will need to contribute at least 25 per cent (in cash or in kind) of the grant amount.

There are also options for those on social assistance.

Be your own boss
Why work for someone else when you can be your own boss? Almost one-third of youth-owned businesses in Canada are located right here in Ontario. Learn more about Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy.

The climate for youth entrepreneurs is better than ever, particularly in the knowledge sectors where young people have the advantage of low startup costs and technology know-how.

Top four factors driving youth entrepreneur success

  • Culture: from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to Dropbox’s Drew Houston to Tumblr’s David Karp, there’s a growing parade of leadership examples for young people. Becoming a CEO is more imaginable than ever.
  • Technology: the digital natives have the insights and expertise to find profitable niches in the rapidly growing world of mobile, Internet and social media innovation.
  • Lean methodology: the cost barriers associated with starting your own business have fallen dramatically. With careful planning it can be done with $5,000 or less as opposed to $100,000.
  • Access to capital: not only are investors more willing to fund 22-year-olds now than they were a decade ago, there is an increase in funds available — from venture capitalists to the federal and provincial government. Starter Company and Futurpreneur are two of the programs that VBEC can assist you with. 

Do it — we dare you to submit your application now!
Apply now through VBEC. Set up an appointment at any time to discuss the application process or get more information:

Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre
2141 Major Mackenzie Dr., Second Floor, Vaughan

Phone: 905-832-8526
Email: vbec@vaughan.ca

Julia Gersh
Small Business Consultant
Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre (VBEC)

 

 

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