Youth spotlight: Summer Company entrepreneurs

Young entrepreneurs bring creative ideas to Vaughan’s community

The Summer Company mini series is back for the second year and this summer we’re featuring 24 new young entrepreneurs. We’ll be updating you throughout the summer on these innovative minds and their journey into the business community.

Summer Company is an annual program run by the Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre (VBEC) in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure that provides hands-on business mentoring to young entrepreneurs.

The City of Vaughan proudly supports the growth and entrepreneurial spirit of this community. Fostering youth entrepreneurship and small businesses helps Vaughan build a solid foundation for a successful community and future. 


Alex Cieslak

Alex Cieslak

Alexander Cieslak – Performance PC

Alexander Cieslak turned his love for video games and computers into a business venture. Performance PC specializes in the production of custom-built computers that are powerful enough to operate the most demanding games.

This young student helps his clients build high-performance systems tailored to their needs while providing a powerful and reliable home computer. Alexander is excited to use new technologies and the help of Summer Company to build his company and experience in the industry.

Email Alexander Cieslak for more information about Performance PC.


John Capo

John Capo


John Capo – E-Motion Marketing

E-Motion Marketing is a one-stop shop for marketing solutions. John Capo specializes in online marketing, including social media management, web design, digital media marketing and promotional campaigns. John uses his expertise to help small to medium-sized businesses customize a marketing plan that will build and maintain their brand.

Visit E-Motion Marketing online or email John Capo for more information.



Daniel Kantor

Daniel Kantor


Daniel Kantor – Critico Entertainment

Critico Entertainment is a company that develops games for mobile devices. Daniel Kantor strives to create fun and entertaining games for all ages. His latest game, War of Eraz, will soon be released for download on Android and iPhone. For Daniel, his goal is to “develop awesome games for awesome people.”

Email Daniel Kantor to learn more about Critico Entertainment.


Diana Pan

Diana Pan


Diana Pan – French4Kids

Diana Pan understands the importance of Canada’s bilingualism and wants students to learn to speak both French and English. Diana offers French tutoring lessons for children from five to 14 years of age. Beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons are available for small groups or individual classes.

Email Diana Pan for more information or to book your educational assessment.

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Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez-Larrain – Fresco

Eduardo Rodriguez-Larrain introduces Fresco: a dining experience made with locally-sourced ingredients that are purchased onsite at farmers’ markets. The young cook wants to serve a delicious meal that focuses on all the great produce Ontario has to offer. Some of Fresco’s specialties include poutines made with locally grown potatoes and fresh sandwiches with a variety of tasty toppings and sauces to choose from. For Eduardo, Summer Company is an opportunity to turn his business dream into reality.

Email Eduardo Rodriguez-Larrain to find out where Fresco will be!



Annie Ha

Annie Ha

Annie Ha – AK Face Paints

Thanks to Summer Company, Annie Ha will be sharing her creative talents this summer with the Vaughan community. AK Face Paints is a mobile arts and entertainment business that provides a variety of services including face painting, glitter tattoos and balloon twisting. You may spot Annie painting away this summer at conventions, birthday parties, schools and special events.

Email Annie Ha to have her join you at your next event.



Sandra Sinayuk – Verbena Cosmetics

Verbena Cosmetics was created when Sandra Sinayuk realized there were very few options for entirely pure, natural beauty products. Sandra produces 100 per cent vegan and cruelty-free plant-based cosmetics for buyers that really care about the ingredients that are in the products they use.

Visit Verbena Cosmetics online.


Raphael Costa, PhD
Small Business Consultant
Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre



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One thought on “Youth spotlight: Summer Company entrepreneurs

  1. Hi,

    Are any of these entrepreneurs from Thornhill? I’d like to write about them.

    Simone Joseph, reporter/writer The Thornhill Liberal and


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