Entrepreneurship & Training

Providing next level support in networking, fundraising, entrepreneur-in-residence or operational advice for youth starting their own initiatives.

Our Summer Employment Program hires youth to do work for themselves throughout the summer.
Youth take their pre-existing social innovation ideas and develop social enterprises for long-term success.

The idea is that the youth are able to gain tangible skills but also take their great ideas and sustainably transition them from a purely social innovation framework to a more sustainable social enterprise framework

How it works

  • Business Development Training

    Youth will receive business development training workshops such as design thinking, human-centered design, business modeling, networking for impact partnerships and storytelling for social entrepreneurs.

  • Mentorship

    Youth will have access to an entrepreneur in residence as well as dedicated time to put the work and skills they’ve learned into action.

  • Networking Opportunities

    Through a variety of Youth Ottawa events, youth will be able to network and put into practice the variety of skills they are learning through the business development training and mentorship to gain experience for their own social enterprises.

Meet the youth from this program and their established social innovation initiatives

Some of the Youth Led Initiatives that have undergone this program