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Summer Company

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The Summer Company program, funded by the Ontario government, has been helping students, aged 15 to 29, start and run their own businesses since 2001. As a Summer Company entrepreneur, participants receive hands-on business mentoring from local business leaders and up to $3,000 to make their dream job a reality. 

If you’ve got a winning idea for starting a new business and are a student who is not afraid of hard work, you should consider applying to the ‘Summer Company’ program - a great opportunity for enterprising young people who want to be their own BOSS! The program provides hands-on business coaching and mentoring from local community business leaders who will work with you to make your Summer Company a reality. 

If your application is accepted, you will be eligible to receive an upfront award of up to $1,500 to put toward start-up costs and up to $1,500 upon successful completion of the program. Successful completion requires that you: 

  • Implement your project substantially in accordance with the business plan 
  • Participate in coaching and training 
  • Meet with local business mentors as specified 
  • Provide documents related to the experience and business operations as required in the guidelines, and 
  • Meet all program requirements for establishing and operating the business


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How it Works

  • Advice and mentorship from local business leaders to help get the business up and running

  • Up to $1,500 up front to help with start-up costs

  • And up to $1,500 when you successfully complete the program requirements


Who is Eligible

  • Enrolled in an Ontario high school, college or university
  • Live in Ontario
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Between 15-29 years old (if under 18: a parent needs to sign the application)
  • Are not already running a business
  • Not currently working more than 12 hours week at another job during the program
  • Returning to school after the program ends
  • Have not received the Summer Company Grant before
  • Will commit to an average of 35 hours per week to run the business
  • High School Students – Complete a minimum of 8 weeks in a row
  • Post-Secondary Students – Complete a minimum of 12 weeks in a row


What Kind of Businesses are Eligible?

  • Is a sole proprietorship or corporation (where you are the majority shareholder)
  • An independent business venture (not a part of an existing or family business)
  • Qualifies as “self-employed” for income tax purposes
  • Operates in Ontario on a full-time basis
  • Keeps its own books and records (for accounting/financial reporting purposes)
  • Maintains a separate business bank account
  • Follows government rules for operating a business,  read more


Selection Process

Step 1: the program provider reviews the application and business plan

Step 2: leading candidates will be invited to pitch their business to a selection committee, comprised of local entrepreneurs, and will compete for one of 15 spaces available

Step 3: we contact successful applicants


Acceptance Requirements

Sign an agreement with the Kingston Economic Development Corporation

Agree to follow program guidelines

Provide proof that you’ve registered the business name and any other required licensing documents

At least one site visit from your business mentor or the Summer Company Coordinator


Guides & Resources


Previous Participants


Here is a look at some of our 2018 Summer Company participants.

Name         Company
 Ainsley Koven  Kingston City Painting
 Aman Partap  OneSubb
 Braylynn Saucier  B Saucier Designs
 Daniel Griff  Knock on Wood 
 Eric Zhang  Pastel Education 
 Gregory Borschneck  Dock Dogs Apparel 
 Jack Cockfield  Lifetracks
 Jordan Rouse  Bayridge Barbell
 Kyle Scruby Supreme Lawn Care 
 Rueben Abraham Dynamo Custom PC 
 Richard Valdes Fast Fix 
 Ryan Hood ValueUp Web Services 
 Sarah Nersesian Designs That Cell 
Spencer Healy Lawn Ranger 
 Zachary Viquiera VMedia 



Here is a look at some of our 2017 Summer Company participants.



Jenna Smallegange 1000 Islands Boat & Cottage Cleaning Service
Brad Kelly  B.K Painting
Cole MacDonald Mero Technologies
Darragh Gillis Daramics
Dylan Chenier Kingston Student Lawn Care
Jake Hancock NewSweater Fingerboards
Keegan Parker Fivestar Woodworking & Design
Raquel Morales Carlson Lensful Photography
Ravinderjit Kaur Rbajwa Designs
Shafagh Razaghzadeh Shabestari SY Advertisement and Accessories
Tasha Norman True North Photography




For a look at our 2016 Summer Company participants, visit our 2016 Summer Company Showcase.  


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