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Summer Company

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The Summer Company Program provides coaching and mentoring from business leaders to students aged 15-29 who are returning to school in the fall and want to run their own business. Start-up funding as well as a grant after completing the program are available.

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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 the age of 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 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: Kingston Economic Development staff 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 for one of the 35 spaces available
  • Step 3: Successful applicants will be contacted by Kingston Economic Development


Acceptance Requirements

  • Sign an agreement with the Kingston Economic Development Corporation
  • Agree to follow program guidelines
  • Verify you've registered the business name
  • Provide any other required licensing documents
  • At least one site visit from your business mentor or the Summer Company Coordinator

 Additional Resources



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



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