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Ontario Invests $27M in Youth Entrepreneurship

Province Extends Youth Jobs Strategy to Help Youth Launch Businesses, Gain Skills

Queens Park - Ontario is helping young people across the province create the next wave of highly skilled jobs and innovative products. The province is building on its support of young innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs by investing more than $27 million over two years in a number of initiatives:

• Youth Business Accelerator Program: to provide training, mentorship and market intelligence for youth starting new technology enterprises
• Youth Investment Accelerator Fund and SmartStart Seed Fund: to help Ontario-based, youth-led start-ups get off the ground by providing different levels of financing and business skills training
• Campus-Linked Accelerators and On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities: to help Ontario’s colleges and universities provide entrepreneurship resources for students and youth in their regions
• TalentEdge Internship Program: to provide opportunities for postsecondary students, PhD fellows and recent graduates to work on collaborative research and development projects between their academic institution and industry.

The programs are all part of Ontario’s renewed Youth Jobs Strategy, which offers a comprehensive suite of youth employment and training programs, including mentorship opportunities, entrepreneurial experience and start-up support. Fostering partnerships is a key focus of the strategy and postsecondary institutions are working closely with regional Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs partners to deliver seamless support to young entrepreneurs.

Investing in programs that help young people create innovative, highly skilled jobs is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

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