The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is a non-profit organization that has helped more than 5,600 young and emerging entrepreneurs across Canada.  Through small business grants, financing options and a host of start-up resources, CYBF have helped create more than 23,000 new jobs, $163.6 million in tax revenue and hundreds of millions in sales and export revenue.

Small Business Grants and Loans for Start-ups and Entrepreneurs

Watch this video to learn more about start-up resources available through Mentor Works.

Start-up Resources and Small Business Grants for Young Entrepreneurs

CYBF understands young and emerging entrepreneurs and as such have developed an array of valuable resources, including:

  • Start-up resources to help develop successful business plans
  • Mentorship opportunities to help guide the growth of your business
  • Grants for small business start-ups of up to $45,000
  • Other expertise and resources to help connect you with the right people and successfully grow your business

CYBF Start-up Small Business Grants Success Stories

Lisa Von Sturmer has successfully launched a business called Growing City.  Lisa’s business offers a simple, clean and convenient way to bring composting into offices and businesses helping businesses reduce their waste by up to 50 percent while making a positive impact on the environment.

“CYBF provided me with the counsel, research, funding and confidence I needed to start my business” –Lisa von Sturmer, Growing City
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Operating in one of Toronto’s most eclectic communities, Anice Jewellery is in the business of creating one-of—kind jewellery from mixing old gems and with new materials.

“CYBF has truly gone beyond my expectations!  The support I received from the staff at CYBF prepared me for the business world and I recommend their programs to every young entrepreneur I encounter.”  -Brittany Hopkins, Anice Jewellery

Next Steps for Accessing CYBF and Additional Small Business Grants & Loans

If you are between the ages of 18 and 39 and have an interest in receiving help launching your business contact a Canadian government funding expert to discuss available resources and stay tuned to Mentor Works for news and updates on additional funding programs for start-ups by subscribing to our Canadian government funding weekly e-newsletter.   You can also follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn,Google+ and Tumblr.   If you have an established firm of more than 15 employees and have been incorporated for a minimum of 3 years, contact a Canadian government funding expert to learn about Canadian small business grants & Ontario business loans opportunities to further grow your business.

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Ryan has a BA in economics, an MSc in management, and several published works including two books. As Marketing Analyst at Mentor Works, Ryan enjoys communicating with business owners & executives about government grants and funding available to help overcome obstacles to growth.

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30 April 2014 Reply

Hello,
Is the CYBF program only up to the age of 39? Anything out there for somebody older?

11 June 2018 Reply

Hi Mike,

My name is Ivy, I and the founder and the co-owner of an Education Centre in Richmond Hill , ONT. We are a start up, just finished renovations and started to operate in May. Since we rented business in a new plaza, we had to endure all the cost for renovation and design which went beyond our budget, and right now myself is unemployed but having to bare the cost for all rental and its related expenses. We are trying to recruit students. The original initiative for the business was to provide job opportunities and teaching experiences for fresh grads of teachers college and university students as well as helping newcomers and immigrant students to achieve smooth transitions in culture and language. We are in great need of mentoring and business advice. Looking forward other back from mentor works.

12 June 2018 Reply

Hi Ivy, thanks for your comment. We’re happy to discuss opportunities to support your upcoming projects; unfortunately your building renovations/enhancements are complete or we might have been able to help you access some funding for that too!

We’ll be in touch via email within 1-2 business days and can talk more about your funding situation then. Thanks!

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