The government of Ontario and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is supporting youth (19-29) entrepreneurs involved in on-campus entrepreneurship activities through the SmartStart Seed Fund. Through this funding program, applicants can receive up to $35,000 in seed funding and access to regional business and investment networks and resources.

  • Amount: Up to $30,000 in early-stage funding or 50% of eligible expenses, whichever is less. Also, up to $5,000 in financing is available towards business skills training and support services and access to business and investment resources.
  • Timeline: The timing of application must align with the applicant being a student or recent post-secondary graduate involved in on-campus entrepreneurship activities or the Campus-Linked Accelerator Program.
  • Eligibility: Youth (18-29 years old) entrepreneurs that are Canadian citizens or permanent residents with a viable business plan, a commitment to grow an Ontario-based company, and that has an incorporated start based in Canada and linked to at least 1 Ontario college or university.

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