Ignite! Pitch Series, powered by Meridian Credit Union
This three-part series encourages ncTakeOff entrepreneurs to spark ideas and set them ablaze! Early in the academic year, you have an opportunity to start thinking about starting up during a Startup Weekend. Serious entrepreneurs are then invited to Pitch Perfect: a pitch competition for early-stage entrepreneurs where a cash prize and business services is on the line. The winner from Pitch Perfect is automatically advanced into the GNCC's Ignite pitch competition where businesses can win $10,000 in cash and $30,000 in business development services.
Current students who are in the "proof of concept" phase and in need of funding for prototype development are eligible for $1000 grants through the Ontario Centres of Excellence On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities Program. If interested, please connect through the ncTakeOff contact form. To learn more about our network of Makerspaces which you could access for prototyping equipment and expertise, click here.
Several Youth Partnership programs support enterprising young people looking for jobs or for support with self-employment through various activities across the province – regardless of your background or circumstances.
If you’re a student age 15-29, you can get up to $3,000 and hands-on coaching and mentoring to start and run your own business through the Summer Company program. Over the last ten years, more than 4,000 students have started businesses this way.
Entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-39 can access a suite of programs through Futurpreneur Canada that will help guide you from pre-launch to expansion. They include coaching, financing, mentoring and more.
If you’re between 18-29, wanting to start or grow your business, and not enrolled in full time education, you could be eligible to join the Starter Company program and receive a grant of up to $5,000, mentorship and support from local resource centres.
Join a club
Niagara College’s entrepreneurship club, Enactus, is committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.