The Waterloo Region Small Business Centre is proud to be involved with various youth entrepreneurship programs. Our goal is to educate and assist young entrepreneurs in the areas of business planning, and promoting entrepreneurship as a valid career option.


Starter Company

Starter Company is a great opportunity for enterprising young people between the ages of 18-29 who are not enrolled full time in school. The program provides advice and mentorship to help get your business up and running; start-up money to kick off a new business or expand your current business; as well as experience of running a successful business that may help you obtain more traditional financing such as bank loan if you so require in the future.


Starter Company provides:
• training and business skills development to help youth prepare to run their own business
• advice and guidance from a Small Business Centre Advisor to help get the business up and running
• if eligible, funding up to $5,000
• experience running a business that will better position youth to obtain more traditional financing, such as a bank loan
You can apply if you are:
• an Ontario resident aged 18 to 29
• not attending school full time

As this is a competitive process, you may be eligible to receive up to $5,000 to put towards your business. Successful applicants show that you can also contribute at least 25% of the grant amount to your business (cash or in-kind). A limited number of grants are available
Register to attend an information session.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 519-741-2604 or [email protected]


Learn more here


Summer Company

If you are between the ages of 15-29 and you want to start your own business this summer and be your own boss, then you should consider applying for the 'Summer Company' program. If your application is accepted, you will be eligible to receive an award of up to $3000 - up to $1500 up front to help underwrite start-up costs, and up to $1500 upon successful completion of the program.


The program provides hands-on business coaching and mentoring from local community business leaders who will work with you to make your dream a reality. The Waterloo Region Small Business Centre will be hosting 3 information and application assistance sessions across the region. Please click here for more information.

To apply for Summer Company please click here. If you have any questions, please contact us at 519-741-2604 or [email protected]



Are you an aspiring young entrepreneur, aged 18 to 39, with a solid business idea? Are you looking for the financial support and expert advice that will help you bring your great business idea to life? Futurpreneur Canada can help. Futurpreneur Canada, (formally CYBF) is a national non-profit organization providing pre-launch coaching expertise, online business resources, financing and industry-leading mentoring to help you start your own successful business.


Futurpreneur Canada is all about support from the beginning of your entrepreneurial journey right through to all of your milestones. Futurpreneur Canada provides young entrepreneurs with access of up to $15,000 for their start-up. Additional financing of up to $30,000 is available through their unique partnership with the Business Development Bank of Canada. Futurpreneur Canada supports businesses of all kinds – skilled trades, technology, retail, services, and everything in between. Their loans do not require security – Futurpreneur Canada lends based on character and a great business plan. Plus, every entrepreneur is hand-matched with an experienced business mentor for a minimum of 2 years to allow knowledge sharing and ensure a higher business success rate.


Financing for Startups Seminar - learn more about the Futurpreneur Canada application and financing. Visit for more information about the program, eligibility criteria and all their services.


Contact Us, your local Futurepreneur Canada Community Partner at 519 741-2604 or
[email protected]



With the philosophy of 'Success comes to those who help others succeed!' The WRSBC Mentorship Program facilitates connections between local entrepreneurs and experienced business professions to solve issues and promote success. Areas for discussion may include: Legal, Management, Financial, Employment, Sales and Marketing and Logistics. The group will also have the opportunity to network with other professionals in their community. Email us at [email protected] for more information or to be matched with a mentor!