Resources for helping you plan and grow your business
Are you ready to turn your passion into a business? Do you have an idea but aren't sure how to turn it into a start-up? Have you invented the next disruptive technology but aren't sure how to patent it?
We've assembled resources for young Canadian entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-39 that can help support your entrepreneurial spirit. From mentorships and training to loans and much more, you'll find it here. Browse the resources below to find programs and resources that meet your needs.
2 Year Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program
industry-leading mentoring offers expertise, resources and skill-building opportunities to take you and your business to the next level.
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
ACOA is a federal agency that works toward the successful development of business and job opportunities in Atlantic Canada. Through its partner offices and agencies, ACOA offers both entrepreneurship development and business start-up programs, as well as a wide variety of small business resources.
The Business Development Bank of Canada
BDC provides solutions to today's business challenges to help small businesses develop into tomorrow's business leaders. BDC's experienced, highly-trained account managers and business consultants provide superior, customized service to meet the individual needs of entrepreneurs at every stage of their business development.
Spin Master Innovation Fund
Do you have an innovative business idea? Think you have what it takes to disrupt your industry and change the game? We’re looking for young innovators to compete for up to $50,000 in financing from the Spin Master Innovation Fund.
This government department offers a plethora of online resources for small business including step-by-step start-up info, expert advice, software tools, directories, online filing service ans a selff-evaluation guide.
Unlocking the Power of Youth Entrepreneurship
Offers advice for first-time entrepreneurs and people just starting to think about becoming an entrepreneur.
Jobs & the workplace
Find work, explore skills and training, make career decisions, plan retirement and apply for temporary financial assistance.
Western Economic Diversification Canada (WEDC)
WEDC promotes entrepreneurial development of the economy through a network with over 100 points of service in Western Canada. Its services include programs, workshops, self-assessment tools, info guides, financing and legal resources
Grants and Loans for Young Entrepreneurs
Accessing capital can be a frustrating process for young entrepreneurs. Banks are low risk lenders, and quite often young entrepreneurs are not able to meet the qualifying criteria for traditional loans. As a result, governments and organizations in many provinces offer secured loans, or possibly even grants, to qualifying young entrepreneurs.
Patenting your invention - The Basics
Navigating the patent process can be a bit mind-numbing, not least figuring out if your idea or invention is actually patentable. This guide will give you some basic information about what can be patented, how to apply for a patent, fees and much more