The Starter Company Program is a key part of Ontario's comprehensive Youth Jobs Strategy that was announced in the 2013 budget.
The Starter Company Program provides mentoring, training and capital for youth to start, grow or buy a small business. For the purposes of this Program, youth are defined as those between 18 and 29 years of age.
Starter Company provides:
- training and business skills development to help youth prepare to run their own business;
- advice and mentor opportunities from local business leaders to help get the business up and running;
- experience running a business that will better position youth to obtain more traditional financing, such as a bank loan, if required; and
- Where applicable/eligible, a micro-grant to kick-off a new business or expand an existing business.