Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) open to young undergraduate entrepreneurs

“The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a for-profit business while attending college or university. Nominees compete against their peers from around the world in a series of local and/or national competitions in hopes to qualify for GSEA Finals.”

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The GlobalStart Voucher Program aims to help Ontario-based youth-led start-ups:

  • Immerse themselves in a selected global market outside of North America through a three to six month placement with a host incubator/accelerator;
  • Develop strong business relationships that are only possible through sustained face-to-face interaction;
  • Gain first-hand knowledge of the opportunity within that market; and
  • Achieve tangible business goals in the selected global market outside of North America, such as:
    • Sales,
    • Investment, and
    • Strategic partnerships.

Youth-led start-ups may receive up to $15,000 in OCE cash with a 1:1 match from the start-up.  The GlobalStart Voucher Program is a nomination-based  program. CLAs/OCEAs and RICs will be asked to provide a ranked list of nominees for this program. The nominations will be evaluated and OCE will invite successful nominees to submit an application for funding. Preference will be given to start-ups (to be called nominees from this point forward) that demonstrate a reasonable chance of achieving sales, investment, or a strategic partnership as a result of receiving the Voucher. Up to 42 nominees will be selected for placement with a global incubator/accelerator for between three and six months each fiscal year. 

Student Companies interested should let us know by August 19, 2016 contact

 The GlobalStart Website is now updated with full details please click here

Starter Company is a great opportunity for enterprising young people between the ages of 18-29 who want to start, and or expand a business in their community and are not students in school.  The program provides advice and mentorship from local business leaders 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.

Continuous Intake
Oshawa students: Please click here
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GlobalStart Pitch Competition

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) will hold its first GlobalStart Pitch Competition at Discovery 2016, this year in partnership with the Korea Institute of Startup and Entrepreneurship Development (KISED).  

Three Ontario companies will be selected as finalists to compete for an OCE GlobalStart award of $15,000 to help them access the first global market that they have identified. Similarly, three Korean companies will be selected as finalists to compete for an equivalent award to be awarded by KISED.

Innovative, technology-based start-ups from Ontario and Korea that are at the customer validation or customer creation stage are encouraged to apply.

Submission deadline is: April 15, 2016

For full details, please click here.


Summer Company

Go beyond your typical student summer job and turn your idea into a business.  Start in June or July and finish by Labour Day.  The Summer Company program provides students between 15-29 years old in Ontario up to $3,000, hands-on coaching and mentoring to help you start and operate your business.The Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD) manages the Summer Company program.

Submission deadline is: May 6, 2016

Oshawa students - Please click here
Peterborough students - Please click here


The New York Institute for Business and Finance
Summer Programs

The Summer Programs are three weeks of high level classes held in New York. Mornings are dedicated to high level classes. Visits of institutions such as the New York Institute for Business and are organized on the afternoons. Meetings and conferences with professionals give students the opportunity to discover Wall Street professional world and to build their network. Fridays and evenings are free, to let students enjoy New York and the US.

Sessions start in both July and August.
For full details, please visit The New York Institute for Business and Finance's website.


AGE-WELL Pitch Competition

The AGE-WELL Pitch Competition: Technology to Support People with Dementia is a networking event for emerging ideas, products, and startups in the technology and aging space with a focus on dementia.  At the pitch competition, 10-12 finalist will present their business focus on stage in a rapid 5 minute presentation to a panel of expert judges. 

July 23, 2016
For full details, please click here.