Opportunities for Student Entrepreneurs

Opportunities for Student Entrepreneurs



NSERC invites postsecondary students to participate in Science, Action! video contest


Attention students: got 60 seconds to show how your research project is creating a better future for Canadians? You could win $5,000! The National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is launching a new edition of its Science, Action! video contest for postsecondary students to help Canadians discover the impact of science and engineering. The contest opens on January 20, 2016.


Launch Your Career As an Entrepreneur

Venture for Canada is a fellowship for top, young university graduates to spend two years working at innovative startups across the country with the mission of training these graduates to become entrepreneurs moving forward.

We are part of the Venture for All Network, which is a global network of organizations, hosted by Columbia Business School. As a Fellow you:

  • Work at leading firms such as Wattpad, Shopify, Nymi, Vidyard, and WealthSimple.  
  • Receive five weeks of training at Queen's University, as well as ongoing support and training over a two year period.  
  • Join an incredibly supportive community of top-performing recent grads who are are passionate about entrepreneurship.

The $100,000 Small Business Challenge

The Small Business Challenge is a unique opportunity to help your small business overcome a current business problem with the help of a $100,000 business grant, new technology from TELUS, and national coverage from The Globe and Mail. To compete in the 5th annual Small Business Challenge, start by telling us a little bit about yourself. What is your business vision? What is your business’s biggest challenge? How can the grand prize help you overcome that challenge? Be sure to make a compelling case, because once you’ve done so, our panel of business experts will decide which competitor will be awarded the grand prize. This year’s $100,000 winner could be you—and that’s something to get excited about!



43North gives out $5 million in cash prizes each year to some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs and startups from around the globe. Think you have what it takes to be one of our next winners? Prove you do by signing up for this year's competition! Buffalo, a piece of the $5 million pie, incubator space, mentorship opportunities and tax breaks await you.


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? Futurepreneur and Spin Marster are looking for young innovators to compete for up to $50K in financing from the Spin Master Innovation Fund.



BioLinc is working with student entrepreneurs at Brock University to help turn scientific ideas into business opportunities. Come talk to us about an innovative idea, a project or even a business plan and we'll provide you and your team with the necessary guidance, business advice, market intelligence needed to convert their idea into a commercializable product.



Blueprint is an exciting program designed to give undergraduate, graduate students and alumni a chance to develop and grow their ideas and businesses. Blueprint is a program run through BioLinc, in collaboration with several departments at Brock University, and partners throughout the Niagara community.  Much more than a business competition, Blueprint is designed to create a unique opportunity for students by providing them with business advice, mentorship, and funding.


Monster Pitch

Monster Pitch is BUEC’s version of the popular TV show, Dragon’s Den. Four groups of students pitch their business idea to a panel of judges and compete to win a start-up package. Students can compete to expand their existing business or turn their ideas into a reality. 

Click to watch the Free Video Series for Entrepreneurs: Bruce Croxon and Jim Treliving Share Lessons in Growth and Leadership Backstage at ACG Toronto


Undergraduate Student Research Awards

Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are intended to stimulate interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage students to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields. They help students to gain research work experience that complements studies in an academic setting; these awards can help provide students with financial support through their host university.



The Council of Ontario Universities (COU), in partnership with the Government of Ontario, has announced the fourth annual Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) Ontario undergraduate student competition. They are seeking innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions to accessibility-related barriers in the community.


Summer Company

Through a program called Summer Company, you can get two things:

start-up money to kick-off a new summer business

advice and mentorship from local business leaders to help get the business up and running

Learning how to run your own student business is one of the best summer jobs you can have. You get to be your own boss while learning what it takes to manage a business. Sales, marketing, invoicing, bookkeeping, customer relationship, management — these are just a few of the highly useful skills you will develop.

Find out more about summer company.


Deborah Rosati Entrepreneurship Co-op

If you're a co-op student at Brock University, you can now start and run your own business for a co-op work term, earn up to $10,000, and help to grow Niagara's economy.

Find out more about the Deborah Rosati Entrepreneurship Co-op.


SmartStart Seed Fund

The SmartStart Seed Fund is an exciting new opportunity for Ontario's next generation of entrepreneurs to access much-needed funding to take their companies to the next level. Open to young entrepreneurs from the ages of 18-29, the program provides both seed financing and financing for entrepreneurship skills training to help recipients grow their companies and make them investment and customer ready.

For more information, click here.


The Next Founders

The Next Founders is designed to support and nurture the founders of massively scalable, high margin ventures who want to grow their company while growing as an entrepreneur.

Over three months, we provide tailored education taught by some of the world's top faculty and entrepreneurs, in combination with access to an extraordinary community of investors and entrepreneurs.


The Next 36

The Next 36 is a resource-rich program designed to nurture the entrepreneurial promise of 36 undergraduates with extraordinary potential each year. It was founded by a small group of entrepreneurs, business leaders and academics in response to Canada's need for more high-impact entrepreneurs, and is championed by Founding Patrons W. Galen Weston, Paul Desmarais, Sr. and Jimmy Pattison.

Applications are now open for the 2016 Cohort!


Studio Y Fellowship

  • an intensive 8 month fellowship for young people aged 
  • each year, a cohort of 25 fellows are chosen to join the program
  • learn critical 21st century skills needed to solve complex problems
  • build networks with peers, mentors, coaches, and leaders
  • pursue your innovative ideas for bold change in society
  • work on real-world challenges with partners across sectors