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Ontario Centre of Excellence


David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge

Honouring past OCE Board Chair David McFadden, the David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge invites university and college students from across Ontario’s academic institutions to address challenges facing the energy sector. Each year a particular challenge is selected and students pitch their entrepreneurial ideas and solutions to be judged against David’s own philosophy of innovation: that it be economically viable while also leading to the betterment of society in creating a safer, better place. The winner receives $25,000 to assist in advancing the business concept

*** March 30th, 2016 — Video business concepts and entry forms due

Talent Edge Internship Program

TalentEdge is designed to give the province’s students real-world experience and the chance to apply their knowledge and leading-edge expertise to industry problems. It also provides an opportunity for participating companies to gain the benefit of the leading edge skills and knowledge of our college and university students as well as research and development capacity.

OCE Discovery 2016

Discovery is Canada’s leading innovation-to-commercialization conference. Hosted by Ontario Centres of Excellence, Discovery brings together key players from industry, academia, government, the investment community as well as entrepreneurs and students.

Summer Company 


Ontario is now accepting applications for the Summer Company program, which helps youth start their own business and gain the skills they need to succeed.

Summer Company offers mentorship, training and awards of up to $3,000 to students aged 15 to 29.


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The objective of the program is to support eligible and suitable employers in targeted sectors to meet their workforce development needs by providing employees with short-term essential and technical skills training aligned with the needs of the sector.

Northern College Entrepreneur Centre


The Northern College Entrepreneur Centre aims to create a vibrant entrepreneurship culture on all its campuses. We help support and strengthen the regional entrepreneurship ecosystem by providing assistance and resources to students and alumni in their quests toward starting their own businesses, thereby increasing economic development activity within the region. The Entrepreneur Centre provides access to one-on-one mentorship, awareness activities, workshops, seminars, networking opportunities, and referrals to our extensive network of partners.




Head Start in Business

The Northern Ontario Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative, (Head Start in Business) is a project that brings together 24 Community Futures Development Corporations across Northern Ontario to fulfill their mandate of introducing entrepreneurship to youth.

A Head Start in Business has been a driving force in entrepreneurship awareness and initiation for the past 15 years. Over 16000 youth have participated in our innovative and experiential programs making entrepreneurship more accessible and realistic as a viable career option.

We boast an exceptional lineup of workshops, activities, contests and events for youth aged 4 – 34, as well as incredible summer camps for entrepreneurial-minded youth aged 5-29. Our programs are offered in various communities throughout Northeastern and Northwestern Ontario.


Enterprise Olympics

It is a two-day competitive event where students will get to meet, talk with and be advised by mentors, who themselves are young inspiring entrepreneurs. The students will then work with other secondary students from across Northeastern Ontario to develop a business idea, prepare a rudimentary business plan and execute a professional elevator pitch! These business ideas are developed on site with people from all over Northern Ontario.