EDP – Details

Funded by FedNor and Ontario Trillium Foundation, IION’s Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) (formally known as the Youth Entrepreneurship Placement Program) is a 16-week paid placement involving experiential and educational learning for high potential participants interested in innovation and entrepreneurship.

There will be two cohorts per year (one starting Monday, May 6th and the second starting Monday, September 2nd)

IION-EDP provides for-profit innovative companies with a competitive wage subsidy of $7,200 to apply to the participant’s wage ($12/hour for 37.5/hours/week) nurturing and building the participant’s entrepreneurial capacity while increasing the SME’s ability to innovative and commercialize.

There are 3-core components to this program that participant must complete:

1) Hands on learning: Participants are matched with an innovative company
2) Educational learning: Guided & structured entrepreneurial educational program
3) Experiential learning: 5-days of off-site personal and professional development activities

When does EDP occur?
EDP will have two cohorts a year
Cohort One: Monday, May 6th – Friday, August 23rd, 2019
Cohort Two: Monday, September 2nd – Friday December 20, 2019 *September 2 (Labour Day) will be considered a paid day.

Companies

I am a business owner, is my business eligible?
The innovative applicant must be a registered for-profit entity located in the districts of Nipissing, Timiskaming, Parry Sound or Muskoka. Innovative companies are defined as creating economic value and growth through new or significantly improved product, processes or services. EDP is not applicable to businesses operating as distributors, resellers or wholesalers.
*All company & participant applications are subject to a competitive review process.

Does the company have to find a participant for the position?
Yes, it is the responsibility of the company to find a participant match prior to the deadline of March 29, 2019 for cohort 1 or August 2nd, 2019 for cohort 2. IION will aid in the promotion of the position and forward any potential candidates that apply to the program for a company’s consideration and vetting. It is strongly recommended that applications are submitted as early as possible to allow for potential matching.
*Current employees are not eligible to be participants. Participants cannot be related to the directors, officers or managers of the organization. 

What hours are the participants expected to work?
The participants are expected to be full-time T4 employees of the company, working at minimum 37.5 hours a week for 16-weeks. If the participant misses work throughout the placement, it is the company and participant responsibility to schedule them in a way to make up those hours prior to the final date of the placement.

What is a match?
A company and participant pair is considered a match once both company and participant applications are received by IION. Matches must be made before the Friday, March 29th deadline for cohort 1 and August 2 deadline for cohort 2 in order to be considered by the selection committee.

During the placement, companies are expected to mentor the youth. What are the expectations and duties of the companies in this respect?
EDP is meant to be an introductory overview to entrepreneurship; IION will send companies a list of the topics that the participant will be learning such as financial statements and customer discovery. It is expected that the youth will be shown some of these aspects of the company through a meeting, a project or a conversation.

When are the mandatory key development activities?
There are three mandatory key development activities in which the participant must participate.
May 6th: Ignition Day at Spirit Point Lodge in South River led by Tony Cox of Leaders of the Day.
June 17th-19th: Venture Camp at Spirit Point Lodge in South River; a 3-day professional development retreat with Leaders of the Day. Participants must stay on-site for the 3-days.
July 19th: Professional Development Day: Workshops built around employability skill sets.
*Cohort 2 dates will be confirmed closer to the date. 

Does the company pay the participant while they are at the mandatory key development activities?
Yes, the company must treat the 5-days of off-site key development activities for the participants as paid workdays at (7.5 hours/day).

Does IION cover travel costs to attend key development activities?
No, IION does not cover travel costs for the participants to attend these activities. IION does offer a shuttle between North Bay and Spirit Point Lodge for Ignition Day and Venture Camp at no cost. It will be the participants responsibility to get to North Bay or Spirit Point Lodge (Trout Creek). Meals for the 5 days and accommodations for Venture Camp are covered by IION.

If successful, how does the funding work?
-Approved companies will receive a wage subsidy of $7,200 ($12/hour for 37.5 hours per week for 16 weeks) to help offset costs of the participants wage.
-The funding is disbursed 50/50. The first payment ($3,600) will be disbursed in the first month of the placement, the second half of the funding ($3,600) being disbursed at the end of the placement when the final reporting documents have been submitted to IION.
-The company must contribute a minimum of $1,200 ($2/hour for 37.5 hours per week for 16 weeks) to meet the provincial minimum wage of $14/hour.
-Over the 16-weeks, the participant must be paid at minimum $8,400 (in regular hourly wages). Successful companies must submit pay stubs throughout the program to show proof of payment.
-The company is responsible for the mandatory employment related costs (CPP & EI and any other work-related fees, insurance etc.).

When is the deadline to apply?
Cohort 1: Friday, March 29th, 2019.
Cohort 2: Friday, August 2, 2019

 

Participants

What are the applicant & program requirements?
All participants must be legally entitled to work in Canada and have an interest in learning about entrepreneurship as a career and have an innovative spirit. Participants must agree to complete the 16-week placement with the matched company, the educational program outside of work hours (unpaid- 1 hour/week) and participate in the 3 mandatory activities (paid- 5 days off site from the company)

Where do the placements take place?
Placements will occur with companies who are located in the districts of Nipissing, Timiskaming, Parry Sound or Muskoka.

Does the participant have to find a company for the position?
Yes, it is the responsibility of the participant to find a company match prior to the deadline of Friday, March 29th, 2019 for cohort 1 or August 2nd, 2019 for cohort 2. If the participant does not have a company match, IION will forward the participant’s resume and application to companies that apply to the program; based on the identified preferences for location, field of interest and skill sets, for a company’s consideration and vetting. Applications that are complete and have a matched company identified will be sent to a selection committee. It is strongly recommended that applications are submitted as early as possible to allow for matching.
*Current employees are not eligible to be participants. Participants cannot be related to the directors, officers or managers of the organization.

What is a match?
A company and participant pair is considered a match once both company and participant applications are received by IION. Matches must be made before the Friday, March 29th 2019 deadline for cohort 1 and August 2, 2019 for cohort 2 in order to be considered by the selection committee.

What hours are the participants expected to work?
The participants are expected to be full-time T4 employees of the company, working at minimum 37.5 hours a week for 16-weeks. If the participant misses work throughout the placement, it is the company and participant responsibility to schedule them in a way to make up those hours prior to the final date of the placement.

What type of companies are eligible?
Companies must be innovative and be registered for-profit entity located in the districts of Nipissing, Timiskaming, Parry Sound or Muskoka. Innovative companies are defined as creating economic value and growth through new or significantly improved product, processes or services. EDP is not applicable to businesses operating as distributors, resellers or wholesalers.
*All company and participant applications are subject to a competitive review process. 

What & when are the mandatory key development activities?
There are three mandatory key development activities in which the participant must participate.
May 6th: Ignition Day at Spirit Point Lodge in Trout Creek led by Tony Cox of Leaders of the Day. This is an orientation day to go over the program specifics, meet the participants and the IION staff.
June 17th-19th: IION Venture Camp at Spirit Point Lodge led by Leaders of the Day. This is a 3-day professional development retreat where outdoor leadership activities are linked with core business and entrepreneurial skillsets which will provide participants with a foundation of networking, confidence, leadership, decision making and teamwork skills. Participants must stay on-site for the 3-days and participate in all activities.
July 19th: Professional Development Day: workshops built around around employability skill sets.

Does the participant get paid for the three mandatory key development activities (5-days)?
Yes, the company must treat the 5-days of off-site key development activities for participates, as paid workdays (7.5 hours/day).

Does IION cover travel costs to attend key development activities?
No, IION does not cover travel costs for the participants to attend these activities. IION does offer a shuttle between North Bay and Spirit Point Lodge for Ignition Day and Venture Camp at no cost. It will be the participants responsibility to get to North Bay or Spirit Point Lodge (Trout Creek). Meals for the 5 days and accommodations for Venture Camp are covered by IION.

Can this placement count towards a co-op or other post-secondary credits?
It is highly recommended that the participant speak with their professors about the placement to see if there is a possibility for credits.

When is the deadline to apply?
Cohort 1: Friday, March 29, 2019
Cohort 2: Friday, August 2nd, 2019

 

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