Youth Entrepreneurship Placement Program

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Please be advised that the applications are closed for the Youth Entrepreneurship Placement Program. This webpage will be updated when applications open for Summer 2018. 



Funded by FedNor and Ontario Trillium Foundation, IION’s Youth Entrepreneurship Placement Program (YEPP) is a paid placement involving experiential and educational learning for high potential youth (18-29) interested in innovation and entrepreneurship.

There are 3-core components to this program:

1) Hands on learning: Youth are matched with an innovative company to work for 16-weeks
2) Educational learning: 16-week guided & structured online entrepreneurial educational program
3) Experiential learning: 5-days of off-site inspirational personal and professional development activities.

IION-YEPP will provide for-profit Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) that also embody the entrepreneurial innovative spirit, $7100 in funding to hire qualified workers for 16-weeks (May-August 2017) nurturing and building youth entrepreneurial capacity while increasing the SMEs ability to innovate and commercialize.


I am a business owner, is my business eligible?

*Your business must be a for-profit entity located in one of the following districts: Nipissing, Timiskaming, Parry Sound or Muskoka.
*The IION-YEPP is targeted towards innovative companies who are willing to work with a youth participant for the 16-week period and help them gain knowledge and experience

Are there costs to the business?
*Your business is responsible for the necessary CPP/EI employer contributions and any additional wages you would like to offer
*SMEs are expected to provide the youth with entrepreneurship mentorship type experiences.

I am a youth, what are the application requirements?
*All youth participants must be between the ages of 18-29 and legally entitled to work in Canada.
*You have the interest of learning about entrepreneurship as a career and have an innovative spirit.
*You must agree to complete the 16-week placement with your matched company & the online educational program
*Participate in 6 mandatory activities (off site from your employer) throughout this time period (Ignition Day, Professional Development Day, 3-day Training Retreat and the Graduation Ceremony)


For more information and to apply please contact the staff at IION by calling 705-474-7600 ext. 5660 or email [email protected]




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IION-YEPP Venture Camp 2015 at Spirit Point Lodge – Led by Tony Cox from

Thank you to Alex, Josh and Neil from Canadore College’s Digital Cinematography program for their hard work!


2016 YEPP Graduation