Youth Entrepreneurship Placement Program
Funded by FedNor and the 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: 4-days of off-site inspirational Venture Camp activities.
IION-YEPP will provide for-profit Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) that also embody the entrepreneurial innovative spirit, funding to hire qualified workers for 16-weeks (May-August 2016) 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 located in one of the following catchment areas: Nipissing/Temiskaming, West Nipissing and Parry Sound/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
*Your business must be a for-profit entity that is registered as a sole proprietorship, a partnership or a corporation.
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
*IION will provide the SME with a wage subsidy of $7100 for the internship period for the youth
*Some time costs – SMEs are expected to provide the youth with entrepreneurship mentorship/guidance type conversations or 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 pursuing entrepreneurship as a career and have an innovative spirit.
*You will be required to complete the 16-week placement with your matched company
*Complete a 16-week online educational program
*Participate in 4 mandatory activities (off site from your employer) throughout this time period (Ignition Day, Professional Development Day, 3-days Venture Camp 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]
PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY:
Venture Camp 2015 at Spirit Point Lodge – Led by Tony Cox from Leaders of the Day (a part of the IION-YEPP experience)
Thank you to Alex, Josh and Neil from Canadore College’s Digital Cinematography program for their hard work!
2016 – YEPP Participants & Companies receiving their certificates & plaques
Thank you to Canadore College for providing professional photography by Steven Newman.
Thank you to Nipissing University for providing the location.