Youth Entrepreneurship Placement Program

Please be advised that the Youth Entrepreneurship Placement Program (YEPP) has utilized its funding for this period and is no longer accepting applications. This webpage will be updated to reflect any changes or renewals to the program. 

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Funded by FedNor, 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?
*Yes, businesses are responsible to pay a $500 training fee upon approval.
*Your business is also responsible for the necessary CPP/EI employer contributions.
*IION will provide the SME with a wage subsidy of $7000 for the internship period.


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]



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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.