York Entrepreneurship Development Institute – Youth Program & Venture Fair


The Youth Program provides accepted students a free, 4-month program, including formal academic lectures by Schulich Executive Education Centre instructors, workshop-based training in entrepreneurship, and mentorship by key industry leaders. At the end of the program, entrepreneurs will have a professionally developed presentation deck and a proper business model that is ready to pitch and potentially bring to the market.
Upon successful program completion, participants:
– receive a formal certification from YEDI;
– will present their businesses or not-for-profit projects at the exclusive Venture Fair. The Venture Fair provides a concrete opportunity for participants to showcase their business to an investor audience, as well as create industry partnerships that will take their venture to the next level in development and success.

Comments on Funding:

Upon successful program completion, YEDI students will pitch at the Venture Fair for an opportunity to receive grants for their ventures. Selected participants will be awarded one of five $2,000 grants or one of three $5,000 grants.


The applicant must:

  • be the founder; co-founder(s) will be considered;
  • be between 15 and 29 years old;
  • reside in or be able to commute to Toronto, ON for program;
  • have a unique and innovative idea that is in raw, seed, early, or growth stage.

YEDI is sector agnostic and will consider start-ups from any industry.

Applications Steps:

YEDI accepts 30 entrepreneurs (ages 15-29) per 4-month cohort. A committee comprised of industry experts and partners will be responsible for evaluating applications based on set criteria.

Other Things to Note:

Applications are currently closed.

Program Contact:

Youth – YEDI

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