Program to encourage young entrepreneurs

Looking to become the next Gates or Zuckerberg?  Here's your chance.

The city of St. Catharines says applications are open for Summer Company, a provincial program to help students start their own business.

Students aged 15 to 29 receive business training and mentorships from local business people as well as support from experts at the local Enterprise Centre and a $3,000 grant to get their ideas off the ground.

Eligible candidates must apply before May 19.

They must be: Ontario residents, Canadian citizens or permanent residents; willing to commit to a minimum of 280 hours (secondary school students) or 420 hours (post-secondary students) to their business; and not working at another job or attending school for more than 12 hours per week during their term for the Summer Company program.