FastStart Launches Camp Startup For Young Entrepreneurs

Based on the Kawartha Backcountry Entrepreneurship Experience, FastStart Peterborough is launching a new and improved experience for young entrepreneurs called Camp Startup.

Camp Startup has been created to inspire youth entrepreneurs and take them out of their comfort zone. It takes place between September 14th to Septemer 16th at Camp Kawartha, through FastStart Peterborough (a partnership between Trent University, Fleming College and the Innovation Cluster).

 Photo courtesy Innovation Cluster

Photo courtesy Innovation Cluster

The group of 20 successful entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 - 29 will get to pack a bag and head out to Camp Kawartha for a full weekend of teamwork exercises—helping to increase the skills of those of entering the world of entrepreneurship. In order to reduce barriers to entry, the bootcamp will be free for the 20 successful applicants.

 Photo courtesy Innovation Cluster

Photo courtesy Innovation Cluster

“Our unique entrepreneurship programming allows for young entrepreneurs to get out of their comfort zone and learn in a different environment,” says Rosalea Terry, Marketing Manager and Senior Innovation Specialist of the Innovation Cluster. “They will gain new business skills while building relationships with like-minded people.”

The weekend event will start out with participants arriving at Camp Kawartha Friday evening and spend time getting to know their fellow entrepreneurs. Saturday and Sunday will consist of various workshops and activities that will be sure to push entrepreneurial limits, including pitching, canoeing, a high ropes course, and a traditional event of the program, the "creative campfire rap battle".

 Photo courtesy Innovation Cluster

Photo courtesy Innovation Cluster

The young entrepreneurs will also be able to take advantage of multiple skill-gaining activities to help build their entrepreneurship knowledge—including pitching, finances, grant applications and more that will be beneficial to their future business ventures.

The weekend will wrap up with a final pitching challenge that the participants will be working towards throughout the trip. The winning team will receive a $500 cash prize.

Applications for the adventure closes on July 26th at midnight. To apply, click here.

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