Twenty successful applicants have been chosen to participate at Camp Startup, an adventure by FastStart Peterborough (a youth entrepreneurship training partnership that brings together Trent University, Fleming College and the Innovation Cluster).
Each participant was chosen based on their innovative business ideas required in the applications, ranging from helping the environment to increasing accessibility.
The chosen applicants (they are between the ages of 18 to 29) are: Richard Mathieu, Kasandra Gill, Abdullah Alvi, Conor Lynch, Amber Pula, Katrina Schouten, Ranvijay Singh, Sulfiya Moideen, Amitozdeep Singh, Vinny Lana, Krishma Gabba, Geoff Wolfer, Gaurav Ahuja, Erica Rankin, Reilly de Jong, Meet Nakrani, Tyson McDonald, Atam Goyal, Dylan Trepanier and Timothy Bissonnette.
Some of the aspiring entrepreneurs chosen for Camp Startup
The camp takes place September 14th to 16th, and the winning team will receive incredible new entrepreneurship skills and $500 toward their new business.
The Top 20 will hit the ground running on the Friday evening (September 14th), as the campers arrive at Camp Kawartha for an icebreaker. This will be followed on Saturday and Sunday by team-building exercises while implementing their own enterprise ideas.
To end the experience on Sunday, campers in their group will pitch to a panel of established judges in entrepreneurship and business. The winning team will split $500 cash to go towards entrepreneurial pursuits.
Many past participants of the experience have since went on to build businesses through both the FastStart program and the Innovation Cluster.