Aspiring young entrepreneurs to reveal business smarts through high school pitch competition

February 3, 2014

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Government of Ontario are once again teaming up to present Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch: a competition that challenges high school students in grades 9 through 12 to promote their business idea in a two-minute video.

“Ontario Centres of Excellence is pleased to once again be partnering with the Government of Ontario to deliver the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch contest and to promote entrepreneurism in the province's high schools,” says OCE president and CEO Dr. Tom Corr. “Last year's competition was a tremendous success and we expect great things from the students this year.”

This is the second year for the contest, which is a feature of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy.

“When the Make Your Pitch contest was launched last year, it was inspiring to see the entrepreneurial ideas generated by Ontario’s young people,” says Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario's Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment. “We want to continue that momentum because learning business start-up skills will help our young entrepreneurs build their futures and the future of Ontario’s economy. It will help young people become job creators.”

The videos will be evaluated by judges from the business community and the public through online voting.

Eighteen finalists will present their ideas to a judging panel at Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Discovery Conference in Toronto on May 12 and 13. They will also receive business coaching and mentoring. Six winners will get reserved entry into the Summer Company program, which includes a grant of up to $3,000 to help launch their business.

Helping young entrepreneurs succeed is in keeping with the Ontario government’s economic plan of investing in people, building modern infrastructure and supporting a dynamic and innovative business climate.

For more information, to enter or to vote, visit