Entrepreneurship Connections is a free, intensive training program offered in Toronto, Ontario. The program includes in-class training for up to 4 weeks, plus one year of mentorship and networking opportunities.

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Entrepreneurship and Self Employment in Canada for Ukrainians (ECU) program

Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Self Employment in Canada for Ukrainians is a free program that answers basic questions about what it is like to start a business or engage in freelance and contract work in Canada.  Introducing participants to the legal, financial, and cultural aspects of business in Canada, this short term bootcamp will help you decide if self-employment is the right option for you.

For more information, contact: Kateryna Matsyk 

Program Components

  • 4-week program
  • Customized one-to-one coaching to start your business
  • Orientation to entrepreneurship in Canada
  • Experiential learning

Program Benefits

  • Gain knowledge and resources to successfully start your business
  • Learn how to create a business plan and access funding resources
  • Access to successful entrepreneurs, mentors, and guests who are experts in entrepreneurship topics
  • Referrals to Speed Mentoring®
  • Prepare a “business pitch” and access support to navigate Canadian business culture

Program Eligibility

  • Permanent Resident (or Individuals who have been selected for PR status pending completion of certain requirements), Protected Persons, CUAET Work Permit Holders
  • Interest in starting your own business
  • Applicants must have a viable business idea
  • Language requirement: CLB 5+ or equivalent

Program Dates

May 1 – 26, 2023

July 10 – Aug 4, 2023

September 11 – October 6, 2023

November 13 – December 8, 2023

January 8 – Feb 2, 2024

February 26 – March 22, 2024

Program Fees

There is no fee associated with this program.