Summer Biz School



Turn your idea into a business this summer at the YukonU Summer Biz School!

With this part-time program for aspiring entrepreneurs, you will develop real-world skills, work with mentors, grow your network, build your resume, and receive funding for your business.

Successful applicants will work with local entrepreneurs and have access to Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E)’s network of over 100 business mentors. We aim to give you the knowledge and tools you need to think decisively, act confidently and watch your idea flourish.

We believe that business can be a force for good. This program will expose you to sustainability practices with an introduction to social enterprise.

This program was made possible with funding from Government of Canada’s Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) and TD Bank Group.


“Most of us are unaware of the many ‘ins and outs’ of starting a business … This program acts as a guide to fill in the blanks … [and] offers valuable mentoring, connection and financial supports, as well as skills that would otherwise be difficult to acquire.”

- Grace-Anne Janssen, YukonU Summer Biz School alumna and owner of It’s a piece of cake


Join the program

The Summer Biz School is an opportunity to develop your business idea by: 

  • working with local entrepreneurs  

  • connecting with potential partners and mentors from across the country 

  • developing entrepreneurial skills, including problem solving, critical thinking, networking and relationship building 

  • building your resume  

  • developing self-determination  

  • gaining real world experience 

  • using this 2.5-month experience to decide if your business idea is worth pursuing

What is in it for Summer Biz School participants

The Program starts with a Launch Week for all students to: 

  • meet the Innovation & Entrepreneurship team and entrepreneur sponsors 

  • connect with additional entrepreneurial support

  • validate their idea and build the foundations of their business through a one-day bootcamp 

At the end of this immersive launch event, you will have a better understanding of the business idea you want to pursue for the rest of the summer. This includes: 

  • training on how to develop a successful pitch 

  • learning and networking opportunities

  • customized sessions with the tools and resources to grow your idea, including individual mentorship

Who can apply

Apply now if you are a Yukon resident who is:  

  • aged 18-30,  

  • a college or university student (studying part-time or full-time) planning on returning in Fall 2022, or graduating this spring,  

  • or a student graduating from high school this spring and planning on attending a college or university in the fall 2022,

  • and available to commit at least 10 flex hours per week to the program from May 9, 2022 to July 15, 2022.

No business background required. 

Selection process

Written submission: 

  • share the idea, interest or problem that you are curious to explore  

  • tell us about your areas of passion for your career and community 

  • explain why you want to join the Summer Biz School 

Fill out the application form by April 8, 2022. Follow-up phone interviews may also be required. 

Funding support for each participant is generously provided by: