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IGNITE EXPLORE: Youth Entrepreneurship Cohort applications now open

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Applications are now open for the IGNITE EXPLORE Fall Cohort.

Youth are the future innovators of our communities. As a core pillar at IGNITE, the agency wants to make sure all youth have the skillsets to think differently and have the ability to capitalize on opportunities. IGNITE created EXPLORE in 2019 to support those who do things differently, and want to try something new.

EXPLORE is best suited for high school and PSE students, although everyone is encouraged to apply. The applications are reviewed and the participants with ideas that have the most commercialization opportunity will be chosen to join the program cohort. During the school year, participants will be invited to several virtual workshops on topics from ideation, to problem definition, to customer discovery, to prototyping, and more. Participants will also have access to all of the IGNITE resources we offer resident companies including space, physical equipment, and mentorship.

EXPLORE is a four-month program to support youth while they explore entrepreneurship and get hands-on with starting their own businesses. Up to $5,000 is available for anyone under 25 to help seed their venture and workshops are held throughout the program to teach the fundamental skills of running a business. The applications close Friday, August 21 at 11:59 PM.

In order to qualify for the cohort, you must:

  • Be aged 10 to 25
  • Be located in Atlantic Canada
  • Have a business idea that has opportunities for commercialization

To apply, please go to