Media Release

Students Invited to Create Their Own Summer Jobs

For immediate release
April 8, 2021

Summer Company offers young entrepreneurs training and mentorship from local business leaders.

Kingston, Ontario – April 8, 2021 – Kingston Economic Development Corporation announced that applications for Summer Company 2021 are currently being accepted until May 23. Students will be given the opportunity to start their own business throughout the summer months and will receive the training, support and mentorship required to start up a business in our community. 

Funded by the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Kingston Economic Development Corporation has managed the Summer Company program. Participants receive hands-on business training with local business leaders and up to $3,000 in funding to make their business idea a reality. Province wide, more than 900 students will be participating in Summer Company. This program offers free virtual business training and pairs students with a business coach.

“As Summer Company kicks off during the pandemic, I’m excited to support this new cohort of enthusiastic student entrepreneurs that are interested in positively impacting the social and environmental spaces in our community – particularly through their creative and digital skills. I am so impressed by the talent from last year, where students created businesses that supported those being affected by the pandemic,” says Claire Bouvier, Small Business Advisor at Kingston Economic Development Corporation.

Interested students must be between the ages of 15 and 29, enrolled in school for the fall of 2021, and able to dedicate at least 35 hours per week towards developing and running their business. Summer Company assists students with gaining valuable business skills as well as develop their network of like-minded entrepreneurs and professionals.

Mikalya McFarlane is a great example of helping out her volleyball community by designing the VBT – Volleyball Backboard Trainer. This portable trainer became very popular amongst players and coaches for training during the time of social distancing.

“Our bootcamp instructor, tailored our learning to our specific products or services - making the learning very personally valuable, and giving us ideas we could implement right away. Summer Company has really introduced me to the great supports there are within Kingston if a young person wants to start their own business,” says, Mikayla McFarlane, 2020 Summer Company grant recipient.

Kingston Economic Development will host virtual information sessions for students to learn more about the program on April 19 and May 12, 4 – 5 pm. Kingston Economic Development will be available to offer support with applications, share resources, and answer questions to help youth in business.

“Summer company provides young entrepreneurs with an opportunity to learn by doing, and in my own experience, there has never been a better way to learn how to run a business. This is why I encourage all students who would like to pilot their business idea to take advantage of this opportunity,” Norman Musengimana, Business Development Manager, Small Business & Entrepreneurship at Kingston Economic Development Corporation.

The province has allocated 10 program spots for youth living in Kingston and the surrounding area. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as the application deadline is May 23, and the spaces are limited.

Young entrepreneurs that do not qualify to participate in Summer Company are welcome to contact Kingston Economic Development for business training and support.

To learn more about Summer Company and how to apply visit

Media Contact

Nour Mazloum
Communications & Events Officer
Kingston Economic Development Corporation
[email protected]


About Kingston Economic Development Corporation               

Kingston Economic Development Corporation is focused on building a strong community and supporting Kingston’s thriving economy. Its mission is to provide dynamic and collaborative leadership by leveraging Kingston's unique assets to create jobs and investments in order to sustain, grow, and transform Kingston's economy to meet the needs of the 21st century.