Hamilton has launched a new initiative to showcase the city’s budding start-ups while also sparking interest in the next generation.
Start-up crawl brought hundreds of students from McMaster University and Mohawk College to places around the city that help foster development.
Rob Belchior with the Small Business Enterprise Centre says it’s a great opportunity to highlight resources and support systems like the Starter Company Program.
“It’s for youth 18 to 29, they get training, mentoring, networking opportunities and a grant of five thousand dollars” he said.
Dozens of entrepreneurs who tapped into the program were in attendance for the first stop on the crawl, Hamilton City Hall.
Students were able to circulate through displays, ask questions and network.
Emily Kulpaka with Determination Martial Arts says the Starter Company Program provided guidance and helped her get the mats needed to start offering classes.
Her advice to students trickling through was to make sure their business is a labour of love.
“If it’s not your passion driving you, if you’re looking for money or you’re looking for just a break, it’s not going to succeed” she said.
The Starter company program still has 160 thousand dollars in grants for aspiring young entrepreneurs with an application deadline of March 31st.
Other stops along the crawl included the Forge, CoMotion and Innovation Factory.