SAULT STE. MARIE INNOVATION CENTRE
99 FOSTER DR., LEVEL SIX
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON P6A 5X6

T: 705.942.7927 E: info@ssmic.com
Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
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WHAT WE DO

YOUTH BUSINESS SUPPORT

YouLaunch offers a variety of business support services to assist young entrepreneurs ages 29 and under in starting up and growing their new or existing business.

YouLaunch's Business Support Services through the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre include:

Advisory Services

  • Next steps
  • Protecting your idea
  • Guidance on funding
  • Access to market information and resources
  • Helping entrepreneurs adopt technology to further grow their company

Networking

  • Interact with young professionals
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Business leaders
  • Community leaders

Funding

  • Seed funding 
  • Growth funding
  • 100% grant dollars
  • Private investment access

YouLaunch is able to put entrepreneurs in contact with startup and growth funding to help lessen the financial burden of starting a business. More information on this funding is available through contacting our YouLaunch team. 

If you have an idea that can't be supported by one of our programs, we can also help put you in touch with our partners that may help. For more information on what funding is available and help determining if your business would qualify, contact us at youlaunch@ssmic.com

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YOUTH OUTREACH

YouLaunch connects teachers, students and adult allies to the tools and resources needed to spark innovative and entrepreneurial interests and attitudes in the community, including a variety of programs geared toward secondary and post-secondary school learning and curriculum goals. Services and programs offered vary and depend on staff availability. Contact YouLaunch for more information.

For more information or to find out how to get your business started contact YouLaunch today!

High School Programming  

YouLaunch continues to expose high school students to the ideas and teachings of entrepreneurship. 

We continue to do this through building the entrepreneurial toolkit by offering in-class skill building opportunities,
as well as out of class learning experiences, such as workshops, and guest speakers.

Some of our high school programs include:

  • Junior Achievement 
  • Business Model Canvas Workshops
  • Make Your Pitch workshop series
  • Characteristics of an Entrepreneur
  • Marketing for Newbies
  • Hour of Code
  • Career guidance and mentorship in the science and technology field

We can also cater presentations to your individual classroom needs.

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Post-Secondary Programming

YouLaunch has partnered with Sault College and Algoma University to promote the On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities program. This is part of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy and aims to help students take advantage of business support services within their academic institutions and to start successful businesses.

YouLaunch hosts networking activities and workshops on each campus throughout the year to encourage students to interact with the startup community in Sault Ste. Marie.

Out of Class Youth Learning Experiences

  • Advanced Research Technology Innovation Expo (ARTIE)
  • Science Festival
  • Digital Marketing Workshop
  • Gateway Algoma
  • Business Model Canvas Workshops
  • Grub at the Hub
  • Guest Speakers
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ARTIE and kids youth presentation event

OUR PARTNERS

YouLaunch is brought to you by a partnership between the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, Algoma University, Sault College, and Ontario Centres of Excellence.

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