A vital element of any successful entrepreneurial ecosystem is cultivating a culture of entrepreneurship in the younger generation. By making entrepreneurship accessible at an early age, the Accelerator’s High School Entrepreneurship Program, Powered by Tepperman’s, will ensure that students who have a passion for entrepreneurship also have the knowledge and support to help them pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.
Started in 2014, The Accelerator’s High School Entrepreneurship Program was the first program in Ontario to receive funding through the Ontario High School Entrepreneurship Outreach Program. Since then, thousands of local students from all three schoolboards (Greater Essex County District School Board, Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board, and Conseil scolaire catholique Providence) have completed the incredible experience this program offers.
The High School Entrepreneurship Program helps expose the students to a world of entrepreneurialism, opening their minds to ideas, concepts, and opportunities that provide a foundation for future business success.. The program is open to high school students across the Windsor-Essex region and spans 5 days, twice a year.
The Program tasks students with creating a business to address a local social issue affecting their communities and leads them through the processes of ideation, business plan development, market analysis and business finance. Students are mentored through the program by business leaders and entrepreneurs that provide guidance based on real-world experience. At the end of the week, the students present their business ideas before a panel of judges and peers. Each student also receives a complimentary professional headshot and assistance with creating a professional profile on LinkedIn, jump-starting their ability to develop and grow a professional network.