Entrepreneurial skills can be learned at any age! In Quebec, summer camps for entrepreneurs-to-be are a popular trend combining entertainment, adventure and the entrepreneurial spirit. Here’s an overview of summer camps for future business leaders.
Planting the seeds of future vocations and nourishing the entrepreneurial spirit are what entrepreneurship camps are all about, and their success just goes to show that a head for business can be developed very early.
Participants can choose from a range of camps, any of which will lead them on an entrepreneurial adventure. Whether in Beauce, Montreal, Laval, Longueuil or Lac-Beauport, Devenir enterpreneur has assembled a list of camps for little ones and older children alike.
The first cross-sector incubator in Montreal’s South Shore, Le Garage & co is offering a summer camp this year for secondary students in grades 10 and 11 called Explore l’entrepreneuriat.
The camp’s objective is to inspire youth and encourage them to start a business. It offers many activities for developing creativity, curiosity and self-confidence. Creation and fabrication sessions in the Fab Lab (3D object prototyping, personalized sweater creation, logo design, videos, photos, etc.) and conversations with young entrepreneurs will be organized by the camp’s team. Hosted by young people for the benefit of young people, the camp is supervised by Patrice Chessé, a creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship teacher at HEC Montréal and the University of Sherbrooke. Chessé also hosted a Folie entrepreneuriale camp along with Claude Ananou in 2016.
The camp’s team would be happy to meet future participants during an evening event on April 23, 2018 at 6 p.m. Visit the site for free registration.
Youth in grades 10 and 11
July 9 to 20, 2018
$1,500 for 10 days (taxes included). Bursaries of $500, $750 or $1,000 are granted based on need (see registration form).
Organized in collaboration with Table des Carrefours Jeunesse-Emploi (CJE) de l’Île-de-Montréal, the main objective of this camp is to encourage entrepreneurship as a way of motivating students between 14 and 16 years of age to stay in school and successfully complete their studies, particularly those students who have dropped out before or are likely to want to leave school.
Through a variety of entrepreneurial activities, kids discover different aspects of entrepreneurship, awaken their entrepreneurial skills and learn to identify the main attributes of entrepreneurs.
By completing projects and visiting companies, participants will realize that it is possible to find fulfillment in a sector as stimulating, tangible and creative as business.
Youth aged 14 to 16
July 9 to 13, 2018
Audace offers a unique experience that allows young people to discover entrepreneurship, become familiar with key economic sectors and develop their courage, tenacity and curiosity.
During the five-day camp, mornings are devoted to company visits and exploring various entrepreneurial sectors (chocolate making, boat building, clothing creation, 3D animation). Campers will enjoy their lunches together and afternoons will be spent developing products and services while discovering professions associated with entrepreneurship
Since 2015, Audace has built partnerships with 10 chambers of commerce and OSEntreprendre. After its 2017 edition, attended by 300 children, the 2018 edition will introduce new partnerships with Startup Festival de Montréal, Centre d'entreprise et innovation de Montréal (CEIM), Cirque du Soleil, Pepsi Co, Surmesur, Google and Groupe Océan.
Please note that the Audace entrepreneurial school in Brazil is offered in collaboration with the Canadian Consulate, Google, Mercado Livre and Pepsi Co.
Youth aged 10 to 15
Where and when?
- July 10 to 14, 2018, at the CEIM accelerator and the Montréal Startup Fest.
- July 1 to 5, 2018, at the Saisonnier recreational centre and the Lac-Beauport Maison des entrepreneurs
- July 16 to 20, 2018, at the Saisonnier recreational centre and the Lac-Beauport Maison des entrepreneurs
- São Paulo: July 23 to 27, 2018, at São Paulo’s Google Campus
$995 (+$125 with lunches). Cost includes all five days and activities.
The EEB’s Camp Entrepreneurs En Devenir (CEED) is the ideal place for stimulating the entrepreneurial spirit. By meeting with seasoned entrepreneurs and participating in practical activities, participants will learn more about themselves as well as how to communicate more effectively and to create and develop projects in a collaborative, fun environment.
This five-day adventure spent with passionate entrepreneurs and highly motivated young people allows participants to enjoy an inclusive experience that is unique to the EEB.
On the program: training sessions, sporting activities and meet-ups with experienced entrepreneurs. EEB is proud of its excellent training and range of activities offered with the support of the entrepreneurial community of Beauce.
Using a unique model of knowledge transmission between generations of entrepreneurs, called “E to E” or “entrepreneur-trainer to entrepreneur-athlete,” EEB offers three weeks of camps featuring workshops for discovering and developing participants’ entrepreneurial potential and for cultivating leadership skills.
Youth aged 16 and over, from grade 10 through to the first year of college.
Week 1: June 24 to 29, 2018
Week 2: July 1 to 6, 2018
Week 3: July 8 to 13, 2018
$2,750 (accommodation, meals, training sessions and activities included)
418-228-5558, ext. 333
Located on the Polytechnique Montréal campus, this science-oriented summer camp offers young people aged 7 to 17 a chance to explore the world of science, math, engineering and technology through creative, fun and innovative activities. Throughout the week, campers will be able to participate in many amazing activities and demonstrations, plus they will create a major project related to a particular theme. Campers will also have a chance to astound their parents and friends with their creative and scientific genius during an end-of-camp show organized every Friday.
The Folie Technique science camp offers the following benefits:
- ACQ-certified day camp that is also a member of ACTUA
- Free childcare service mornings and evenings (between 8 and 9 a.m. and 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.)
- Experiments and original creations that children can bring home with them every week
- A camp sweater
- Qualified and competent hosts
- Cafeteria service (cost is additional)
- Special access to Polytechnique Montréal
Youth aged 7 to 17
June 25 to August 10, 2018 (final week August 6 to 10, 2018)
$210 for one week
This summer camp offers an entrepreneurial program lasting three weeks for children aged 12 to 15, who are invited to develop a business project during the program. The camp takes place June 25 to August 24 and is offered in partnership with the Startup Festival de Montréal.
New for the 2018 edition: In addition to the Montreal camp, Laurus is offering a satellite camp in Laval. The refugee program will also be extended to Laval, which means there are 20 free places open to children of refugees who would like to attend.
Another new addition: Laurus will offer computer programming this year.
Campers will work with mentors on 3 main entrepreneurial tasks:
- Brainstorming and idea development
- Overcoming obstacles, financing and product development
- Developing and practising their pitch
At the end of the program, participants will test their understanding of what they learned and present their ideas to the Dragons by taking part in the Startup Festival. Laurus will award grants to the most deserving young entrepreneurs.
Presentations at the camp are offered in English.
Youth aged 12 to 15
June 25 to August 24 (Leadership Program is nine weeks). Details can be found here.
June 25 to July 13 (Entrepreneurship Leadership Program). Details can be found here.
Montreal: 3635 Atwater Avenue, Montreal, H3H 1B3
Laval: 265 Bladen St., Laval, H7W 4J8
For Montréal, see details here.
For Laval, see details here.
Discounts are offered for siblings.