For the past four years, summer entrepreneurship camps have been spreading throughout Quebec, combining entertainment with entrepreneurial adventure. Summer in this province is a great time for allowing good ideas to mature and solidify. Here's a look at an undeniably successful phenomenon.
For most everyone, summer is for escape and fun. But for more and more children, summer is also a great time for thinking up good ideas while enjoying the season. The objective of entrepreneurship camps is to offer an alternative to the usual camping/adventure/outdoor summer camp, instill the possibility of a future vocation and develop the entrepreneurial spirit, all while still offering classic discovery-type activities. The success of these camps demonstrates that you can become an entrepreneur at any age. Activities range from campfire circles and swim time to dinners with business leaders and factory visits. Some camps even offer participation in the StartUp Festival, taking place July 12 to 15, 2017, in Montreal.
Future participants can choose from amongst several camps to begin their entrepreneurial adventure. From Beauce to Montreal to Lac-Beauport, Devenir entrepreneur has compiled a list of camps for both very young and older children.
Throughout the five-day camp experience, mornings will be devoted to visits to businesses, lunchtime will bring the young entrepreneurs together and afternoons will be used to develop products and services while discovering careers associated with entrepreneurship.
Since 2015, Audace has built partnerships with 10 chambers of commerce as well as the OSEntreprendre Challenge. The 2016 edition brought together 250 children, and this year Audace proposes to integrate English language instruction into the program for 2017. There will be workshops in international development with Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Costa Rica, Japan, Thailand, Chile and Norway.
Participants will have their product or service validated by individuals outside of Quebec who belong to the Maison des entrepreneurs network, as well as by Brazil’s new business entity A Casa do Empreendedor Brasil Canada.
Children 10 to 15 years of age
Week of June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, and August 6, 2017
To be confirmed
The Camp Entrepreneurs En Devenir (CEED) from École d’Entrepreneurship de Beauce (EEB) has become so popular that its 2017 edition, which offers a week of entrepreneurial activities, is already listed as full. On the schedule: training courses, sports activities and encounters with experienced entrepreneurs. The EEB takes pride in the excellence of its training and its wide 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 is offering its double camp formula for the last time in 2017. In this format there are two distinct summer camps:
CEED 1: For young people who are new to Camp EEB. Two camps of one week each are offered to allow a larger number of young people to participate.
CEED 2: For young people who have already participated in CEED 1.
Starting in 2018, EEB will offer only CEED 1 on three different weeks, which will allow for even more participants than previous years. Think ahead and reserve early!
Young people 16 years and older, from their fourth year of secondary school to their first year of college (secondaire 4 to collégiale 1).
CEED 1: June 25 to 30, FULL
CEED 2: July 2 to 7, FULL
To be confirmed
418-228-5558, extension 311
The science summer camp organized by the École Polytechnique de Montréal has a duration of one or several weeks and invites children aged 7 to 17 to develop their entrepreneurial spirit and discover the Montreal business community through creative, fun and innovative activities.
For the duration of the camp, participants will be able to explore the universe of science, mathematics, engineering and technology.
During their stay, campers can participate in many amazing activities and demonstrations, as well as complete a major project associated with their particular theme. Campers will also be able to impress parents with their scientific and creative genius at the end-of-camp show organized every Friday.
The Folie Technique science camp offers:
• An ACQ-certified day camp that is also a member of ACTUA
• A free childcare service mornings and evenings (from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
• Experiments and original creations that children can bring home with them every week
• A camp sweater
• Qualified and competent hosts
• Included cafeteria service
• Special access to Polytechnique Montréal
Children from 7 to 17 years of age
From June 26 to August 11
$190 per week if reservation made before April 15
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. From June 26 to August 25, the camp is offered in partnership with the International Startup Festival of Montreal.
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 the subject and present their ideas to the Dragons by taking part in the Startup Festival. Laurus may even award grants to the most deserving young entrepreneurs.
Presentations at the camp are offered in English.
Children aged 12 to 15
Camp dates are provided on the Laurus Summer Camp website.
Locations where the camps are offered are listed on the Laurus Summer Camp website.
The price list can be found on the Laurus Summer Camp website.
A discount is available to siblings who register together as well as to those who register before March 31.