For the past three years, summer camps for entrepreneurs have been popping up all over Quebec. They are an enjoyable way to experience the adventure of entrepreneurship. On top of it, summer in Quebec is the perfect time for good ideas to grow and take shape. Let’s take a closer look at a truly successful phenomenon that’s laying the groundwork for tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.
For everyone, summer has always been a time to have fun and escape. But for more and more children, it’s now also the perfect time to bring their good business ideas to life in a relaxed and positive environment. The goal of entrepreneurship camps is to offer an alternative to traditional outdoor adventure camps, where kids can try out different vocations and develop an entrepreneurial spirit while pursuing classic discovery activities. They are places where campfire circles follow interesting factory visits and lunches with business leaders might come right after swim time. The success of these camps proves that you can be an entrepreneur at any age.
Future campers have many locations to choose from to begin their entrepreneurial adventure, such as Shawinigan, Beauce, Montreal and Lac-Beauport. Devenir Entrepreneur presents a list of camps for both young and older entrepreneurs.
Shawinigan Entrepreneurial Camp
The Shawinigan entrepreneurial community is offering a three-week camp in the summer of 2016. For the first time, the camp is open to young children aged 6 to 8; the program also continues to be open to two groups of older children, aged 9 to 12 and 13 to 16. Three experienced teams, which include several elementary and secondary teachers, will lead the activities this season.
This day camp invites children to spend 35 hours on Banana Island (Melville Island Park), explore the heart of downtown Shawinigan, and see the Saint-Maurice River, La Cité de l’énergie and the park D’Arbre en Arbre.
Accompanied by two guides, children will meet with entrepreneur-coaches during the week who will support them in developing their business project ideas. Participants will create their entrepreneurial profile through tools and activities highlighting their courage, tenacity, solidarity and leadership. After incubating their business ideas, they will choose the idea they will explore further with the help of a traditional business plan. They will be given a start-up fund and an account for all of their spending, perform their own market research, and produce, publicize and present their projects on a Friday evening to parents, friends, coaches and camp officials.
Three age groups: 6 to 8, 9 to 12 and 13 to 16
July 4 to 8, July 18 to 22 and August 1 to 5, 2016
Banana Island in Shawinigan
$250 (including meals)
Registration begins March 7, 2016.
819-537-8181, ext. 1201
Audace Entrepreneurial Camp
During this five-day experience, mornings will be spent visiting companies, dinners will bring together young entrepreneurs and afternoons will be dedicated to developing products and services while discovering the trades associated with entrepreneurship.
Since 2015, Audace Entrepreneurial Camp has partnered with 10 chambers of commerce and OSEntreprendre, and has already integrated its programs into schools. For its 2016 edition, Audace will host five groups of 15 to 20 young people. By 2030, the camp, which has already integrated its programs into schools, hopes to welcome a total of 300,000 young people under the Audace initiative.
An entertainment segment is also in the works to enable young people to have fun through activities such as climbing, canoeing, swimming and archery.
Youth between the ages of 10 and 15
June 26 to July 1 and August 21 to 26, 2016
New in 2016: Audace will have a camp in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
$495 ($749 for 5 days with accommodation and meals included)
Camp Entrepreneurs En Devenir
Camp Entrepreneurs en Devenir (CEED) from École d’entrepreneurship de Beauce (EEB) offers a one-week entrepreneurial discovery period. On the agenda: courses, sporting activities and meetings with experienced entrepreneurs. The EEB takes pride in the excellence of its training and the vast number of activities supported by the community of entrepreneurs in Beauce.
The EEB has a unique model of passing on knowledge through generations of entrepreneurs, called “E to E” or “entrepreneur-coach to entrepreneur-athlete.” It offers two separate camps:
- CEED 1: for participants who have never had an EEB camp experience before. Two week-long camps are offered so that more young people can participate.
- CEED 2: for young people who have already participated in CEED 1.
Young people aged 15 and over who have completed their third year of high school
To be confirmed
To be confirmed
418 228-5558, ext. 311
Camp d’été Folie entrepreneuriale
Organized by Montreal’s École Polytechnique, the camp lasts for two weeks and invites young people in secondary 4 and 5 to come and develop their entrepreneurial spirit and discover Montreal’s entrepreneurial environment by participating in fun, creative and innovative activities.
Over two consecutive weeks, teens will participate in fun workshops, visit businesses, participate in sports and discovery activities and undertake a surprise challenge!
Claude Ananou, a professor at HEC Montreal, developed the camp’s teaching approach. He specializes in entrepreneurship education, pedagogy and award-winning educational innovation and has co-authored two books on entrepreneurship.
A second camp is now offered to the participants of the first edition. For more information, go to Folie Entrepreneuriale.
There is a limit of 20 participants per group.
Youth aged 15 to 17
July 6 to 17 and July 20 to 31, 2016
$500, $1,000 and $1,500 scholarships will be granted by the Desjardins Group*.
*To obtain a scholarship, you must explain why you need it, specify the amount of the scholarship for which you are applying, and send your complete application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laurus Summer Camp
This summer camp offers a three-week entrepreneurship program to youth aged 12 to 15. Participants will be invited to develop an entrepreneurial project. This program is offered in partnership with the International Startup Festival in Montreal.
The presentations at the camp are in English.
Youth 12 to 15 years old
The dates of the camps are specified on the Laurus Summer Camp website.
The various locations where the camp is offered are listed on the Laurus Summer Camp website.
Pricing is available on the Laurus Summer Camp website.