Summer Company Program

Be Your Own Boss!

The way we do business might have changed, but the way in which we dream did not. The Markham Small Business Centre is proud to announce our incoming 2021 Summer Company students.  This year, we’ve partnered with York University and YSpace to deliver the amazing Ontario Summer Company program, where young entrepreneurs get $3,000 to help launch their business idea in addition to hands-on training and mentorship.

Introducing the successful applicants of the 2021 Summer Company program:

  • Areej is a grade 11 student attending Middlefield Collegiate Institute offering custom-embroidered clothing and accessory items through her company Threaded x Apparel. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a charity that champions ethical manufacturing practices.
  • Ashley and Sanduli are Markham students attending the University of Waterloo and York University respectively, on a mission to empower young people and push the boundaries within the fashion industry through their Trophy Wives line of sustainable and ethical clothing. They aim to reclaim the term “trophy wife” by using it to highlight accomplishments of individuals and empower them by making them feel comfortable in their own skin.  Check out their line of clothes at
  • Ashlyn is a grade 11 Markham student attending Unionville High School who hopes to raise awareness of social issues and to share her faith through her handmade lettering company shoops & letters which offers both digital and print applications. Check out some of her lettering work on her Instagram page at
  • Dasola is a Markham resident currently completing her Master’s degree at the University of Malmo. Whether it’s a side hustle or full-out campaign, Daisy Dee Publicity leverages years of experience offering communications and public relations support to small and medium-sized businesses. Her portfolio and previous work can be see here
  • Diya is a grade 9 Markham student attending Pierre Elliot Trudeau High school who aims to bridge the digital divide by offering affordable and engaging online piano lessons with her company Diya Sonic Sound Studio.  See how you can book a lesson at
  • Imran is a grade 10 Markham student attending Middlefield Collegiate Institute who was inspired to start Imran’s Lawn Care & Gardening Services as a way to give back to his community by providing affordable and quality lawn care and gardening services to homeowners.
  • Khyara is a 4th-year student from Markham studying at York University whose company is redefining clothing and fashion by designing and custom-making her own line of lounge and intimate apparel that are ability-inclusive.  Her clothing line, Maison Khy, can be found at
  • Ryan is a 4th-year student from Markham studying at the University of Ottawa hoping to change the “thrifting” experience through his company ForgottenGK by creating an online store for curated secondhand clothing for men with the goal of raising awareness for the potential of reusing and repurposing secondhand items.
  • Sruthy is a grade 12 Markham student from Middlefield Collegiate Institute preparing to enter 1st-year at the University of Toronto. To sweeten things up, her company Sweet Shack, makes and delivers beautiful chocolate-covered strawberries and other decadent treats which are perfect for any occasion.
  • Winnie is a 3rd-year student from Markham studying at the University of Guelph with the goal of sharing her passion for both digital and fine arts through her studio ArtistWinnie where she offers affordable, custom oil-paintings and fun redesigns of thrift store paintings. See her Etsy page for examples

About Summer Company:

Get hands-on training, mentoring and funding of up to $3,000 to start your summer company.

Here’s what you need to qualify:

  • Be 15-29 years old
  • Markham high school or post-secondary student
  • Launch-ready business idea
  • Comprehensive business plan
  • Ability to work over the summer
  • Entrepreneurial spirit

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Fill out the eligibility checklist.
  2. Select — "Markham" as your preferred office during the above step.
  3. Get started on your business plan and cash flow!
  4. If you meet the eligibility requirements, we'll contact you about a first stage interview where you can pitch your business idea.
  5. We'll work with you on your business plan and cash flow to ensure your success!
  6. For qualified applicants, we'll invite you for a final stage interview.
  7. We'll let you know if you qualify for the Summer Company grant funding. There are limited spots, so apply early!

For any questions please e-mail or call 905.477.7000 x 6722.

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