Walking to Success

Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor in partnership with Leadership Windsor-Essex presents Walking to Success, a unique walking experience that will introduce you to interesting career options you might not have thought of before!

Tours available in the following areas Heath/Science, Technology, Arts & Design and Engineering.

This FREE event is open to youth 14 to 18 years of age. Limited spots available.

LGBTQ Youth Entrepreneur Consultation & Networking Session

The Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC), in collaboration with provincial partners and supporters, has received funding through the Ontario150 Partnership Program to develop and launch an LGBTQ Youth Entrepreneur Mentorship Program in Ontario – called the OUT For Business Initiative.  The initiative will focus on building a foundation of new partnerships to support and empower LGBTQ youth entrepreneurs across the province, through consultations, mentorship program development, and an LGBTQ Youth Entrepreneurs Summit. The overall objective is to empower Ontario LGBTQ youth by providing them the support and guidance to help them establish or grow their own businesses.

As part of the program, CGLCC is hosting a series of consultation and networking sessions across Ontario, and will be in Windsor on March 29.  One of the goals of the consultation sessions is to identify current challenges faced specifically by LGBTQ youth when starting or growing their own business.  Outcomes from the consultation sessions will help shape the development and future roll-out of the OUT For Business Initiative in Ontario.

Wed, 29 March 2017
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Windsor Pride Community Education & Resource Centre
422 Pelissier St.
Windsor, Ontario


Apply for RBC EPIC Founders Program and get PAID to work on your startup!!!

Apply for our RBC EPIC Founders Program and get PAID to work on your startup!!!

EPICentre is officially taking applications for the 2017 RBC EPIC Founders Program. Students or alumni of any post-secondary institution from any discipline can apply and those selected will receive up to $6,000 over the course of three months to work on their startup company!

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student or recent graduate of any post-secondary institution (Alumni graduation post 2010)
  • Under 29 years of age
  • Business must be physically based in Windsor-Essex
  • Must have a feasible (validated) business idea, at the beta and/or pre-revenue stage
  • Not working full-time elsewhere
  • Must dedicate 35 hrs/week on business
  • Must be available 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday-Friday in May until July, 2017 (excluding holidays), and occasional nights and weekends
  • Must be eligible to work in Canada

Founders will pitch their startup idea for a prize of $3,500. It is mandatory that you pitch your idea on August 2nd, 2017.


Apply Today! EPICentre Inaugural Business Model Canvas Competition


The University of Windsor’s business incubator, EPICentre, will be hosting its inaugural business model canvas competition on November 25th – 26th, 2016.

The main goal of the RBC EPIC Business Model Canvas Competition (BMCC) is to educate entrepreneurs and provide them with tools to help launch more successful ventures. The BMCC invites Ontario student entrepreneurs to learn about business model validation and submit an outline of their experiences utilizing it in their own start-up business venture. Semi-finalists will then be chosen to participate in live presentations based on the content of their video submissions.

This competition has a number of large sponsors, including The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), leading to several large cash prizes, including a top prize of $10,000 for your venture. First place will also receive, among other prizes, an automatic qualifying entry to Canada’s Business Model Competition in Halifax. Non-cash prizes for top winners also include consulting services from KMPG, incubation space at the University of Windsor, national advertising, and much more! All entries outside of the Windsor area qualify for up to $1,000 towards travel and accommodations during the competition.

The DEADLINE TO APPLY is October 17th: www.epicbmc.ca

ATTN Essex County Youth! Free Entrepreneurship Program!

Our FREE award-winning Youth Small Business Program is coming to Leamington in SEPTEMBER 2016!

Are you a youth under 30 and interested in starting your own small business? APPLY NOW and/or help us find awesome local youth (under 30) who want to start or grow their own business by sharing this with potential students and local community agencies, networks and organizations. (See below for eligibility).

Are you a local business professional looking to give back to you community? Become a YOUTH COACH and help us launch some local youth entrepreneurs by sharing your businesses skills, professional experience and guidance in 3 evening sessions over the course of the program

The Ultimate Summer Weekend Adventure!


The YKNOT Windsor-Essex Millennial Power‬ event series continues with the Ultimate Summer Weekend Adventure with Craft Heads Brewing Company & Windsor Adventure Inc.!

Join us this Friday, August 12th from 7-10pm for the official kickoff of Craft Heads Brewing Company’s new Windsor 180 root beer!

Craft Heads has turned a childhood favourite 180 degrees upside down. Brewed with an array of herbs and spices, this malt based root beer will turn non-craft beer drinkers into craft beer lovers!

$1 from each pint will support YKNOT Windsor-Essex and is ONLY available at Craft Heads Brewery!



Enjoy a weekend of tandem adventures from Windsor Adventure Inc. August 12-14th when ‪#‎YQG‬ Millennials will receive their 2nd hour FREE when you rent a tandem kayak or tandem bicycle. (Hint, hint: BRING A FRIEND!)


WEtech Alliance Director of Social Innovation Cathy Mombourquette (l) and Entrepreneur-in-Residence Deborah Livneh celebrate their recent Windsor Adventure Inc. tandem kayak trip.

Youth Opportunities Fund – Session for youth aged 12-29

IdeaLabSent on behalf of the Ontario Trillium Foundation

I am reaching out to you to share information about the Youth Opportunities Fund, an exciting initiative which provides funds to youth-led grassroots groups and collaborative initiatives that focus on creating systems change for youth facing multiple barriers. If you are interested in learning more about the two YOF funding streams (Grassroots Innovation and Strategic Collaborations) and/or how to apply for a grant, please click here.

The YOF Team will be coming to Windsor to facilitate a half-day session for interested young people (12-29) on August 18th, 2016 from 4 to 8 pm at Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women. All of the details can be found in the flyer attached as a PDF in this e-mail. In terms of the session, it will be interactive for 3 to 4 hours and we are looking to gather young people who are interested in creating change in their communities. After an initial introduction to the YOF and what it is all about, the session will focus on whatever the youth identify as being issues they see in the community and how they envision dealing with them.

Depending on the participants in the room, we may make separate groups where those who have an idea or model are able to refine that idea so that they are able to clearly state who they want to support and why, and how their project would provide the supports that are needed. Others may focus on more initial stages of project development, again about how they could respond to the issues they are seeing in their community.

If you could please share this invitation in your networks and promote the event to any young people who may be interested, it would be greatly appreciated! To register, please click here or click on the link from the PDF flyer. Please note that in the Eventbrite there are multiple dates and locations, so when registering ensure that right location and date is chosen. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me or you can call me at 416-963-4560.

Thank you again for all that you do to support young people in Windsor and Essex County!