Y2 Entrepreneurship Conference for High-School Students
Are you in high school (in grade 9 to 12)* and want to build your problem-solving, entrepreneurship and leadership skills? Want to work directly with established and serial entrepreneurs?
Whether or not you have a business idea (and this isn't only for business students!) the Y2 Entrepreneurship Conference will offer you hands-on opportunities to work with mentors and coaches who have run their own businesses for years.
You will participate in 3 hands-on workshops (design thinking, building an investor pitch presentation, effective public speaking) delivered by business leaders who provide this expertise to other businesses. You will meet many like-minded high-school students who want to experience what it's like building a creative idea in "the real world."
And, if you're interested to start a business, keep in mind that so far, some Y2 alumni have gone on to participate in pitch competitions and other incubators, and earn more than $10,000 in seed funding.
Here's What Will Happen
The conference (our 8th) is broken into 2 consecutive Saturdays, February 23 and March 2. Participants attend on both days - here's the program:
On February 23:
You'll have time to think of one (or more) business ideas addressing any of sustainable planet, youth mental health, or financial literacy - mentors will be around to help you work on your idea.
You'll have the chance to pitch your idea to the participants. Everyone will vote on their favs, and the shortlisted ideas will be what the conference focuses on from that point forward.
You'll form teams, and each team will be assigned a coach to help you evolve your idea.
You'll participate in several mini-workshops around design thinking, have time to work, then learn about building a pitch presentation for investors.
On March 2:
You'll get some tips on "effective public speaking for entrepreneurs".
You'll have time to rehearse in your teams.
You'll present your pitch to a panel of established entrepreneurs and angel investors (think Dragons)
Did we mention we're bringing top-notch food? You'll be fed amazing food - past Y2 conferences have featured lobster mac and cheese, buttermilk fried chicken, and 4-cheese mac and cheese (as well as delicious Halal and vegetarian options).
The 2 winning teams will be treated to dinners with a serial entrepreneur or senior technology leader. Ask your families - many adults don't have opportunities to sit down with business leaders like this!
In past conferences, more than 300 participants have come from across the GTA, as well as from as far away as Buffalo NY, Oakville, Guelph and London (Ontario)! And there have been more than 110 volunteer entrepreneurs acting as coaches, mentors, judges, speakers, or facilitators - and they also came from across the GTA.
The registration fee includes 6 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner on both days), all of the workshops, and a copy of Y2's ThinkBook, which will help participants think through various aspects of creating a solution to address a problem, and possibly starting a business.
What's Happened Before?
For more info, visit our website. For photos, visit our Facebook page. Or watch videos of the final presentations on YouTube.
Y2 brings together the combination of formal learning and mentorship from real entrepreneurs, in a safe environment focused on giving you meaningful learning opportunities. See you at Y2!
*Please note that this conference is open only to students in high school (grade 9 to 12). Also, to ensure an ideal experience for each participant, registration will be capped at 80 participants.
The February / March 2019 Y2 Entrepreneurship Conference is brought to you by Seneca College and Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs (more partners and sponsors to be named).