386 youth served - BITS has proudly offered programming to 386 of Toronto’s youth facing barriers. These youth have represented a wide range of cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, religious affiliations, education levels and socioeconomic backgrounds. We’ve been happy to learn from and provide mentorship and training to each of them.
Over $100,000 in funding awarded to alumni of BITS programs. SPARKFund, BITS Bucks and other forms of funding have been provided to successful applicants. This funding has been used by many to kickstart their business ventures.
Thousands of connections made between program participants and mentors, guest speakers, pitch event panelists, and each other. These networks have been cited by alumni as one of the most valuable resources at their disposal as they continue on their entrepreneurial journeys.
Over 2,000 co-working hours in our previous offices and our current space, the Creative Culture Studio. Alumni, young entrepreneurs and youth from outside organizations have mingled and worked together, creating more than they could have individually. Currently, members of Raising the Roof have been working in our studio, and will be here until the end of August.
Five years - 16 YCEO cohorts, 11 Boot Camp cohorts, five special projects - and much more to come. Thank you for sharing this journey with us. We’re excited to have you along for the ride.