8 week virtual business training

Escape the career you "should" have and build the life you want.


Imagine how it would feel to build your own business and get paid to live out your dreams. Imagine having the freedom to do work that excites you and use your time as you wish.


Society tricks us into thinking that our ideas are too wild or that our dreams are unrealistic but we believe that with the right support you can make them happen. 


YCEO is a free virtual business training with 8 live sessions that will help you either start a business or start making consistent sales in your existing business. In the program you’ll get:

      • Practical business training from a seasoned entrepreneur 
      • Peer mentorship to help you take action and manage self-doubt
      • Guidance on how to secure funding even after you graduate our program
      • A chance to win a $1,000 business grant (Note: this opportunity is only available to graduates who are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents)
      • A chance to receive up to $1,000 towards professional development

Is This Program for Me?

Regular business classes and coaches teach hustle culture, encourage you to do everything yourself, shame you when you fail and abandon you when you burnout. (They also cost a lot of money.)


At Business in the Streets we believe you should build a business that supports instead of controls your life, we encourage authenticity, always prioritize taking care of the person behind the business and as a non-profit, we offer all of our services for FREE!


We’re looking for people who:

  • Have a business idea and need help getting started or already have a business but need help making consistent sales
  • Are aged between 18 to 34
  • Live in Canada and are a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Temporary Resident  (Funding programs are only available for Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents)
  • Have a personal net income of less than $35,000 per year


*Sometimes we can be flexible. If you fit most criteria we encourage you to apply and our programs team will be in touch!

The Curriculum

Give yourself permission to explore the art of business in an inclusive, supportive environment. Here’s what to expect in YCEO:


Saturday, September 7th 2024
Orientation (10am to 1pm)


Saturday, September 14th 2024
Validating Your Business Idea (10am to 1pm)


Saturday, September 21st 2024
Exploring Your Minimum Viable Product (10am to 1pm)


Saturday, September 28th 2024
How to Find Your Customers (10am to 1pm)


Saturday, October 5th 2024
Sales 101 (10am to 1pm)


Saturday, October 19th 2024
Setting Goals and Managing Finances (10am to 1pm)


Saturday, October 26th 2024
How to Pitch For Funding and Course Review (10am to 1pm)


Tuesday, October 29th 2024
Ask An Entrepreneur Panel (6pm to 9pm)


Saturday, November 2nd 2024
Graduation and Pitch Day (10am to 3pm)



If you’re ready to take your dreams seriously and step into your potential – join the next cohort of YCEO.

Hear from Past Participants

Jamila Doncher | HYFA

If you're an aspiring entrepreneur and have an idea you want to make happen but don't know where to start, take advantage of this awesome resource. I really wish I had applied to the YCEO program much earlier in my journey! It's such a supportive community, and each week of the program I left feeling energized, inspired, and also with some fire under my butt. Thank you BITS for being so supportive and helping me validate my business idea! I'm looking forward to applying to the Boot Camp soon.

Richee Timoll | Radiant by Nature - The DAERS drink

BITS literally went above and beyond my expectations! When I started this program I was so all over the place about what exactly I wanted my business to offer to the world. I can confidently now say the opposite thanks to my mentor Simone and the facilitators, they really help you gain clarity on what it is that really drives you + how to then execute it. Great program I definitely recommend.

Jorrin Bruns | Ycrypto

BITS' YCEO program has been a fantastic accelerator for my business. They did an amazing job of pairing me with a mentor that inspired me and challenged me in the perfect way every week. They also provided me with great practical steps and worksheets that helped me be more strategic about building my business plan. I highly suggest checking it out if you have a burning idea!

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