YCEO Applications for Fall 2021 close Friday, October 1st, 2021, at 11:59 pm


YCEO is an 8-week virtual business training that will help you understand what it means to be an entrepreneur and what to do in order to validate your idea. Through the program, you will receive:

      • Relevant and hands-on business training materials and tools
      • Peer mentorship for your specific business idea
      • Guidance on how to present your idea to business owners, guest speakers, and pitch competition judging panels
      • An ‘in-the-streets’ walkthrough that will give you a first-hand look into the art of doing business
      • A chance to win a $1,000 business grant
      • A chance to receive up to $1,000 towards professional development

Is This Program for You?

You are a perfect match for the program if you have a business idea but aren’t quite sure where to start or whether it’s worth pursuing and if you meet the following criteria:


  • Are aged between 18 to 34
  • Are a permanent resident of Canada or a Canadian citizen
  • Have a personal net income of less than $35,000 per year
  • Reside in Toronto or The Greater Toronto Area

Key Dates

  • Orientation will take place on October 16th, 2021 from 11 am to 2 pm.
  • YCEO will take place over 6 Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm from October 23rd to November 27th.
  • Our guest Ask An Entrepreneur panel session will be held Tuesday, November 30th, from 6 pm to 9 pm.
  • The final pitch event and graduation day will take place from approximately 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, December 4th.

What Others Say

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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