Meet the entrepreneurs participating in Storefront Starter Golden Mile
Meet the 11 aspiring entrepreneurs working on launching their business and contributing to a vibrant local retail environment in the Greater Golden Mile through the Storefront Starter Golden Mile Program! Find them every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this July and August at the ILEO Community Market hosted by RioCan at Warden and Eglinton!
What is the Storefront Starter Golden Mile Program?
Storefront Starter Golden Mile is a three-phase program of virtual skills development and real-life testing for new and aspiring business owners in the Greater Golden Mile. Delivered in partnership with Business in the Streets, the program includes coaching and mentorship from ILEO Leadership Table members, as well as access to start-up capital so that new and aspiring business owners are supported to build relationships, skills, confidence, and knowledge in a supportive environment.
Support to Launch April to June 2022
Receive online training led by Business in the Streets for 8 weeks
Get coaching from industry leaders.
Test & Learn July to September 2022
Test your business ideas and build a customer base during 11 weeks at the Community Marketplace hosted by RioCan.
Support to Scale September to December 2022
Participate in an 8-week bootcamp led by Business in the Streets to support scaling your business
Access start-up capital.
The 8-week virtual business training will help aspiring business owners understand what it means to be an entrepreneur and what to do in order to validate their idea. Through the program, participants 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
After the training, participants will be able to test their ideas or products and build their customer base at the Community Marketplace hosted by RioCan this Summer in the Golden Mile.
In Fall 2022, participants will return to your business plan and participate in an eight-week Bootcamp to refine their model and prepare for scaling, working with coaches and advisors to incorporate a summer of learning as they identify next steps to success. *Priority is given to candidates who live or are interested in setting up a business in the following postal codes/neighbourhoods: