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What is ILEO Storefront Starter?

ILEO Storefront Starter Golden Mile is a FREE three-phase program to help new and aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners from the Greater Golden Mile launch their business idea. Supported by United Way Greater Toronto and many other partners, the program includes:

  • Business training
  • Real life retail opportunities in prime locations in Toronto.
  •  Access to start-up capital
  • The opportunity to build relationships with some of Canada’s largest corporations participating in the ILEO Initiative convened by United Way Greater Toronto and BMO Financial Group

By joining the program, new and aspiring business owners will build business relationships, skills, confidence, and knowledge in a supportive environment to bring their business idea to the next level.

How Kristiana transformed her business into a reality

Learn how ILEO Storefront Starter has helped Kristiana build Laboterra Cosmetics into a thriving business.

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How ILEO’s Storefront Starter helped one food vendor build confidence — and her business

Read about Sara and how ILEO Storefront Starter helped her take her grandmother’s Haitian patties and create a business in her Scarborough community.

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Meet the Entrepreneurs in the ILEO Storefront Starter

Learn about the amazing ILEO Storefront Starter entrepreneurs participating in the ILEO Storefront Starter.

Please note that candidates who live or are interested in setting up a business in the following postal codes/neighbourhoods will be given priority:


  • Golden Mile
  • Ionview
  • Victoria Village
  • Eglinton East
  • Kennedy Park
  • Flemingdon Park

Postal Codes (first three characters)

  • M4A
  • M3C
  • M1L
  • M1K
  • M1J
Map of the Golden Mile area outlining the neighbourhoods listed as part of the program.
Eligible Postal Codes: M4A, M3C, M1L, M1K, M1J

Meet previous Storefront Starter Participants (2022-2023 program)

Kadaesha Lindsay, Untainted Bath and Body Care.

As a Scarborough native, I am very honoured to be part of this amazing initiative. It brings the community together. It allows us to have exposure. That means a lot.

Kadaesha Lindsay, Untainted Bath and Body Care.
Leo Akai creator of Akai Organic

Just even getting a grant to validate this idea really gave me the inspiration and the belief that I really needed to just even get started.

Leo Mai, Akai Organic
Brian Osoteo creator of Couple Stripes

Storefront Starter allowed us to bring both new and existing customers into one space. It also brought together young, gifted and ambitious entrepreneurs who are like minded and were able to share experiences to help each other grow.

Brian Osoteo, Couple Stripes

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Do you have a business idea or product that you’d like to take to the next level? Tell us and we will notify you as opportunities come up!

ILEO Partners


The Daniels Corporation

BMO Financial Group

PwC Canada

ACCES Employment

City of Toronto – Entrepreneurship Services


Choice Properties REIT