How long is the program?
The program typically goes from late September until end of April, working within the school year. However the staff here at SAGE are working all year round to help you develop your ideas! Really, the program length depends on what lever you want to bring your business to. SAGE will support you through as many different stages as possible!
What skills will I get from joining SAGE?
At SAGE, we focus on both hard and soft skills. Depending on your role within the venture, one can develop sales, marketing or operational tool sets that will benefit their future but we also focus on public speaking, communications, and networking.
Do I have to be in Toronto?
Youth entrepreneurs can apply from anywhere, but our focus is currently in Toronto as our limited funds restrict us from travelling. We are happy to provide online mentorship with teams, but the development of the ventures is truly dependent on the youth involved.
What are the prerequisites?
There are no prerequisites to join SAGE other than a relentless mentality to make their venture succeed. Unfortunately, we can only intake a certain number of teams - so please apply!
How many hours weekly will I need to invest?
There are no limitations or requirement, however one will get as much out of the program as they put in. We expect ventures to spend as many hours as necessary to make their dreams a reality and propel the venture forward.
Do I do this outside of school?
This program is considered an extra-curricular. One can speak with us in regards to collecting volunteer hours but it will not contribute to your overall grades.
What makes SAGE different from other programs?
At SAGE, we are focused on the "what's next" component of your development. Most programming and events end, and that is it. However, we help connect you into the ecosystem and provide you with options to push your venture forward past our programming.
Do I need to come up with an idea?
Ventures apply to the program with an idea but if you don't have an idea, then take part in our Entrepreneurship program in September to either find a passion point or join another company with a stellar idea.
Can I join as an individual, or do I have to come with a team?
A venture may be led by one individual, but we highly recommend that you start looking for teammates. For motivation purposes as well as a diversity in skills that will complement the business development.