The trade-show style event was being duplicated in communities across Ontario, youth programs coordinator Kailyn Coupland said, thanks to a partnership between the program and the Staples company.
The seven student entrepreneurs participating in the Cobourg Staples are this year's successful applicants in the Summer Company Program that is offered locally through the Business and Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland.
It's a competition open each year to students between the ages of 15 and 29, who are invited to submit a detailed business plan to the program. If selected, they may receive up to $3,000 in grants, products, services and mentorship.
The business plan is an exercise that involves research, analysis, motivation and elbow grease, and seven students made the grade this year.
Gryphon Nixon-Briard of Port Hope has established WeeBoba Bubble Tea in the Port Hope area, offering a pop-up tea-shop experience at Northumberland festivals and events with a unique product – a flavoured tea containing tapioca pearls. It's something Gryphon enjoyed in Oshawa and Peterborough, and noted a definite absence of locally.
“I hate driving to Peterborough,” the recent Port Hope High School graduate commented.
You can catch him as a regular at the Port Hope Farmers' Markets and Movies in the Park events, or call him at 905-376-7493.