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Business In The Streets Boot Camp

October 13, 2018



Have you already sold or tested an idea but are unsure how to turn it into a viable business? BITS Boot Camp is here to help. The program works with emerging entrepreneurs to develop an actionable plan for new or existing businesses. Through the program, you will receive:

  • Hands-on business training where you will explore such areas as business planning, marketing and sales, accounting, and start-up funding and financing.
  • Individual, personalized support from mentors
  • Opportunities to network with guest speakers and industry experts
  • Tailored feedback to refine and structure your business plan
  • Access to BITS Bucks $5,000 Micro Finance Program



Boot Camp will take place over 8 Saturdays, running from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m from October 13th to December 1st.

The pitch event will take place the week of December 3rd.
Full attendance is mandatory.


“BITS was the confidence boost I needed to put my foot out into my industry. I has always been a one woman team but with the help of my mentee, I recruited 5 people to join my team and I am now more productive than ever. I also left learning so much, especially about cash flow and marketing. I am glad that I was able to meet and witness great small businesses come to life” – Bilikisu, Boot Camp participant, 2017

“The BITS Business Boot Camp forces you to get very real about your business ideas (and life in general). For me, I gained clarity on what I needed to work on in my personal life (finances, work-life balance) in order to really see my business grow and be successful. It challenged me to think bigger than having a side hustle. My mentor Rahim was awesome, a great communicator, resourceful and super supportive. The entire team wants you to win and encourages you to share your ideas and growth, removing any hang ups about playing and feeling small. Highly recommended for budding entrepreneurs needing guidance and clarity on their next steps.” – Telisha, BITS Boot Camp participant, 2017

“Business is the Streets was an amazing experience and growth opportunity for me. I loved being alongside fellow entrepreneurs and mentors who I could relate to and who could relate to me. I was pushed to think smarter about my business but to also be realistic. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is trying to start, build or grow your business.” – Celia, BITS Boot Camp participant, 2017


You are perfect match for the program if you:

Are between 18 to 34 years old and are legally resident in the GTA

Have a feasible and/or tested business idea in place, or you currently operate a business that needs better structuring

Meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Are under- or unemployed
  • Are a permanent resident in Canada for not more than five years
  • Earn less than $30,000 per year
  • Live within any of the City of Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas