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40 students in grades 6 through 12 will start up a new summer business this year.

WELLINGTON NORTH – Saugeen Connects, an economic development partnership that includes Brockton, Hanover, Minto,Wellington North, West Grey and the Saugeen Economic Development Corporation is helping to launch 40 new businesses this summer. 
Students from grades six to 12 who successfully pitched their ideas to Saugeen Connects under the Student Start up program will be running their own businesses this summer. The students were given start-up funding and extensive training for their business. 
General Manger of SEDC Rose Austin says they were blown away by the applicants this year.
“The goal of the Student Start Up Program is to ignite the spirit of entrepreneurism in our local youth. “We were extremely pleased with the quantity – and quality – of the respondents and are thrilled to provide the seed funding and workshop training necessary for these young entrepreneurs to see success.”
SSUP is a funding program aimed at school-aged youth in the Saugeen Connects catchment area. Originally launched in Norfolk County in 2016, SSUP has seen over 200 student entrepreneurs try their hand at self-employment. The Saugeen SSUP includes a meet-and-greet with sponsors, workshop training, start-up funding and an opportunity to earn bonus cash through active participation in SSUP initiatives. 
The summer companies include various businesses within the agricultural, retail, service, manufacturing and educational sectors, plus many more innovative concepts. Watch for these businesses in action this summer and follow #saugeenssup.