The Business Ownership Experience gives 50 top Canadian business students a chance to learn the ins and outs of running a business, while competing against each other. Every student will run a small house painting business and be tasked with recruiting/hiring, project management, profit control, marketing, sales and more.
Throughout the spring and summer, the competitors will be judged by our guest panellists, made up of elite entrepreneurs from Western Canada. Our young business owners will be uploading video logs, obtaining customer reviews, and putting up blog posts. This will enable our panellists to see our students’ progress throughout the six-month experience, beyond the sales numbers.
What Makes Us Different
Scholars Edge provides a unique opportunity for students to experience business ownership without financial risk or requirement for start-up cash. We emphasize training and mentorship and provide the participants with all the executive support, accounting, administrative work and advice they need to be successful.
We’ll even send out T4’s to our students’ employees the following year.
Scholars Edge is the only student business ownership program that allows students an opportunity to compete against each other for scholarships, connect with business leaders, and make a lot of money along the way. Most students make at least $20,000 over the 6 months. The top students in 2021 made $75k, $90k, and $110k.
We accept applications between August through to January to begin training in February of the following year.
Kick-off training begins the first week of Feb. Over a weekend, we’ll welcome students to the competition and provide them with instruction and supporting materials to enable them to run their own residential and commercial painting business. We will provide ongoing mentorship throughout the competition, including four days of training. You will not need to miss school to attend any of the training seminars.
The competition begins immediately after our initial kick off training and ends in the beginning of September. Final results will be announced on our website one week later.
Complete candidates list live on our website
Orientation and training weekend
Immediately after training
Production & Profitability Training
Hands-on Production Training
Dean's List Mid-term reports issued
First week of September
Final week of competition
Weekend before Labour Day
Official announcement of winners & results
Dean’s List trip
The executive support doesn’t end after the Kick-Off training weekend. Our young business owners get full-time support from the Scholars Edge team executives throughout the spring and summer. We are here to help you succeed.
Experience & Learning
The Scholars Edge Business Ownership Experience is like no other program in Western Canada. This is hands-on business ownership 101 for young business owners, with a lot of other opportunities. We provide our students with exceptional training and and mentorship so they feel supported throughout the entire process. The essence of our program is to take students with minimal experience, and watch them evolve through our supported business challenge into Canada’s brightest young business people.
The valuable skills that our student entrepreneurs gain throughout our program will set them up for best practices in their professional lives beyond the competition, as well as ignite personal growth. The friendships they make will stay with them long after the excitement of the competition fades.