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Young innovators attend virtual bootcamp

Ten bright minds from Canada’s science fair community prepare to wrap up an intensive four-day bootcamp to learn more about bringing their innovation to market. Held virtually, from August 11 to 14, the fourth annual YSC-York University STEM Entrepreneurship Bootcamp allows students to learn and apply current entrepreneurship best practices to turn their projects into viable businesses. The class of 2020 includes ten ribbon recipients from Youth Science Canada’s first Online STEM Fair, held in May of this year.

“Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology at Lassonde School of Engineering is one of the most innovative programs in the country,” says Reni Barlow, executive director at Youth Science Canada. “Over the years, it has helped thousands of students of all ages and backgrounds bring new solutions to market to help Canadians lead better lives and bring about a better world. We’re extremely grateful for our partnership with York University and admire their commitment to young Canadian entrepreneurs.”

Held exclusively via web conference, the program allows participating students to meet virtually with fellow entrepreneurs, network with former BEST graduates and experience the process of transforming their science projects into a viable business, supported by BEST faculty and resources at York University from the Lassonde School of Engineering, Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business.

“Over the years, we have guided many entrepreneurs on how to pitch and secure funding for their ventures,” says Andrew Maxwell, director of the BEST program. “The bootcamp is a great way for us to work with students from Canada’s STEM fair community — to demonstrate how innovations in science and technology can be harnessed to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Opportunities like these help young innovators gain new skills and essential mentorship to grow as entrepreneurs and to learn how to develop their new ventures successfully.”

The STEM Bootcamp is supported by Rogers and the Ted Rogers Community Grants program.  Normally, up to ten students who compete at YSC’s flagship event, the Canada-Wide Science Fair, are presented with a Ted Rogers Innovation Award enabling them to attend this special program. This year’s participants were selected from the YSC Online STEM Fair, which was created following the cancellation of most regional science fairs and the 2020 Canada-Wide Science Fair due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The bootcamp is open to students in grade 9 to 12, incoming Lassonde students and finalists from YSC STEM events. The BEST program also offers the BEST Entrance Award of $1,000 to bootcamp participants who will be attending the Lassonde School of Engineering.

This year’s participants from YSC, who all received a Ted Rogers Innovation Award, include Hubert Chan (Ontario), Samantha Glenday (Manitoba), Amanda Hardman (Alberta), Harini Karthik (Quebec), Andrew Pun (Ontario), Teagan Robinson (New Brunswick), Tienlan Sun (British Columbia), Haarini Suntharalingam (Ontario), Edward Xiong (Ontario) and Robin Yadav (British Columbia).

All ribbon recipients from the 2020 YSC Online STEM Fair, and the 10 projects participating in the STEM Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, can be viewed at


About STEM Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
Youth Science Canada and Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology offer Canada’s top young innovators an opportunity to develop their science projects into a viable business. Importantly, the experiential learning approach helps participants learn both the creative problem-solving skills they will need for future career success and how they might personally contribute to generating Canada’s next high-growth technology ventures.

About Youth Science Canada
Established in 1962, Youth Science Canada fuels the curiosity of Canadian youth through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects. We work to ensure that Canadian youth have the capacity and skills to generate and answer questions and identify and solve problems. The not-for-profit also engages leading public and private sector organizations in the development of a national STEM network of Canadian youth. For more information, please visit


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