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RISE launches Youth Small Business Program for people with mental health or addiction challenges

September 6, 2012

RISE Asset Development, a partnership between the Rotman School of Business and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, has launched a Youth Small Business Program for individuals aged 16 – 29 years with a history of mental health or addiction challenges. Youth must live in the GTA to be eligible.

The program includes a group training program where participants will gain practical tools, business knowledge and confidence, while converting their business ideas into viable business plans. Completion of the program offers a $500 financial incentive as start up capital. Qualifying participants are also eligible for RISE financing (up to $25,000 with first loans averaging around $5,000).

See, “Youth Small Business Program,” available at

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