Take your side hustle to the next level!

Whether you’re an established side hustler or are looking to launch a new side business, we can help you reach your goals.

Having a side hustle is a smart way to prepare for the future of work. Grow your side business as much or as little as you want with unsecured loans up to $15,000 and support from one of our more than 3,000 volunteer mentors.

WE OFFER:

Financing

  • Apply for up to $15,000 in loan financing to launch or to help grow your business as much or as little as you like.

Mentoring

  • Get matched with an experienced mentor to help you build confidence and tackle your toughest challenges for up to two years.

Resources

  • Learn key skills like business planning, marketing and cash flow management through our online and in-person business resources.

Meet The Side Hustlers: Vocal Fry Studios

“We’re freelancers so the capital that we have access to is really small, and also we have precarious income…Futurpreneur funding through Side Hustle has allowed us to hire our first intern for a better-than-living wage to do what we get to do but don’t have time to do.”

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  • Demonstrate sustainable full-time income outside of side business.
  • Agree to work with a mentor for up to two years (4 to 5 hours a month).
  • Complete and provide all required documentation by the end of the application process.
  • Assure there is no intention of converting side business to full-time operations within the next 12 months. If you plan on turning your existing side business full-time, you might be eligible for our Start-up Program.
  • Agree to provide authorization for Futurpreneur Canada to carry out a credit check.
  • Assure that the business is NOT in the research and development stage.
  • Assure that financing proceeds may not be used for refinancing existing debt.
  • A business plan must fall within specified industry guidelines in order to be approved for financing. Examples of businesses which do not meet Futurpreneur industry guidelines include: businesses that are sexually exploitive or that feature sexually explicit entertainment, products or services; businesses that are engaged in or associated with illegal activities; businesses trading in countries that are proscribed by the Canadian federal government; and any other commercial activities inappropriate for government funding. For more details on Futurpreneur industry eligibility, click here. All BDC loans are subject to the eligibility criteria of the BDC.
  • Demonstrate that you have been discharged from bankruptcy for at least five years or one year after receipt of a Certificate of Full Performance in the case of a Consumer Proposal.
  • Any age eligible entrepreneur (18-39 years old) who owns 5% or less of the business does not need to be party to Futurpreneur Canada and BDC application.

For additional eligibility criteria for partnerships, incorporations, and business take-overs please click here.

For information on businesses not eligible for Futurpreneur Canada financing please click here.

Approval for financing is also dependent on an applicant successfully meeting credit score minimums determined by Futurpreneur.

Futurpreneur Canada is a non-profit organization supporting Canadians aged 18-39 to become business owners with loan financing, mentoring and business resources. Our experts are here to answer your questions and put you on the path to success.