Ottawa, Ontario

Children's Business Fair

The Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards (7 Bayview Rd Ottawa, ON K1Y 2C5)

Saturday, July 15th, 2017.
From 10:00AM to 1:00AM.

Whether an entrepreneur is famous like Elon Musk or Oprah Winfrey or they are one of the thousands of unsung business owners across this country, these are the people who make sacrifices to innovate, create jobs and serve their communities and our world.

Here is the opportunity for children to launch their very own startup business! Kids develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at our one-day marketplace. 

We will host up to 25 booths at the 1st annual Ottawa Children's Business Fair at the Bayview Yards Innovation Centre on Saturday, July 15th from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

This event is sponsored by Revel Academy, Acton Academy, the Acton School of Business, and the generous support of our donors and volunteers.  We all believe that principled entrepreneurs are heroes and role models for the next generation.

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Thank you to our incredible sponsors

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Our lead sponsor is Revel Academy, an Acton Academy affiliate, opening its doors this fall!  To learn more about their innovative student-centered program, please visit www.revelacademy.ca

About

We are a team of passionate entrepreneurs, guides, mentors, and parents, who want our children to learn about entrepreneurship in a practical and fun way.

FAQ

What is the Children’s Business Fair?

The Children’s Business Fair inspires children to discover their inner entrepreneur. The largest entrepreneurship event for kids in North America, this one-day market gives children the opportunity to showcase their very own businesses.

How many businesses will you accept?

We will accept up to 25 businesses.

Where should I begin? 

Start with our resources page. Read inspiring stories about other young entrepreneurs and play games to hone your business skills.

How do I apply? Can I apply as part of a group?

Applications must be submitted online. Please submit one application for each business. Children working as a group should submit one application that includes each child’s information. No more than 3 participants per business.

What is on the application?

The application asks kids to think through some simple, but important elements of their business:

  • What product or service do you plan to sell?
  • What price will you charge for each product/service? How much will each product/service cost you?
  • How will you pay for your startup costs? If someone is helping you with your startup costs, how will you pay that person back?
  • How will you advertise/market your business before the fair? 
  • At the end of the fair, how will you determine if your business was a success? 

What if someone else has the same business idea?  

Two cupcake businesses? Not a problem. In general, we will let market forces play out, though we will let later entries know if another applicant has a similar idea so the later entrant can decide what to do.

How will the fair be set up?

The fair will be an indoor event and each business will be given a table as their storefront and 1-2 chairs. Table cloths will not be provided. 

Will electricity be available?

Not all booths will have access to electricity.  If needed, please make sure that your requirements are noted on your application.

What are the rules? 

This event is designed to give children the experience of selling a product or service. If a parent is found selling or promoting a child’s product or service, their child’s business will be closed for the remainder of the fair.

Parents of younger children may sit in the booth, but the children are responsible for set up, customer interaction, and sales.

Parents may help their child fill out the application, but we expect the children to do as much as possible by themselves.

How did the Acton Children’s Business Fair get started?

Jeff and Laura Sandefer and a few other families wanted to spark a sense of wonder and entrepreneurship in their children so they created the first Acton Children’s Business Fair in Austin, Texas, in 2007. That year, there were seven entrepreneurs and around 25 attendees. Now, there are over 115 entrepreneurs and 1,500 attendees at the Acton Children's Business Fair in Austin.

Have a question? Contact Us.