Entrepreneurship - Preparing students to make difference!

Entrepreneurship has been described as the capacity and willingness to develop, organize and manage a business venture with all its inherent risks. Entrepreneurs have a tremendous impact on their communities and local economies because they have the innovation to tackle issues in new ways and the risk appetite to try to make these ideas work. This is why CISS is excited to introduce an entrepreneurship course option to our CISS at Trinity programme for 2020!   

Students come together and cultivate skills that empower them to think creatively and acquire the unique mindset of a entrepreneur. This exciting new course aims to develop critical thinking, innovative decision-making, problem-solving, brainstorming, and teamwork skills. In their final presentations, students are challenged to present their ideas and explain their vision. 

We offer a positive and supportive learning environment in which students are inspired to embrace entrepreneurial thinking and to imagine unique career paths that complement their individual strengths and talents.  

The Ideal Candidate

  • Students aged 14 to 18 with intermediate to advanced level of English (equivalent to IELTS 4.0+), who are able to express themselves. 
  • Innovative individuals who are interested in learning how to channel their skills and develop their entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Students who are seeking inspiration to explore new opportunities.

Course outline


  • Types of entrepreneurship
  • Qualities of a successful entrepreneur
  • The social impact of entrepreneurial innovation 
  • Risk-taking and resilience.
  • Pitching ideas and collaboration
  • Building a business plan
  • Profitability and success
  • Guest speaker
  • Field trip

Entrepreneurial skills

  • Essential skills for success as an entrepreneur
  • Embracing creativity and uncovering unrealized talents
  • Learning from mistakes
  • Entrepreneurship for social justice
  • Guest speaker
  • Field trip
Making it real
  • Building your plan
  • Field trip
  • Preparing for presentation
  • Shark Tank Presentations with feedback
  • Wrap-up

LocationCISS at Trinity - Toronto, ON
Ages14-18 years - boys and girls
Entrepreneurship28/06 to 18/07 or 19/07 to 08/08
Session Length3 week sessions
AccommodationSingle or Double Residence Rooms
Weekly Hours25 hours per week

Dates and Fees 2021

All fees are in Canadian Dollars $CAD


*Canadian and US citizens currently residing in Canada or the United States are asked to contact CISS for domestic rates. Taxes are included. Information updated: February 05, 2019


Students in the Entrepreneurship course follow the activities organized for all participants at CISS at Trinity. The activities have been designed to showcase the best that Toronto has to offer.  Each week, students attend 1 full day excursion and 3 half day excursions as part of the programme.  Transportation, meals, and admission costs are included.

Full Day (one per week)       Half Day (three per week)
  • Niagara Falls (with Hornblower Boat Tour) 
  • Canada's Wonderland  
  • Treetop trekking
  • Wye Marsh Canadiana
  • Blue Jays Baseball Game
  • Casa Loma
  • CN Tower
  • Disco Boat Cruise on Lake Ontario
  • Distillery District/Spaghetti Factory
  • Downsview Park
  • High Park
  • Local Toronto festivals
  • Ripley’s Aquarium
  • Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
  • Toronto Harbourfront
  • Toronto Islands
  • Toronto Zoo


Welcome to one of the most beautiful campuses in Toronto, the Trinity College! Our downtown location puts the city right at your doorstep. Just south of the famous neighbourhood of Yorkville, you are a short walk to Yonge Street, coffee shops, stores and so much more.  On campus you will find a comfortable, clean, and safe residence, a beautiful garden courtyard, air conditioned student lounges, and dining facilities that are modern…with a historic charm.  Finally, WiFi is available throughout the campus.

You live in a single or double room in a university residence with other students attending this programme.  Students are separated by gender within the residence.  Each room has a bed, desk, chair, dresser and/or wardrobe.  All bed linens are provided, along with a bath towel.  Students must bring their own toiletries. There are card-operated laundry machines in the residence – we provide laundry detergent.  Shared washroom and shower facilities are located on every floor. Safety is our priority so our staff live in the same residence, providing full supervision.

We provide you with three meals daily, Monday - Saturday.  Brunch and dinner are served on Sundays to allow time for you to sleep in. All meals are provided in a modern cafeteria which features various stations offering a wide choice of main courses.  Lunch and dinner are complimented by a full salad bar, dessert offerings and unlimited drinks. All students eat together in the university dining hall that is decorated in the history of the school. Our meals are cooked on-site by professional staff and meet rigid nutritious standards. 


  • Large classrooms
  • Dining hall and modern cafeteria
  • Beautiful garden (“The Quad”) courtyard
  • Air-conditioned student lounges
  • Full WiFi access
  • Athletic centre (within walking distance)
  • Coffee houses, shops, boutiques and shopping centres surround the campus
  • Medical centre/hospitals within 1 km

Learn more about CISS at Trinity.


Programme Ages Daily Schedule English Proficiency
 Entrepreneurship  14-18  25 hours per week  Intermediate to Advanced (IELTS 4.0+)


Afternoon Activities

On non-excursion days, students have certain choices made available to them in the afternoons.  The options available on a particular day are noted on the schedule and may include:

  • Amazing Race
  • Board Games
  • Capture the Flag
  • Casino Night
  • Colour Wars
  • Crazy Olympics
  • Dances / Discos
  • Evening Under the Stars
  • Athletic Centre
  • Game Show Night
  • Karaoke
  • Magic Show
  • Movies
  • On-Campus Sports
  • Photo
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Speech Contest
  • Yoga
  • Summer Festivals
  • Talent Show
  • Zumba

Optional Activities:

Many students travel great distances to spend their summer at the CISS at Trinity Programme, so we provide the option of doing some of the other great activities surrounding the campus. Students may choose to do one of the following optional activities (additional costs apply) when they are available in the schedule: 

  • City Bus Tour
  • Canoeing on Lake Ontario
  • Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
  • CN Tower

For Parents

What is included in the programme price?

  • Residence accommodation
  • Three meals daily (brunch and dinner on Sundays)
  • Supervision
  • Study materials
  • 25 hours/week of Entrepreneurship
  • Daily afternoon activities
  • Athletic Centre Membership
  • 1 full day excursion per week
  • 3 half day excursion per week
  • Linen change once a week
  • Use of sheets, blankets, pillows and towels. (Students must provide own beach towel)
  • CISS T-Shirt and water bottle upon arrival
  • Certificate upon completion of course

International students also have included: 

  • Toronto airport meet & greet plus transfers to/from school
  • Medical insurance

Does my child need a visa to enter Canada or to attend this programme? 

Students who come for a summer programme (or any programme with a duration of six months or less) do not require a Study Permit. Students coming from certain countries, however, will require a Temporary Resident Visa (TVR). Please refer to the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration website for a complete listing of countries that require a TVR: www.cic.gc.ca

Do I need to purchase emergency travel medical insurance for my child?

No. CISS provides emergency out-of-country medical and dental insurance to a maximum of $100,000 CAD for students attending a CISS summer programme. 

Who will receive my child when he/she arrives at the airport?

Staff from the CISS at Trinity programme will meet your child in the arrivals area at the airport. Staff wear blue t-shirts and hold signs bearing the programme name. It is the responsibility of the student to look for this sign and to remain in the arrivals area until he/she has met the staff member. Students travelling as a group with a group leader must remain together. The group leader should assist the students to find the programme staff member. 

If your child is registered as an Unaccompanied Minor (UM), the person that CISS has designated earlier to you during the UM registration will be on hand to personally receive your child. 

How will I know that my child has arrived safely at the programme?

CISS maintains regular contact with your Representative, and will immediately inform the Representative if a student has NOT arrived as expected. Otherwise, it should be assumed that all students have arrived safely.

What happens if my child has a medical emergency?

Our staff is trained to handle all medical emergencies. Our programme is located in very close proximity to Toronto's largest hospitals and many walk-in clinics.  Should your child require medical attention, our staff will ensure he/she receives the proper treatment. CISS will inform both you and your representative (if applicable) of any emergencies that arise and the details/treatments involved. 

Do you have a clothing list available? 

Yes. Please download the CISS at Trinity Clothing List (PDF) here.  

To ensure your child returns home with all of his/her belongings, we also recommend that all clothing and personal items be labelled with your child's name.  For your convenience, we have partnered with Mabel’s Labels, a Canadian company with all types of labels that are colourful, indestructible and fun! This company ships both domestically and internationally. To purchase labels go to www.cisstrinity.mabel.ca