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Artrepreneur is heading to Orillia and Area - Application Deadline EXTENDED UNTIL JULY 21st @ Midnight

​About Artrepreneur

Artrepreneur is a program designed to equip independent artists, arts administrators and creative entrepreneurs with vital business skills needed for success across all arts disciplines and industries. Artists are entrepreneurs who contribute greatly to the social and economic well-being of their communities and, as such, require strategic training to grow in capacity. By incubating creatives working across all disciplines in one program, we foster collaboration and the sharing of ideas, tools, tips and best practices, resulting in a well-rounded understanding of what it takes to “make it” as a creative entrepreneur. 

​The Program

Artrepreneur Simcoe County is comprised of weekly seminars and workshops, assignments, mentorships and a final presentation and expo over a four-month period. It primarily serves Simcoe County based artists, arts groups and arts businesses working in all creative disciplines such as, though not limited to, visual arts, dance, theatre, film, music, jewelry, fashion, graphic design, gaming and augmented reality. Sessions are hands-on and will range in format from lectures to peer-to-peer workshops.

Throughout the program, faculty will guide fellows in the step-by-step development of a business plan by providing them with templates, learning modules and actionable assignments. By the end of the program, fellows will have the opportunity to present their completed business plan and associated work in front of industry leaders. Upon successful completion, fellows will also be awarded a certificate endorsed by all program partners.



  • Applicant is an independent artist, Director/President of an arts group/non-profit organization or the Founder/Owner of a creative business​

  • All arts disciplines, design and those working at the intersection of art, technology & innovation

  • Actively practicing and/or in operation for two consecutive years or more

  • 18 years of age or older

  • Ability to commute and attend weekly sessions

Application Process & Submission Requirements

Applicants are required to submit all of the following:

  • Application form

  • Letter of intent outlining your art practice/business, why you want to participate in the program and what you hope to accomplish (maximum 1000 words)

  • CV or Resume

  • Bio (200 – 400 words)

  • Support material – can be one or a combination of the following

    • 5 JPG images of recently completed work; 72 dpi, 1024 X 768 pixels, label image files with a number, your name and title of piece (ex. 01_JohnSmith_BirchTrees)

    • Samples of event/product/service flyers or brochures (JPG or PDF format), label files with a number, your name or the name of your organization and title (ex. 01_JaneDoe_DanceWorkshopFlyer)

    • Maximum 2 minute video (send link to online YouTube or Vimeo video)

  • Support material list

The application process is exclusively online.  Application can be accessed through 

It is mandatory that you input all of the above submission requirements in the online form including support material in the form of JPGs or PDFs.

​Selection Process

All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. The committee is comprised of representatives from partner organizations who are cultural administrators, local artists, educators and business advisors. A maximum of 25 applicants will be accepted for the program based on meeting eligibility criteria, full completion of application, ability to participate for the full duration of the program, artistic merit and business viability.

Accepted applications will be required to pay a program fee of $150.

Notification of the Results

Acceptance notifications will be issued by email or phone. Due to the volume of submissions, only those accepted into the program will be contacted.


Weekly sessions will take place at Lakehead University Orillia's downtown campus. The Artrepreneur Expo location will be determined at a later date. 


Orillia Area CDC consultants, Georgian College faculty and advisors from the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre and other subject matter expert guest lecturers.


  • County of Simcoe
  • City of Orillia
  • Lakehead University- Orillia Campus
  • Orillia Area Community Development Corp (CDC)
  • Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, Georgian College  
  • York Region Arts Council

 Important Dates


  • Deadline for Applications: July 14, 2019
  • Duration of Program: In Class:  Thursday Evenings from 6-9 starting September 12 to December 12 2019
  • Expo: 2019
  • Information Session:  June 18th, 2019 5:30-6:30pm in the Tudhope Boardroom, Orillia City Centre, 50 Andrew Street S, Orillia, ON L3V 7S2
  • Location of Sessions: Orillia
  • Applications are due no later than midnight on: July 14, 2019

Program At-A-Glance

  • 13 weeks in-class​

  • 3 hour seminar/workshop once per week,  (6:00 – 9:00 pm)

  • Sessions conducted by industry experts

  • Access to creative industry mentors

  • Learn the components of a business plan, marketing plan, financial management, intellectual property, presentation skills and more

  • Regular assignments culminating a complete business plan

  • Receive templates and helpful exercises

  • Final presentation to creative industry leaders

  • Certificate of completion


Please direct all inquiries to:

Donna Goodwin,, (705)- 726-9300 x1620

​Jacqueline Soczka