Young Entrepreneur Scholarship (YES)

Young Entrepreneur Scholarship (YES) poster featuring two smiling Management students in business attire on campus.

Apply for a Young Entrepreneur Scholarship (YES) in-course award of up to $7,500 in financial support!

The Young Entrepreneur Scholarship (YES), generously donated by Viral Nation CEO Joe Gagliese, supports student entrepreneurs across the University of Toronto tri-campus who want to advance their own businesses alongside pursuing higher education. Having straddled both of those worlds when he was a student himself, Joe faced a tough choice about which lane to take – academia or entrepreneurship, when he believed he could have benefitted from both in different yet significant ways. Joe’s vision is that the YES scholarship will enable student entrepreneurs to pursue all of their goals and enjoy the journey by easing some of their financial constraints. Read more.


Awards will be split among participants in the New Venture Program (NVP), open to any current student entrepreneur across each of the University of Toronto’s three campuses. YES recipients will be invited to participate in an annual YES Entrepreneurial Retreat. To qualify, student entrepreneurs must be enrolled in a minimum of 4.0 FCE courses across Fall & Winter and are required to remain in good standing. The program admits approximately 20 student entrepreneurs per year. A preference will be made for domestic students, although special consideration can be made for International students.


Applications for the Winter 2024 YES in-course awards are now closed. Check back soon for updates.


Successful applications to the YES in-course awards are automatically enrolled into the New Venture Program (NVP).