Youth Entrepreneurship


Getting a start-up off the ground takes a lot of hard work. This webpage provides aspiring business owners with up-to-date leasing opportunities, connection to valuable brokers and business mentors, grants and resources, and opportunities to test products/services with the downtown market in a rent-free retail incubator.


Downtown Market Research

Why downtown? Click here for the latest downtown market research that provides a snapshot of the people who work, live, learn and experience downtown. It will provide insight onto the perceptions of the public and information about the developments that have generated increased traffic and significant reinvestment in our downtown. Ideally, it will inspire you to take advantage of the business opportunities in our city centre.

Leasing Opportunities

Not sure what spaces are available downtown or tailored to your budding business? Check out our up-to-date map of lease opportunities here (click the Available Retail Space option).

Friendly Downtown Realtors

Our downtown friendly brokers and realtors are eager to provide you with tours of downtown spaces! To get connected or to book your tour, contact us.

Business Mentorship

Our extensive roster of downtown entrepreneurs are ready to provide you with advice and support! To get connected, contact us here.

melMelanie Bernadsky, Owner of Freshcut Downtown: “The downtown business community is a supportive environment for young entrepreneurs. With creativity and a great product, you can attract walkby traffic as well as become a destination spot for any customer demographic.”







Nils Vik, Owner of Parlour Coffee:

“Be organized; have a clear idea and plan of what you want to do; stick to your vision and just do it. Success as an entrepreneur is following through with an idea or vision and having it become sustainable for yourself and your staff.”





Rent Free Retail Incubator Initiative

Click here to learn more or to apply to participate in our rent-free retail incubator & pop-up initiative.


Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Entrepreneurship Manitoba
Exchange District BIZ
Junior Achievement
The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
Women’s Enterprise Centre
World Trade Centre Winnipeg

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