The economy has changed, the present job market is offering less permanent positions, benefits, pensions and
the promise of job security. In its place the era of the “Contract Economy” has now begun. The generation
most vulnerable to this shift is currently in highschool and if they’re not equipped to navigate this new and
complex economy and build the experience necessary to remain competitive, they will face needless employment
barriers and fail to reach their full potential.
The Side Hustle Summit was designed to be a proactive solution, bringing together highschool students and top
minds from Durham Colleges award winning Marketing & Entrepreneurship programs. Over the course of one
weekend students will be challenged and empowered to channel their passions into sustainable business models
and will leave with diverse skill sets in areas such as project development, financial management, marketing,
e-commerce and more. In the era of the “Contract Economy” it pays to be your own boss. The ability to run and
sustain your own business will help the next generation remain strong, competitive and stable in the midst of
a shifting and complex economy.