This is a common issue.
I'm not sure of your personal situation but will offer some starting points for you.
Can you borrow equipment or money from a friend or family member to get you started? Sometimes its difficult to ask for assitance-but, remember you're not just asking for a favour; you're asking for help to earn money. In other words, the loan of equipment or money is being used to support yourself and to earn money to pay back the favour.
Something else to explore is a funding program called "Summer Company". Here's a link to get you started: http://www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/1medt/smallbiz/en/sb_sbec_en.jsp.
Let me know if I can help with any specific resources.