Ap­pli­ca­tions now be­ing ac­cepted for Min­is­ter’s Entrepreneurship Award of Ex­cel­lence


Ap­pli­ca­tions are now be­ing ac­cepted from stu­dents in Grades six to 12 for the Min­is­ter’s Entrepreneurship Award of Ex­cel­lence from the Nova Sco­tia Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Early Child­hood De­vel­op­ment and the Busi­ness Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil.

The award gives stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop their en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills and re­ceive $1,000 to help turn their busi­ness ideas into re­al­ity.

“The en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit is some­thing that stu­dents will ben­e­fit from no mat­ter where their ca­reer path takes them,” said Zach Churchill, min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Early Child­hood De­vel­op­ment. “I am ex­cited to work with schools and our busi­ness com­mu­nity to de­velop and sup­port Nova Sco­tia’s next gen­er­a­tion of en­trepreneurs.”

The prov­ince part­ners with the Busi­ness Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil to de­liver the award. “The ideas pre­sented by the young en­trepreneurs last year were amaz­ing,” said Cal Gosse, chair of the coun­cil. “We are look­ing for­ward to what this year will bring.”

Three awards will be given to stu­dents that ex­hibit en­tre­pre­neur­ial pur­suits in tech­nol­ogy, in­no­va­tion and cre­ation and so­cial change. Stu­dents can ap­ply on­line in­di­vid­u­ally or as a small group by sub­mit­ting an ap­pli­ca­tion that in­cludes a bud­get and a pitch deck, video or busi­ness plan, to be con­sid­ered by mem­bers of the Busi­ness Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil. Three fi­nal­ists in each cat­e­gory will move on to a pitch com­pe­ti­tion held in the spring.

The three win­ners will be awarded $1,000 each and the op­por­tu­nity to work with a men­tor to ad­vance their busi­ness.

The ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line is Feb. 28. To ap­ply, visit https://no­vas­co­tia.ca/ en­trepreneu­raward/

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