Listed below are various opportunities including conferences, pitch competitions, and funding.
Futurepreneur: a start-up program that provides mentoring and financing to young entrepreneurs.
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency: various programs and funding offered, including a Business Development Program, an Innovative Communities Fund, and an Atlantic Innovative Fund.
Next 36: an 8-month program designed to help you transform your idea into a viable business.
Canadian National Exhibition: Emerging Innovators Pitch Competition, held in:
Global Student Entrepreneur Awards: an opportunity for those who have already started their business venture (minimum of 6 months ago).
100 Seeds Atlantic: a non-profit organization created to foster youth entrepreneurship. Purchase a ticket for $100 and you will have the chance to win $10,000 for your business at a pitch competition located in Atlantic Canada.
Innovacorp: participate in the Spark Innovation Challenge for a chance to win up to $50,000 as well as guidance from experienced professionals. Focused on early stage technology companies in Nova Scotia.
Volta’s Pitch Competition: an opportunity for anyone in the technology community in Atlantic Canada to practice your pitch and receive feedback from peers and industry professionals.
Canada’s Business Model Competition: Participants are rewarded for being able to break down their idea, testing their assumptions with customers, applying Customer Development/ Lean Startup principles, and learning to change until they have created a customer-validated business model. This competition is the national qualifier for the International Business Model Competition.
Social Enterprise Fund: start by submitting a proposal including your mission, financial information, any studies or assessments you have completed, and the proposed use of funds.
Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) Social Enterprise Loan: offer up to $150,000 in repayable loans to eligible applicants. To find out if you are eligible, contact your local CBDC.
Social Enterprise Institute: offers several courses that will help you grow your social enterprise, some of the courses are free of charge!