Participants Encouraged to Jump Right In
Department of Education (to March 26, 2013)
August 23, 1999 1:45 PM
Starting today, 100 participants from around the world will take
the plunge into a week-long entrepreneurship program called Jump
Right In, taking place at the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax.
Produced by the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and
Development, this event is for people interested in promoting
entrepreneurship and economic development in their communities.
Participants hail from eight Canadian provinces, two American
states, Sweden, Finland and Northern Ireland. This group -- made
up of employees of business centres, economic development
agencies and university and community college educators -- will
take part in a number of interactive activities, including lunch
with entrepreneurs and the opportunity to run a business for a
"One of the goals of Jump Right In is to have participants
network with others in order to promote business ideas and
entrepreneurial activity in their communities," said Liz Crocker,
project coordinator at the centre and leader of the event.
On Monday and Friday, presentations will be given by businesses
and universities from across Canada on education, micro lending,
and creating an entrepreneurial culture in Atlantic Canadian
colleges. Also, a number of round-table discussions will take
place on topics like the challenges associated with economic
development in rural areas. As well, on Wednesday evening,
participants will take part in a reception at Pier 21.
"We thought the tour of Pier 21 was a perfect fit with this
event," said Ms. Crocker. "As history shows us, the people who
came to Pier 21 were very entrepreneurial. They came to this new
place and made use of characteristics like risk-taking,
creativity and resourcefulness. This shows the importance of
entrepreneurship in any situation."
Jump Right In is funded by the Dobson Foundation, a philanthropic
organization based in Montreal that supports entrepreneurship
activities across the country. Delegates pay no registration fee
and receive resources worth $400.
The Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development is a
joint venture funded by Nova Scotia Department of Education and
the Canada/Nova Scotia Cooperation Agreement on Economic
Diversification. This agreement is managed by the Atlantic Canada
Opportunities Agency and Nova Scotia Economic Development.
Contact: Krista Murphy
Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development
902-424-5157 or 1-800-590-8481
arc August 23, 1999 1:35 p.m.