Have you ever thought about starting your own business? The Minister’s Entrepreneurship Award of Excellence is your chance to show your entrepreneurial spirit and get real-world experience pitching your idea and making it a reality.
You can show entrepreneurship in different ways. Your idea could be for a product or service you could offer in your community, a way to solve a social or environmental problem you’ve noticed, or an invention or app that could make people’s lives easier.
Who can apply
The award is open to students in grades 6–12 at a public school in Nova Scotia in the 2017-2018 school year.
How it works
Judges will review each application for how realistic the business plan is, and how it could address a social or environmental problem or create economic growth in Nova Scotia
Finalists will be invited to a pitch competition and a winner will be chosen in each of 3 categories: Social Enterprise, Technology, and Innovation/Creativity.
The 3 winning students will each receive $1,000 to help launch their idea or start their business. They’ll also be matched with a business mentor from their community to give them advice and coaching.
How you can apply
Have a business idea
Come up with an idea for a new business, or submit one that you have already created.
Prepare your application
Your application should include:
- a description of your product, service or idea
- a market and needs analysis (research who your customers might be, and explain why they’d be interested)
- a marketing plan (how you plan to attract customers and grow your business)
- what businesses you’ll be competing with for customers
- what your budget will be, and how you would use the $1,000 to develop your idea
Applicant should ensure compliance with board policies and completion of any board permission documents. In addition, if selected as a finalist, applicants will need to submit a signed CNS consent form for media purposes.
Complete the online application by February 26, 2018.