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Minister’s Entrepreneurship Award of Excellence

Education and Early Childhood Development has partnered with the Business Education Council to recognize students in grades 6-12 who show an interest in entrepreneurship. Three winners of the Minister’s Entrepreneurship Award of Excellence will receive a $1,000 grant and mentorship to help them start or grow their business.

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 2020-2021 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 virtual 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 provided with an opportunity to further their work on their entrepreneurial venture.

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

You’ll need to make a presentation (pitch deck) or written business plan (DOC 16 KB) that explains your idea, and a spreadsheet or document that outlines your budget (DOC 16 KB).

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

To get an idea of what could be included in your application, watch these videos on how to build a pitch deck and delivering an effective pitch.

Applicant should ensure compliance with regional centres for education/Conseil scolaire acadien provincial 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.

Apply online

Complete the online application by March 10, 2021.

Apply online