News release

Award Encourages Young Innovators

Public school students in grades six to 12 across the province will have an opportunity to bring their business ideas to life.

The Minister’s Entrepreneurship Award of Excellence will provide three students with mentorship and $1,000 each to launch their ideas.

“Innovative. Forward-thinking. Leaders. These are some of the words that describe students across our province,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “I’m pleased to work with our schools and the business community to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs in Nova Scotia.”

The application deadline is Feb. 28. To apply, visit .


The quality of student applications this year was unbelievable. They were creative in solving real problems and pitching original ideas. This event really does a good job of showcasing the up and coming talent in Nova Scotia. Cal Gosse, chair of the Business Education Council

This opportunity was such a positive experience to meet with like-minded people from across the province - especially ones who understand the difficulties of creating a product, getting it to market and selling it to consumers. Gabriel Baker, owner of and 2019 Entrepreneurship Award winner in the Technology category

Quick Facts:

  • since the award was launched in 2018, more than 40 students with 35 ideas have participated
  • the three winner categories are Social Enterprise, Technology and Innovation/Creativity


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