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Young Entrepreneurs from Across Canada in Halifax for Starting Point Conference

21 February, 2017

Young entrepreneurs from across Canada will have the chance to learn from national business leaders at the Starting Point Entrepreneurship Conference taking place at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

The conference, which runs from February 21- 23, 2017, brings student entrepreneurs from post-secondary institutions and high schools from across the country together to share best practices, interact with guest speakers from the business world, learn from experts in their field and potentially win cash investments for their businesses.

This conference is a platform for students to dream big and work towards a better more prosperous Canada. Alfred Burgesson was one of those students.  In 2016, Alfred attended his first Starting Point Conference as a high school student. He had dreams of starting his own business but lacked the knowledge to make it happen. Starting Point helped provide him with the tools to create his own business and Under the Bridge Digital Media was born. The conference not only helped him create his business but after returning in 2016, it helped his business grow.

 “It was my best experience of the year, the event I was proudest to be a part of in 2016, because it gave me so much confidence moving forward,” said Alfred. “It allowed me to bring my company to where it’s at today.”

 This conference wouldn’t be possible without the support of the local business community, key partnerships and financial support. This includes an investment of $58,000 from the Government of Canada through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

“Young entrepreneurs are critical to growing the Canadian economy and play a key role in ensuring our country’s long-term prosperity. We must equip this latest generation of entrepreneurs and innovators with the tools they need to succeed. The Government of Canada remains committed to supporting business start-ups, expanding companies and creating jobs for the middle class and those who want to join it.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

The conference is organized by the Saint Mary’s University Sobey School Business Development Centre (SSBDC).  Over the past five years, SSBDC programs have provided opportunities to more than 4,500 students, allowing them to be engaged in curricular and extra-curricular activities.

To learn more about the Starting Point Conference visit www.startingpointconference.com.




Media Contacts: 

Kaitlyn Touesnard
Project Manager
Saint Mary’s University Sobey School of Business Development Centre
Cell: 902-229-1707

Pauline Tam
Director of Communications