THEME: CHANGE THE WORLD THROUGH ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Our second year is now under our belt and we couldn't be happier! From February 17-19, 2016, 140 student entrepreneurs came to Halifax from 6 different provinces. Not only did we up our registration but we upped the stakes by giving away over $11,500 in funding and prizes!

Here's what happened...

 
2017 Students Pitch at Opening reception

 

This year we changed things up a bit with our Opening Reception & 'Big Ideas' Trade Show. Instead of select student businesses presenting their business at assigned tables, everyone was given the opportunity to pitch their ideas at given themed tables. All they had to do was engage an audience and gather a crowd. 

 

Our Master Classes this year where incredible, and unlike anything we have seen before, including a disco ball. Students learned form experienced entrepreneurs on topics that relate to “Make It Happen”. 

 

Master class instructors:

 

- Paul Leblanc, Serial Entrepreneur & Founder of Be Human

- Bailey Parnell, Founder & CEO, SkillsCamp

- Jared Perry, Social Entrepreneur

- Jan Keck, Video Magician, BIG3 Video Agency

- Natalia Kantor, Creative Director, BIG3 Video Agency

- Jennifer Nicholson, Co-Founder, Executive Finance

- Blair Cook, Co-Founder, Executive Finance

- Mike Tanner, Founder, OneRedCat

- Carolyne Crewe, Co-Founder, Duckish Natural Skin Care

- Laura Simpson, Owner, The Syrup Factory & Founder, Make.Do.Camp

 

 

 

 


 

 

After a day full of Master Classes, we topped it of with our Dinner & Keynote with Warren Macdonald. A true testament to this years theme “Make it Happen”, Warren Macdonald’s life’s boundaries were redefined in April 1997 with his accident on North Queensland’s (Australia) Hinchinbrook Island.

 

Climbing to the Island’s tallest peak, he became trapped beneath a one-ton slab boulder in a freak rock fall. Two days later, he was rescued, only to undergo the amputation of both legs at mid thigh. Just ten months later, he climbed Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain using a modified wheelchair and the seat of his pants.



The final day was full of opportunities for students to win money. We started it of with Funder Speed Dating, an opportunity for students to pitch their business ideas to a group of funders for a chance to win. Students were given only five minutes to pitch to each funder, and then had to move on to the next. From this event, 8 businesses were rewarded money for their businesses.  

 

After lunch, students headed over to the Ideation Tournament where they got in groups of 5 or 6. They were given the problem to solve food insecurity while still making it financially sustainable. They had two hours to come up with a solution, make a 2 minute video explaining there solution, and submit it for judging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's who won the cash:

- Jeremie Arsenault from Holland College

- Matt and Logan Webb from Dalhousie University

- Ryan Sanderson from Halifax West High School

- Dylan Thompson- McKay from Nova Scotia Community College

- Zaniar Ahmad from Mohawk College

- Chanel Mazerolle from Luis Bracamonte, Mount Saint Vincent University

- Alex Ross, Options Youth from Saint Mary’s University

- Amanda Maginley from New Brunswick Community College

 

 

 

After lunch, students headed over to the Ideation Tournament where they got in groups of 5 or 6. They were given the problem to solve food insecurity while still making it financially sustainable. They had two hours to come up with a solution, make a 2 minute video explaining there solution, and submit it for judging.

 

 

 

 

Finally we ended of the conference with the awards ceremony, giving out over $10 000 in funding and prizes. At the awards ceremony gave prizes to the winner of the Funder Speed Dating, the Ideation Tournament, and New Product Competition. Along with that, prizes were awarded for the online components of the conference, with students being challanged to interact through our app, using hashtags, and through SnapChat. 

 

 The dates are set for 2018! Join us February 20th - 22nd, 2018. Hope to see you there!