Welcome to the Starting Point Student Entrepreneurship Conference!


 Tuesday, February 21st, 2017


Conference Registration Opens, Lobby, McNally Main Auditorium

6:00pm   Conference Reception & 'Big Ideas' Trade Show, McNally Main Auditorium


Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017


Conference Registration Opens, Lobby, McNally Main Auditorium

9:00am  Master Class Session 1, Loyola Building
10:30am Master Class Session 2, Loyola Building
11:30am Lunch & Partner Trade Show, MaNally Main Auditorium
1:00pm Master Class Session 3, Loyola Building
2:15pm Master Class Session 4, Loyola Building
3:30pm Master Class Session 5, Loyola Building
4:30pm Pre-Dinner Reception, Loyola Conference Hall (290)
5:30pm Dinner & Keynote, Loyola Conference Hall (290)
8:00pm Social, Halifax Distillery


Thursday, February 23rd, 2017


Funder Speed Dating, Unilever Lounge, 4th Floor Sobey Building

10:00am  New Product Competition, Scotiabank Theatre, Sobey Building
12:00pm Lunch, Sobey Building Lobby
1:00pm Ideation Tournament, McNally Auditorium
3:30pm Awards Ceremony, Scotiabank Theatre, Sobey Building


Read more about some of the events that will be featured!

Opening & "Big Ideas" Trade Show

Not your‌ typical opening ceremonies. Let's drop the long, boring speeches and get to know each other over a glass of wine. Mingle with other student business owners as well as your Master Class Instructors. There might even be some funders in the crowd. Oh , and don't forget to tell us about your really cool business and we might choose you for the "Big Ideas" trade show! 

Dinner & Keynote

We're switching things up this year based on your feedback. Panels are so passé so we're going bigger for the dinner. Join us for dinner and hear from our Keynote speaker. 

Not coming to the conference but want to catch the keynote? Email us for information on tickets for the event at startingpoint@smu.ca.

Master Classes

Soak in the knowledge at Master Classes. Learn from the best in their field as they teach topics relevant to being a student entrepreneur. Delivered by entrepreneurial individuals who are best in their field. Topics will follow five main themes:

  • From the Ground Up (start up)
  • Stretching Your Reach (growth)
  • Cutting the Right Corners (efficiency)
  • Staying Afloat (sustainability)
  • Trail Blazing (innovation)

Click here to view a full list of Master Class Instructors

Funder Speed Dating

Pitch your business to a group of funders. Better make it short and sweet though; you'll only have five minutes to pitch before you move on to the next funder. There is guarenteed money in the room and a limited number of seats so there's a good chance you'll be walking away with some cash for your business.

This session is by application only. Apply Here!


Ideation Tournament

Do you have a mind for ideas? Are you always coming up with cool ways to make things better? The Ideation Tournament will challenge you to develop innovative and revolutionary ideas to solve problems. The winners of the Ideation Tournament will be announced at the Awards event later in the evening. Don't worry, there are prizes. 


After it's all said and done, we will be giving out awards to well deserving entrepreneurs who have shown exceptional entrepreneurial spirit and innovation. Winners from the Ideation Tournament will also be announced along with the recepients of funding from the Funder Speed Dating.