Welcome to the Starting Point Student Entrepreneurship Conference!

 

 

Day 1, February 20, 2018

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Registration, Lobby, Sobey Building

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Opening Reception, Loyola Conference Hall

 

Day 2, February 21, 2018

8:30am – 9:30am

Registration, Lobby of the Sobey Building

9:30am–10:30am

Master Class Session 1, Breakout Rooms

10:30am–11:00am

Break

11:00am–12:00pm

Master Class Session 2, Breakout Rooms

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Lunch & Partner Trade Show, Loyola Conference Hall

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Master Class Session 3, Breakout Rooms

2:30pm – 5:00pm

Iron Entrepreneur, Loyola Conference Hall

6:00pm – 6:30pm

Reception, Schooner Room, Casino Nova Scotia, 1983 Upper Water St

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Dinner & Keynote, Schooner Room, Casino Nova Scotia, 

8:00pm – 10:00pm

Social, Schooner Room, Casino Nova Scotia, 

 

 

Day 3, February 22, 2018

10:00am–12:30pm

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

10:00am–11:00pm

New Product Competition, Sobey Theatre

11:00pm–12:00pm

Master Class Session 4, Breakout Rooms

12:00pm–12:30pm

Lunch, Loyola Conference Hall

12:30pm–1:30pm

Master Class Session 5, Breakout Rooms

1:30pm–1:45pm

Break

1:45pm–2:45pm

Master Class Session 6, Breakout Rooms

3:00pm–3:30pm

Awards Ceremony, Sobey Theatre

 

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, to apply to Funder Speed Dating, submit your video here!

https://startingpoint.ssbdc.ca/ 

 


Iron Entrepreneur

Do you have a mind for ideas? Are you always coming up with cool ways to make things better? We are looking to rebrand the our popular Ideation Tournament as the Iron Entrepreneur adding a “triathlon” component where students cannot move on to the next task until they have completed the previous. All teams must finish within the allotted time in order to be considered for judging. To assist with this, we will be pairing each team with an alumni entrepreneur who will be available to provide advice and mentorship throughout the competition.


Awards

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.