Please follow the link for further information in regards to the Minister’s Entrepreneurship Award of Excellence for Grades 6 to 12 students.
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has partnered with the Business Education Council to recognize students in grades 6-12 who show an interest in entrepreneurship. Three winners of the Minister’s Entrepreneurship Award of Excellence will receive a $1,000 grant and mentorship to help them start or grow their business.
Have you ever thought about starting your own business? The Minister’s Entrepreneurship Award of Excellence is your chance to show your entrepreneurial spirit and get real-world experience pitching your idea and making it a reality. You can show entrepreneurship in different ways. Your idea could be for a product or service you could offer in your community, a way to solve a social or environmental problem you’ve noticed, or an invention or app that could make people’s lives easier.
Who can apply;
The award is open to students in grades 6–12 at a public school in Nova Scotia in the 2017-2018 school year.
How it works
Judges will review each application for how realistic the business plan is, and how it could address a social or environmental problem or create economic growth in Nova Scotia
Finalists will be invited to a pitch competition and a winner will be chosen in each of 3 categories: Social Enterprise, Technology, and Innovation/Creativity.
The 3 winning students will each receive $1,000 to help launch their idea or start their business. They’ll also be matched with a business mentor from their community to give them advice and coaching.
How you can apply
Have a business idea
Come up with an idea for a new business, or submit one that you have already created.
Prepare your application
Your application should include:
· a description of your product, service or idea
· a market and needs analysis (research who your customers might be, and explain why they’d be interested)
· a marketing plan (how you plan to attract customers and grow your business)
· what businesses you’ll be competing with for customers
· what your budget will be, and how you would use the $1,000 to develop your idea
Applicants should ensure compliance with board policies and completion of any board permission documents. In addition, if selected as a finalist, applicants will need to submit a signed CNS consent form for media purposes