Summer Entrepreneurial Experience


In partnership with Study and Stay™ Entrepreneurship Program by EduNova and TD Entrepreneurship Inclusion Initiative

      The Study and Stay™—Nova Scotia Entrepreneurship Program, in partnership with the Arthur L. Irving Entrepreneurship Centre and TD Entrepreneurship Inclusion Initiative, supports student entrepreneurs in Nova Scotia through networking, skill development and resource sharing, to further the success of our student entrepreneurs and the province’s growing economy.   


      Program participants are provided the opportunity with a transformational business learning experience while offering the opportunity to focus on developing their entrepreneurial aspirations with support and resources to help them succeed.

      If you own a business or have an idea and are looking for support to help move your business forward this summer, apply to the Study and Stay™—Entrepreneurship Program today!


      • Applicant must be a domestic or international student currently studying at a Nova Scotian post-secondary institution. 
      • Participants are required to have good attendance during the Summer Entrepreneurial Experience program and must be international students to be eligible to give a pitch during our main in-person competition scheduled for August 1st at Arthur L. Irving Entrepreneurship Centre to be considered for funding prize money 
      • While there is no set GPA (Grade Point Average) requirement, students are expected to be in good academic standing and to have contributed to their academic and social communities.


      Students will have an opportunity to pitch at the end of the program with $25,000 to be awarded in total to students as they build their ventures.

      Note: The program cannot provide you with any work authorization for running your own business, please confirm your eligibility with your Registered International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs) in your campus or institution. You should also be sure that you can accept the grant based on your permit. It is your responsibility to determine if your study visa allows you to participate in the program, please check before applying.


      June 18

      • Program Overview—Orientation

      June 20

      • Building an Entrepreneurial Mindset

      June 25

      • Edu Nova Webinar 2—Panel Discussion

      June 27

      • Setting up SMART Goals

      July 2

      • Strategic Networking with an Entrepreneurial Lens

      July 4

      • Customer Journey and Competitive Analysis

      July 9

      • Immigration Pathways for Entrepreneurs

      July 11

      • Intellectual Property

      July 16

      • Taxes for Self-Employed/Small Businesses 1—Tax Week

      July 18

      • Taxes for Self-Employed/Small Businesses 2—Tax Week

      July 23

      • Pitch Presentation Workshop/ Drop-in Sessions for students

      July 25

      • Pitch Presentation/ Preparation

      July 30

      • Final Pitch Presentation Mock Practice

      August 1

      • Final Competition

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