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Scotiabank Entrepreneur-in-the-Making Program

Scotiabank Entrepreneur-in-the-Making Program

Kim, Business Administration student, and her partner Onya are holding a few packages of their sea salt outside a local store in LaHave, Nova Scotia.
NSCC eCampus student Kim Kelly (right) used a $3,000 investment and mentorship to kick-start OK Sea Salt, a business she co-founded with her partner. Read more about Kim and Onya.

Funding for your small business

To help kick-start or expand businesses across Nova Scotia, up to $3000 in funding is available to entrepreneurial NSCC students and recent alumni (Class of 2018 to present) from equity-deserving groups* through the Scotiabank Entrepreneur in the Making Program (EITM). The 2023 recipients have been selected, and applications will open again in 2024.

Since 2019, EITM has provided over $160,000 to eligible NSCC students and alumni.


EITM is available at all 14 NSCC campuses, thanks to the generous support of Scotiabank. There are also up to $28,000 in granting opportunities available through campus specific programs and partners, thanks to Truro private donors and Cube Sandbox.

Recipients also receive mentorship and guidance from NSCC, Scotiabank and the local business community.

2023 EITM recipients

Campus Recipient Status
Akerley Campus Youna Lee Student
Annapolis Valley Campus Christian Akpanya Student
Burridge Campus Fletcher Dares Student
Cumberland Campus Yu-Ting YIN Student
eCampus Mallory Zwicker Student
IT Campus Maurina Gallant Student
Ivany Campus Sara Ede Student
Ivany Campus Sydney Daoust Student
Kingstec Campus Alicia Parrish Student
Lunenburg Campus Sarah Marlin Student
Lunenburg Campus Andrei Marchenko Student
Marconi Campus Melissa O'Brien Student
Pictou Campus Sam Fagan Student
Shelburne Campus Trevor Cruickshank Student
Strait Area Campus Melanie Stieger Student
Truro Campus Nyesha Sylliboy Student

Truro Campus private donor grant recipients

  • Abhishek Bhatt, student
  • Divine Nnamdi, student
  • Donald Geraghty, alumni
  • Vance Martin, student

Cube Sandbox grant recipients

  • Bailey Williams, student
  • Barbie McNeill, alumni
  • Kendra Savoie, student
  • Naomi Hurlburt, student
  • Nicholas Muise, alumni


For more information, contact NSCC Entrepreneurship ().

*In Canada's Employment Equity Act, the four designated groups are defined as women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities; whereas members of visible minorities means persons, other than Indigenous peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.