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Start-up Accelerator

Develop the skills and professional networks needed to launch your business.

An African Canadian woman smiles as she posts an open sign on the door of her new business.
Start Date:
Typical Length:
30 Weeks
Certificate of Professional Studies

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If you're an NSCC graduate with the goal of launching and managing your own business, this program equips you with the entrepreneurial skillset needed to get a successful enterprise off the ground.

You learn:

  • How to assess market trends and business viability
  • Finance skills, marketing and communications strategies, and business planning
  • How to integrate technology and other operational tools into business processes
  • How to establish resource and community connections in support of your business development goals
  • The importance of diversity and inclusion, health and wellness practices, and adherence to codes of conduct in all areas of business operations
  • The application of sustainable methods that support economic, social, cultural and environmental stewardship

With classmates, you participate in group sessions designed to develop your business ideas. You also have access to a variety of peer-to-peer and professional mentoring and networking opportunities.

Study options

  • This program is offered through blended delivery (a combination of in-class and online classes).
    • Classes are held at Ivany Campus Tuesday evenings and through synchronous online delivery Thursday evenings from 6-9pm.
    • Some online courses have no scheduled class times, providing flexibility for the remainder of the week.

2022-23 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

September 2022

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Ivany Campus/Online Dartmouth Part time Blended Delivered through a combination of in-person and scheduled online classes. • Evenings Seats available

Admission requirements

  • An NSCC credit credential of one term or longer in duration.
  • A completed business concept form outlining details of your business idea is a requirement for determining your admission into this program. For details on what to provide, see the Business Concept Form (PDF 176KB). 
    • Applicants must receive a minimum score of 70% on the business concept form to be eligible for this program.


Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
Tuition (International):

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Subsidized tuition for the 2022-23 academic year for accepted students

  • NSCC's Alumni Association is providing tuition funding of $1,050 for accepted students. Once admitted to the program, your tuition is credited by this amount for the 2022-23 academic year. Any additional program costs (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are your responsibility.

Career options

Graduates are prepared to start and run their own businesses. And with their entrepreneurial skillset, they've got transferrable skills of value to employers across industries.

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