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Scotiabank Entrepreneur in the Making Program

Scotiabank Entrepreneur in the Making Program

Scotiabank Entrepreneur-in-the-Making Program
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Funding for your small business

To help kick-start or expand businesses across Nova Scotia, funding is available to NSCC students and recent alumni.

If you have a savvy business idea, and the desire to launch or grow a company, apply for the Scotiabank Entrepreneur in the Making Program.

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The Entrepreneur in the Making program is available at all 14 NSCC campuses, thanks to the generous support of Scotiabank. A special thank you, as well, to our private Truro community donors, who provide additional funding toward NSCC's Truro Campus Entrepreneur in the Making program.


Applicants must:

  • Be a current NSCC student or an alum who's graduated within the last five years (2017 to present).
  • Have viable business goals and objectives.
  • Be an entrepreneur looking to start or expand your business.
  • Clearly describe entrepreneurial aspirations through the program's application.

All applications are welcome; however, preference will be given first to women, and then to applicants from other underrepresented* groups.

Program details

Successful applicants will receive:

  • One-time funding, up to a maximum of $3,000.
  • Three mandatory business advisory sessions with NSCC Entrepreneurship.
  • Optional financial planning through Scotiabank.
  • Mentorship and networking opportunities.

$42,000 in funding is available across all campuses each year.

Judging criteria

Applications will be judged based on:

  • Uniqueness of the product or service being offered.
  • Clarity of application.
  • Applicant’s knowledge of the proposed customer/industry.
  • Experience and ability of applicant in relation to the product or service.
  • Awareness of the logistics (ex: planning, production and distribution).
  • Demonstrated understanding of the resources required for project success.

Apply now

To apply for the Entrepreneur in the Making program, submit an application.


For more information, contact NSCC Entrepreneurship: 

*Underrepresented groups: Underrepresented groups, as outlined in Canada’s Employment Equity Act, means 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.

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