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.
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.
- Be a current NSCC student or an alum who's graduated within the last five years (2016 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.
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.
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
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.