Students Awarded Minister’s Entrepreneurship Award of Excellence

The Minister’s Entrepreneurship Award of Excellence was awarded to three students on April 25th in Halifax, along with a $1,000 grant for each of their projects to help grow their businesses.

In a partnership between the province and the Business Education Council, a Dragon’s Den style event was held to offer students from grades 6 to 12 an opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a panel of business and education leaders at the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

“Entrepreneurs are the innovators and risk takers who help us to make Nova Scotia stronger and grow our economy.” said Zach Churchill Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.

“These winners are being recognized for their original ideas and innovative thinking. These are our business leaders of tomorrow.”

The winners and categories they won in are as follows:

  • Social Enterprise: Talia Quinlan, École secondaire du Sommet, Bedford, Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. Her company Sea Secrets offers seashell mulch, a more friendly alternative to chemical fertilizers.
  • Technology: Gabriel Baker, West Kings District High School, Auburn, Annapolis Valley Regional Centre for Education. His company 3dMEnow sells custom three-dimension portraits, statues and sculptures.
  • Innovation and Creativity: Madison Crawford, Eastern Passage Education Centre, Eastern Passage, Halifax Regional Centre for Education. Her company 2 Paws Up Dog Treats sells all-natural gluten free dog treats.

The full-day event also allowed participants to gain insight and business tips from representatives including IBM, Imaginal Ventures, Nova Scotia Community College, Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship, Atlantic Cirque and the Department Education and Early Childhood Development.

Past winners, along with runners-up, say that the event teaches them valuable skills related to business in a fun and engaging way.

“The event last year was a great learning experience,” said Leilia Fraser, Grade 10 student and 2018 Entrepreneurship Award Winner in the category of Social Enterprise. “We learned a lot about how customers are grouped and how to determine our target market

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