2015 Highlighs


The Theme: Revolutionary Ideas Change the World. The Outcome: Success.

February 18th -20th, 2015 - 130 student entrepreneurs traveled to Halifax from all corners of Canada. Good times were had by all. We even gave away over $9,000 in funding and prizes!

Here's a look at what went on...


After registration, we kicked things off with the Reception and 'Big Ideas' Trade Show. Participants were able to have a glass of wine and have a bite while mingling with fellow student entrepreneurs, community members, conference partners and speakers. Of course, we had some piano music playing in the back to set the mood. A few student business owners even had the chance to show off their "Revolutionary Ideas" as part of the Trade Show.





The following day was filled with high-intensity, high-energy learning with the Master Classes. Participants learned from young, successful entreprenuers who aren't just preaching about concepts and theories that help businesses. These folks are in the thick of it, doing it. Topics included: "Selling, Like a Boss", "Design as a Strategic Advantage" and "Starting a Business with Zero 'Business Knowledge'".


Master Class Instructors Were: 

Gloria Roheim McRae, Wedge15

Patrick LaRoche, topLog

Saeed El-Darahali, SimplyCast

Wendy Brookhouse, Black Star Wealth

Hamza Khan, Splash Effect

Ricardo McRae, Wedge 15

Leah Skerry, Eyeread

Rob MacKenzie, AramaxIP Services Ltd.

Mike Cameron, Axiom Mortgage Partners

Kristy O'Leary, Scout & Burrow

Ryan Joseph, Famous Folks

Matthew Pickup, Fosch Capital


What conference is complete without a panel of experts telling you their tips and tricks? Rumeet Billan, Founder of Jobs in Education, Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, President and CEO of Digital Nova Scotia, and Duncan Enman, Founder of Can Stock Photo did just that! While we listened to these power houses tell us their stories we had our supper and played with lego. Can you go wrong with that combo?





To get the heart pumping and the juices flowing on the morning of the 20th, we hosted Funder Speed Dating. Yes, you heard us right. Student business owners pitched their ideas to folks with cash in thier pockets. Six businesses walked away with money to spend:

- Bitness

- Pet Konekt

- Klar Hockey

- Enersave

- DRC Incubator

- Kind Lifestyle Boutique



To help these beautiful young minds come up with those "Revolutionary Ideas" we spoke of, we held an Ideation Tournament. What is an Ideation Tournament you ask? Well we put people into groups, gave them some tips, and told them to solve the student debt issue. At the end of 2 hours they submitted videos that were judged by our esteemed judges. Each member of the winning team walked away with $500. Not bad for 2 hours of work.



Lastly, before we gave out all the awards, we heard from our Keynote Speaker, Mark Brand. Mark is a serial social entrepreneur from Vancouver best known for his business 'Save on Meats'. He gave us the inside scoop on the troubles he overcame and how he uses creative thinking to run his businesses. We LOVED him!



 Thanks for braving the winter with us and we hope to see you at #StartingPoint2016!