Another great year come and gone!


Theme: Change the World through Entrepreneurship

Our second year is now under our belt and we couldn't be happier! From February 17-19, 2016, 140 student entrepreneurs came to Halifax from 6 different provinces. Not only did we up our registration but we upped the stakes by giving away over $11,500 in funding and prizes!

Here's what happened...




In typical Starting Point fashion, we kicked things off with the Opening Reception & 'Big Ideas' Trade Show. The businesses showcased this year ranged from a 3D printing & prototyping business from Nova Scotia, to a clothing company from New Brunswick. This is the time for students to show off what they're doing and get excited abou the next 2 days of conference. Students had the opportunity to meat a few of their speakers and some folks from the Halifax business community.


This year's Master Classes did not dissappoint! Students heard from entrepreneurs on topics ranging from how to think more socially in your business, to making your business run on auto pilot, and everything in between. There was something for everyone.


Master Class Instructors Were:

~ Leslie Gallagher, Work Local

~ Brian Jeffcock, Affinio

~ Marie Poulin, Digital Strategy School

~ Gregg Curwin, TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture

~ Jordan Whelan, Grey Smoke Media

~ Adam Watson, Pristine Property Management

~ Ricky Neckles, Serial Entrepreneur

~ Yien Ha-Watson, Reve Event Design

~ Michael Sanderson, KarmaBuy

~ Sean Gallagher, Lion & Bright Cafe Bar

~ Andrew Ray, Innovacorp





This year's panel featured rock stars like Faten Alshazly from WeUsThem, Charlotte Rydlund from PACTA, and Simon Jalbert from Rookie. They shared their wisdom with the group about what it takes to be an entrepreneur and lessons they've learned along the way.


We tried something new this year and played a little entrepreneurial trivia. We had a lot of fun and the winning team walked away with a few gift cards. Not a bad way to end a full day of learning. 


On the third day of the conference we like to host a series of events that are geared towards putting what the students have learned the day before into practice. So to start things off we had the students pitch their businesses in Funder Speed Dating. We've steped up our game from last year with six funders in the room giving away money to deserving businesses. Our keynote speaker Joey Adler even took part! Student were given 5 minutes to pitch their idea to each funder. It's fast, intense and an incredible learning experience.  




Here's who won the cash:


~ Tech Teens

~ Under the Bridge

~ Coat & Shelter

~ Canadian Snowboard Club

~ Eureka Technologies

~ Diamond's Den Photography

~ RezSolutions

~ Balance902


To keep the energy high and the creative juices flowing, we held our world famous Ideation Tournament! Ok, it's not world famous but it's pretty awesome.  How does it work? We split the students into groups and give them an unsolvable problem. Then they have to solve it using entrepreneurship, create a video and send it in all within 2.5 hours. This year's winners walked away with $500 each.



To close out the show we heard from this year's Keynote Speaker, Joey Adler. She lives and breaths the theme of the conference. After leaving Diesel Canada as President & CEO she went on to start a few social enterprises. One of them being onxone, endorsed by Matt Damon. She shared what she's learned from social entrepreneurship and the importance of thinking socially within entrepreneurial ventures. 



 The dates are set for 2017! Join us February 21st - 23rd, 2017. Hope to see you there!