CBU Hosts #StartupCapeBreton 2.0 and Kicks-off Global Entrepreneurship Week

Cape Breton University is re-booting for #StartupCapeBreton 2.0. The event will continue open dialogue and serve as an update on the many action items that developed as a result of the inaugural event, held in July. The 2.0 event will seek and support business and entrepreneurial minded community members and organizations with the goal of working toward a diversified, innovation and knowledge based economy.

“#Startup 2.0 builds on the tremendous success we had in hosting #StartupCapeBreton in July this year,” says Dr. David Rae, Dean of the Shannon School of Business. “This event brought together a heady mix of students, entrepreneurs, innovators and people who want to make a difference. Let’s do better and show how CBU can make a huge difference to the vibrancy, entrepreneurial spirit and future of Cape Breton. We can make Cape Breton not only ‘open for business’ but a great place to start and grow a business.

#StartupCapeBreton 2.0 will also serve as the kick-off event for Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators, who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. The week will be celebrated from November 17-22, 2014, with a series of events, with something for everyone.

Global Entrepreneurship Week aims to inspire people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. From large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, these events connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors, and even investors — introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities

The events come as a continuation of #StartupCapeBreton, an event that successfully united key players, who together are now working to accelerate the development of an ecosystem to support local entrepreneurship in Cape Breton.

Monday, November 17, 2014

#StartupCapeBreton 2.0

5 p.m.
Verschuren Centre

Topics/Themes for discussion:

Human Capital: Developing people

  • Dr. David Rae, Dean of the Shannon School of Business, on CBU’s entrepreneurship strategy and the broader island-wide agenda.
  • Students from UIT Startup Immersion, a new technology and entrepreneurship program delivered in partnership between Gavin Uhma and CBU’s Shannon School of Business.
  • Coordinators of the Island Sandbox (partnership between CBU/NSCC Marconi), a pre-incubator that focuses on clean tech, Internet, Social Entrepreneurship, and New Immigrant businesses. 

Financial Capital: Making the money flow

  • Gordon MacInnis, VP Finance at CBU, on the Cape Breton Island Futures Fund, a new Venture Capital fund spearheaded by Annette Verschuren.
  • Bob Pelley, Regional Manager of Innovacorp, on Spark Cape Breton, an investment competition for early-stage businesses, focusing on startups in the Internet, life sciences, clean tech, and ocean tech sectors.

Social Capital: Building the networks

  • CBU President David Wheeler and others on the “2500 Club”, a campaign to reach 2500 jobs in Cape Breton Island’s growing innovation and technology sectors. (Where are we now? Where are we going? and How do we get there?)
  • Eric Lortie of Marcato Digital Solutions and winners of the Marcato Hackathon on “building something awesome”.

Also on November 17th, the Island Sandbox will be open for business and will be launching the Island Sandbox to the community by  showcasing some of the work to date and talking about the initiatives in place moving forward. The Island Sandbox exemplifies the strong partnership of CBU and NSCC to promote and support entrepreneurship with our students and the entire Cape Breton Community.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Student Pitch Competition

2-4:00 p.m.
Sydney Credit Union Boardroom (CE-265)

Students will have 1 minute to present their business/idea "elevator pitch" and 3 minutes of questions from local judges. The top 3 will receive cash awards and also a spot in the Pitch 101 competition taking place the following week. Pitches will be judged based on the validity and scalability of the business/idea.

The competition aims to enhance the entrepreneurial skill sets of students and provide exposure for their businesses/ideas.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Women Entrepreneurs Lunch and Learn

12 – 1:00 p.m.
Board of Governors Room (CE-339)

Listen and learn from two young and local female entrepreneurs. Meghan Finney and Mary Southwell will share their experiences, challenges, and successes of starting and operating a business. This is a free event with a light lunch provided.


Meghan Finney
Meghan is the owner of La Quaintrelle, an online and bricks-and-mortar women's clothing retail store based in North Sydney. She is also a Partner at Escape Outdoors, a retailer of lifestyle and outdoor gear, clothing, and services. And to top it all off she is also a Yoga Instructor at Yellow Dog Studio.

Mary Southwell
Mary Southwell is an Internet Marketing Strategist from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. She operates Internet Search Media CB providing online and offline marketing solutions to business owners through various internet marketing channels and strategies that include social media, website creation, website redesign and training workshops.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Unleashing Your Inner Entrepreneur: "You're the Boss? No! I'm the Boss" – An Enactus Cape Breton Event

4:30-6:30 p.m.
The Sydney Credit Union Board Room (CE265)

In a time when jobs in the CBRM are hard to come by, participants (suggested age 18-24) will learn about choosing "Entrepreneur" as a career option.  This FREE, two hour event presented by Rivers Corbett of Relish Gourmet Burgers, is a fast-paced, interactive journey into charting your own career choice. Don't leave your future in someone else's hands.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Brilliant Labs Founders Meeting

4 – 6:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Room

Brilliant Labs is an agile, low-cost platform to accelerate the integration of active, participatory Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Math (STEAM) learning opportunities for Nova Scotian youth by engaging schools and communities. This event will bring together stakeholders to promote creative technology enhanced learning commons and workshops for youth

Saturday, November 22, 2014

“Social Storm” Global Hackathon

4:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Social Storm is an event taking place at leading universities across the world and is being sponsored by Island Sandbox.  As the only Canadian participant, Island Sandbox joins 10 other universities for the 24 hour hackathon, where business minded students, designers, and programmers with a passion to positively impact the world will come together. Participants will form teams locally and collaborate with teams from 10 international universities to research, design, and build solutions to real world issues.

For more information please visit: www.cbu.ca/gew <https://www.cbu.ca/gew>

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