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100 Entrepreneurs: PLANTING SEED$

Allyson England & Stefanie MacDonald

Monday, 28 November 2016 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (AST)

100 Entrepreneurs: PLANTING SEED$

Ticket Information

Type Remaining End Quantity
Entrepreneur/Business Leader
This ticket type requires you to bring a cheque for $100 to micro-fund the awarded business venture (which you will vote on at the event).
2 Tickets Ended Free  
Applicant Or Finalist (Age 24 or under)   more info Sold Out Ended Free  
Youth Spectator (Age 24 or under)   more info 3 Tickets Ended Free  
Youth Organization Representative   more info Sold Out Ended Free  

Event Details

Thank you to our event sponsors; McInnes Cooper, Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette,

Meridia Recruitment,  Cushman & Wakefield Atlantic, Southwest Properties, Ernst & Young & BDC

for making our event possible!

What is it?

An event for young entrepreneurs to start or grow an existing business venture in Nova Scotia; by earning micro-funding from a room of 100 Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders who are all willing to write a cheque for at least $100.


We want to give young entrepreneurs a chance to grow a viable business in Nova Scotia. We feel that this opportunity will serve both as a forum for micro-funding great ideas, but also as a way to educate and encourage young Nova Scotians to roll up their sleeves and TRY.

What's In It for Me?

In addition to blazing a trail for young entrepreneurs, we believe that tangible business opportunities will come out of this event for our 100 Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders. In addition to networking with other leaders in the room, you'll also have a chance to earn new business from our finalists. We believe that is a powerful opportunity for local business owners.

How Does The Event Work?

  • 100 Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders come to the event with a blank $100 cheque
  • 3 Youth Venture Finalists pitch their business ventures (in 8 minutes or less)
  • 100 Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders vote, and then write their micro-investment cheque to the winner

Who Can Come?

  • We are inviting 100 Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders to micro-fund a business venture
  • We are inviting up to 30 Applicants & Finalists (free to attend)
  • We are inviting up to 20 Student Spectators (free to attend)
  • We are also inviting 15 Youth Organization Representatives (free to attend) 
  • We believe this mix will encourage outreach, education, mentorship & venture capital opportunities

How Will My Money Be Handled & Spent?

  • Cheques are payable to the winning registered business name, or founder(s) if a business name has not yet been registered
  • We realize there is a bit of risk involved - as we as Entrepreneurs know. We are asking you to take a calculated chance on our vetted finalists. We believe that by taking a chance on qualified young entrepreneurs that are committed, driven, connected and practiced, we are investing in the next generation of business leaders in Nova Scotia - in a meaningful tangible way.



By November 10, 2016:

  1. Be age 24 or under & be a resident of Nova Scotia
  2. Submit either a pitch deck, a plan, or a presentation that includes: what your product or service is, who your targeted or current customers are, how you market your product or service to attract customers, who your competitors are, and a clear budget that allocates how the awarded $10,000 will be spent
  3. Clearly illustrate why you are passionate about your business venture
  4. Clearly outline the value you will create for the province through social, economic and/or environmental impacts
  5. Submit a letter signed by all team members, committing to spending the awarded investment on the venture presented, and committing to adhering to all CRA tax regulations
  6. All submissions must be emailed to no later than November 10th, 2016 in order to be considered for this opportunity
  7. If you would like to be connected to a mentor to help practice and refine your pitch, we will match you with one
  8. If you live outside of Halifax and cannot afford to travel to the city, please let us know and we will ask a local business to sponsor your travel to and from the event

By November 17th, 2016:

A panel of  judges will select the 3 finalists to pitch their ideas at our event.

The Panel Judges Selecting Our 3 Finalists Are:

  1. Andrew Nahas, Co-Owner of King of Donair | Lawyer, McInnes Cooper | Board Member, Canadian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce
  2. Darren Nantes, Owner of The Nantes Group of Companies
  3. Melody Pardoe, COO of Volta
  4. Ross Simmonds, Owner of Hustle & Grind Co | Foundation Marketing |
  5. Dawn Umlah, COO at Springloaded Technologies
  6. David Thompson, Owner of Weedman Maritimes
  7. Alex Gillis, Owner of Bitness | Loran Scholar
  8. Lisa Haydon, Market Executive at Ernst & Young
  9. Akram Al Otumi | Owner & RBC Top 25 Immigrants in Canada Award Recipient
  10. Level Chan, Partner, Stewart McKelvey | Board Director, Halifax Chamber of Commerce
  11. Patti Ryan, President of Health QR

Finalists Will be Selected Based (on a 1-10 Scale) on the Following Criteria:

  1. Viability of the business venture
  2. Company's vision and mission
  3. Demonstrated passion and reason(s) WHY the entrepreneurs want to pursue the opportunity
  4. Scalability of the business venture
  5. Marketability of the business venture 
  6. Plan and budgeted allocation of awarded investment
  7. Demonstrated value creation through social, economic and/or environmental impacts on Nova Scotia
  8. Team experience and education as it relates to the venture and team's ability to implement the plan
  9. Partnerships that have been created that will help support the venture

On Monday, November 28th, 2016 (4 PM - 6 PM):

  1. Pitch your business venture in 8 minutes or less
  2. 100 Entrepreneurs will then vote & will write their cheques to the winner
  3. Network with a room full of creative business leaders that want to see you succeed!
  4. Live happily ever after

***Please connect with us on Twitter: @100seedsNS. The hashtag for this event is #100seedsNS***

Note: Youth Organization Representatives from last year's event included: Futurpreneur, Pathways to Education: Spryfield, Catapult Leadership Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Junior Achievement, CEED, Techsploration, 21 Inc., Fusion Halifax, 100 Startups, & The Halifax Partnership Connector Program.

Have questions about 100 Entrepreneurs: PLANTING SEED$? Contact Allyson England & Stefanie MacDonald

When & Where

The Halifax Central Public Library
Spring Garden Road
The Paul O'Regan Hall
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Monday, 28 November 2016 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (AST)

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