Entrepreneurship Camp is Back!

You asked, and we delivered! CEED is excited to announce we will be offering our popular Entrepreneurship Summer Camp in five locations across the province this summer.

Camp gives kids in grades 4 – 7 the opportunity to learn and experience what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Campers are encouraged to generate business ideas, identify opportunities and put together a running business in just three days. Campers will “open up shop” and test the viability of their product or service by running their business for a day. Last year, with a little mentoring and guidance, our campers earned over $1,000 in profit to take home!

This year, join us in Sydney, Truro, Kentville, Halifax and Dartmouth as we help more kids than ever before experience the excitement and challenges of being a business owner.

Registration is now open and spaces are filling up fast… Don’t miss out on the chance to send your kids to an awesome camp filled with fun, creative and engaging activities to help them grow, and perhaps even make some money!

Welcome to our new website!

We have revamped our website to create a more visually appealing and user-friendly experience for our clients. Working with our skilled web partners, we’ve put a lot of thought into the change. We’ve streamlined and reorganized navigation, as well as simplified content – with the goal of helping you find what you’re looking for quickly and easily.

We’re proud of our efforts! Along with a crisp and engaging new look, it’s faster and more responsive, and formats seamlessly for whatever device you are using.

We’ve also used this opportunity to make some much needed under-the-hood improvements that will make our jobs easier, allowing us to operate our site and communicate with you more efficiently.

We hope you find it as fresh and exciting as we do!

CEED wins RBC’s Community Partner Award, presented by Futurpreneur Canada

TORONTO (May 31, 2016) At today’s Action Entrepreneurship Canadian Summit in Toronto, Futurpreneur Canada and RBC announced the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED) as the RBC Community Partner Award winner. This award recognizes one of Futurpreneur Canada’s partner organizations for making a significant impact on entrepreneurs.

Celebrating 72 Innovative Nova Scotia Businesses

72 innovative new entrepreneurs successfully graduate from intensive 40-week start-up program

Halifax, NS – This week 72 entrepreneurs of all ages and stages will celebrate their graduation from Nova Scotia’s largest Self Employment Benefits (SEB) program, which supports entrepreneurial thinking using innovative methods.

CEED’s Self Employment Benefits program is a 40 week start-up business training program that is available across the province of Nova Scotia to individuals who are driven by a personal passion to own their own business and be a great contributor to our economy right here at home.  In urban HRM, CEED delivers the SEB program to over 90 clients per year. CEED hosts two SEB graduations a year and the demand for the program has seen an increase of 20% in 2014.

Airport Authority and CEED Support Local Entrepreneurs with Innovative Business Experience at Halifax Stanfield International Airport

Halifax, N.S. – The Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) and the Center for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED) have teamed up on an innovative pilot project that is one of the first of its kind in Canadian Airports.  This initiative is providing entrepreneurs with a unique learning opportunity to reach a wide range of consumers and gain insight into market demand for their product or service.

From local wines to handmade crafts, this project welcomes entrepreneurs to rent business space at the CEED kiosk, located in the arrivals area of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

Youth Art Connection partners with CEED to launch ArtPreneurs 2.0

June 5, 2014, Halifax, NS – The Youth Art Connection (YAC) has teamed up with the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED) to launch ArtPreneur 2.0. This program brings together 15 diverse youth from the Halifax Regional Municipality to participate in a business incubation program, where youth will learn to apply business skills to their creative talents.  The participants will have an opportunity to present their product or service to relevant markets throughout the program and at four ‘ArtCeleration’ events which will take place across Nova Scotia.

Eastern Canada’s First Social Enterprise Accelerator Launches Six New Businesses

Eastern Canada’s first Social Enterprise Accelerator program gathered a cohort of individuals and organizations from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in the early stages of launching a new social enterprise and provided them with mentorship, expertise and investor exposure as part of a six-month program that started in January 2014.  Participants in the new B4Change Social Enterprise Accelerator celebrated their graduation at a Demo Day in Fredericton, New Brunswick, earlier this week.

B4Change participants participated in training sessions offered by leaders such as Lisa Hrabluk who is a writer, entrepreneur and founder of Wicked Ideas. Mentor matches were created with seasoned business professionals including Marcel LeBrun, senior vice president for Salesforce Radian 6.

The Pond-Deshpande Centre in New Brunswick bridges the gap between challenges facing social entrepreneurs — lack of funding resources, lack of connections, lack of support network — and the creation of sustainable, scalable social enterprise. “We are very pleased to welcome Nova Scotia-based CEED (Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development) on board as our collaborative sponsor for social enterprises,” says Karina LeBlanc, Executive Director at the Pond-Deshpande Centre.

“The B4Change program is a great example of like-minded organizations working across geographic boundaries to support entrepreneurs who are passionate about building profitable businesses that will ultimately change the world. We like to call it “the business of good,” says Heather Spidell, President and CEO at CEED.

CEED, with support from the Province of Nova Scotia’s Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism sponsored two social enterprises from Halifax, Nova Scotia to participate in the B4Change cohort.

Fadi Al Qassar, Uganda Venture
Uganda Venture is an Atlantic Canadian social enterprise working in rural Uganda to bring individuals, families and communities out of poverty. They build safe schools, support orphans in Uganda and provide entrepreneurs with business ideas with access to capital through a micro-credit loan. For more information: www.ugandaventure.com

Kristy O’Leary, Scout & Burrow
Scout & Burrow is a full service advertising agency with the unique mission to Market What Matters. They help their clients communicate and create profitable social impact. Scout & Burrow recently become a certified Benefit Corporation. For more information: www.scoutandburrow.ca

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Karina LeBlanc, Pond-Deshpande Centre
Phone: 1.506.451.6923 | www.ponddeshpande.ca

Caitlin Jarvie, CEED
Phone: 1.902.401.6699 | www.ceed.ca

“I think B4Change was a pivotal experience for me and for Uganda Venture because we were connected with other socially minded entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada, received mentorship and training and had many opportunities to meet successful people in the space to get drive and inspiration. So glad we did it this year and if I could go back would it all over again!” Fadi Al Qassar, Uganda Venture

“As someone without a business background the B4Change Accelerator provided me with the resources and connections to help drive my initiative forward with confidence.” Philip LeBlanc



CCSBE 2014 Conference in Antigonish!

Halifax, N.S. – Entrepreneurs are among the happiest people in the world according to a 2013 global entrepreneurship report.  That’s just one of more than 40 small business topics to be revealed and discussed at a national three- day conference coming to Antigonish, N.S.  May 22 – 24, 2014.