Dalhousie’s flagship entrepreneurship program LaunchDal is led by the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship. LaunchDal fosters an experiential learning environment for students from all faculties interested in entrepreneurship and business creation.
LaunchDal initiatives are rooted in the “lean start-up” model and range from cutting edge cross-faculty classes such as “Starting Lean” to extracurricular activities such as Startup Weekends, Launch and Learns, entrepreneurship training for researchers, business-model competitions and Dal’s very own eight-week start-up accelerator, the LaunchPad Accelerator. Located in Dalhousie’s Killam Library, the Collider is an physical hub for Launch Dal, a major entrepreneurial programming initiative run by Dal’s Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship.
StartUp Weekends: These are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups. Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers at Startup Weekends. Teams are created around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
Collide: The Collide program is designed to help launch high potential early stage ventures. This program offers a combination of up to $5,000 in non-dilutive funding, workshops, pitching and networking events.
$100K Competition: LaunchDal’s $100K Competition brings together students and researchers to launch their talent, ideas, and technology into leading companies. Ten outstanding finalists receive a $10K prize and entry into Dal’s on-campus Launchpad Accelerator – as part of the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship’s (NNCE’s) Launch Dal programming.
Canada’s Business Model Competition: Canada’s Business Model Competition (CBMC)is Canada’s official national qualifier competitions for the International Business Model Competition (IBMC). The CBMC draws students, entrepreneurs and innovators from across Canada. The CBMC helps students: (a) break down their idea into the key business model hypotheses; (b) get outside the building and testing their assumptions with customers; (b) apply Customer Development / Lean Startup principles to make sure they nail the solution, and (d) learn to pivot (or change) until they have a customer-validated business model.
University Innovation Fellows: LaunchDal offers the University Innovation Fellows (UIF) program empowers students to become leaders of change in higher education. Fellows are creating a movement to ensure that all students gain the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge to compete in the economy of the future. The program is linked to Stanford University, and includes an annual trip to Silicon Valley, with events at Stanford as well as companies such as Google, Microsoft, SAP and more. Run by Epicenter is an organization funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and student startup network VentureWell — the UIF program empowers students to become “agents of change” and champions of entrepreneurship at their universities and colleges. Dalhousie is the first international pilot for UIF.
Faculty Fellows: The Faculty Fellows are faculty members who are interested in integrating an entrepreneurial mindset and related concepts, tools and frameworks into their home discipline; particularly into their research, teaching or outreach activities.
POE: A program of Prince’s Charities Canada (PCC), Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (POE) delivers education, training, tools and resources to budding entrepreneurs through our education partners, program alumni and established entrepreneurs in communities across Canada. Currently there are 4, one week long, summer institutes are held in Canada, including one at Dalhousie (Launch Dal).
Launch Oceans: Launch Dal established the Launch Oceans program to accelerate oceans related ventures.
Learn more: Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship