Launch: Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship


Dalhousie’s flagship entrepreneurship program is the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship. The NNCE fosters an experiential learning environment for students from all faculties interested in entrepreneurship and business creation.

NNCE 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 Ready2Launch Accelerator.  Located in Dalhousie’s Killam Library, the Collider is an physical hub for the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Launch 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 Launch 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.

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.

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