about us

The Island Sandbox borrows from a time when we first learned to use grains of sand to create a world of possibilities fed solely by our imagination. In that sandbox from our childhood, we learned to collaborate with our peers and to learn through play.

At the Island Sandbox, we bring students together with our communities’ entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, and academia to create an environment where imagination and innovation can flourish. It is a place to experiment and to see the world through the eyes of an entrepreneur.

The Island Sandbox is a collaboration between Cape Breton University and the Nova Scotia Community College to serve as a collision space for ideas and innovation. Our primary focus is to help students explore problems/opportunities in the three key areas listed below. However, we are here to assist the community in any way we can to help move Cape Breton forward.


Clean Technology – Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment spearheads Clean Technology Entrepreneurship

New Canadian Entrepreneurship – International Students, Tailored Programs & Support for New Canadians, Building Diverse Communities

Social Entrepreneurship – Sustainable Communities, Cape Breton Culture & Heritage, Social Innovation & Research

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