The Island Sandbox is a collaboration between Cape Breton University and the Nova Scotia Community College and is a collision space for ideas and innovation. Our primary focus is to help students launch businesses in the three key areas listed below. However, we are here to assist the community in any way we can.
Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment spearheads Clean Technology Entrepreneurship
International Students, Tailored Programs & Support for New Canadians, Building Diverse Communities
Sustainable Communities, Cape Breton Culture & Heritage, Social Innovation & Research
Coach and help you identify opportunies and inspiration.
Guidance through validation techniques to ensure you are on the right path.
Lay the foundation for success and prepare you to launch your idea.
Initial funding to help explore your idea and test some of your assumptions.
This funding can help explore different validation techniques for your idea.
Now that you have explored and tested your idea, it is time to launch.
Stay tuned for some fun insights on the greater Island Sandbox community, below are a few to hold you over.
“The Cabot Links pitch session was a great opportunity to take advantage of meeting people that are just passing through. I have already received an email from one of the individuals I pitched offering to make some connections for me when I am back in London in November.”
Darren Gallop CEO-Marcato Digital Solutions
“MentorCamp was a unique and hugely valuable experience for me—a whirlwind of good advice. Over the course of the day, I had the opportunity to go deep on highly specific issues that our company was facing, with the help of mentors whose accumulated experience and expertise made a significant impact on our strategy. It was a day filled with new ideas, hard truths, and learning on all fronts."
Alex Kall CEO-ReadyPass
“I found the Economic Development Symposium to be very thought-provoking and have found myself referring back to it in conversations in Arkansas. There are a lot of similarities between Arkansas and Atlantic Canada, and I think it is terrific for us to share best practices with each other.”
Dr. Carol Reeves Associate Vice-Provost for Entrepreneurship, University of Arkansas
"Attending the afternoon mentor meet-up with a professional marketing mentor gave me invaluable insight from both the client and the founder perspective. Her advice was sound and backed up by experience and useful insider tips that have already helped us. It was great to see the mentors passionate about sharing their experience and advice one-on-one with our local startup community."
Danielle Patterson CEO-Docmaster