2019 Event Summary

The 2019 '100 Entrepreneurs Planting Seed$' youth pitch competition was a great success.

Three finalists pitched their business to a room of business owners, senior leaders, youth/entrepreneur support organizations and youth spectators at Saint Mary's University. We heard from our 2018 winner Hannah Chisholm from Eggcitables, whose vegan alternative to egg product is available in over 55 retail locations throughout Atlantic Canada and Ontario. We also heard from Cat Adalay, from Aurea Technologies who is currently pre-selling her Shine micro turbine and raising a $250,000 seed round.

All three finalists presented a compelling business case, and ultimately one winner brought home $20,000 in cash and in-kind services to move their business forward.
Breakdown of prize:
  • $10,000 in cash
  • $10,000 in-kind services that include:
    • Accounting: Harding and Associates
    • Marketing and Branding: Revolve
    • Strategy/Leadership: Judi Richardson from Friction Point
    • 1 year Membership: Halifax Chamber of Commerce
    • Export Training and Support: Nova Scotia Business Inc.
    • Leather Agenda: Dormie Workshop
    • Meeting with CEED CEO Craig MacMullin
    • Breakfast or Lunch with Gerry Pond

All Finalists received: 

  • Pitch Preparation and Coaching: Lauren Sears from Common Good Solutions
  • Educational Workshop: CEED
  • Marketing and Branding Consultation: Sandra Goodwin from Nava Marketing

Congratulations to Thian Carman from Meadows' Brother's Farm!

Thian will using the cash and services to grow his four season farming business in Digby! This money will help him buy a hay baler, which will double his production capacity.