We’ve got the expertise to help you develop a business plan, access finance in the form of business-friendly loans, connect with advisors and mentors, and get crucial, early-stage advice.


Talk to us: Dakota Lutes

Welcome to Enterprise Saint John’s Navigator!

Our Navigator program, including four learning components designed to ensure entrepreneurs have the best shot at success. We offer four distinct programs that encompass a range of services to guide entrepreneurs to success in the Saint John region and broader ecosystem.

Enterprise Saint John Discovery Sessions

The Enterprise Saint John Discovery Session is designed for anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit, who wants to learn more about ESJ’s entrepreneurial services. Come on in and tell us about your business idea! Our Entrepreneur Development Coordinator will help you choose the best course for your needs.

Where: ConnexionWorks, 3rd floor, 1 Germain Street, Saint John
Frequency: Thursdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (by appointment)
Prerequisite(s): none
Length: 30 minutes
Cost: none
To register: Dakota Lutes

Navigator 1: Vennture Validation

Vennture Validation is an applied learning course, built to move emerging entrepreneurs from idea to launch. The course uses a combination of workshops, one-on-one mentoring and pitch nights to hone skills and build a competitive yet collaborative group. Participants are held accountable for weekly deliverables.

You will learn how to:
– create a value proposition,
– identify your customers and competition,
– clarify startup and operation costs,
– define the market opportunity, and
– create a business model.

Class size: 12
Length: 13 weeks
Frequency: 3 times annually (Spring, Fall, and Winter)
Prerequisite(s): none
Cost: TBD
To register: Dakota Lutes

Navigator 2: Incubator (Mentorship)

Incubator is a mentorship program built to support early-stage technology startups.  Companies that are developing and commercializing technology, seeking their first round of financing and/or conducting proof of concept projects are ideal candidates. Participants are expected to fill out monthly progress reports and stay on pace for achieving objectives set with Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

You will receive:
– a membership a ConnexionWorks – a Saint John-based co-working space,
– weekly mentoring sessions from our Entrepreneur-in-Residence,
– access to our mentor network,
– workshops, and
– networking opportunities.

To register: Dakota Lutes

Navigator 3: Kickstart Your Business

Kickstart your Business is a business networking and skills development course led by local experts, and designed specifically for new business owners.

You will learn about:
– business finance,
– sales,
– marketing,
– social media, and
– pitching.

Where: ConnexionWorks, 3rd floor, 1 Germain Street, Saint John
Class size: 15 max
Length: 8 weeks
Frequency: once per year
Prerequisite(s): none
Cost: $350 (taxes included)
To register: Mark Breen

Navigator 4: Impact Loan

The Impact Loan, formerly known as the SEED loan, is a loan fund for the development of business in the urban Saint John area. In addition to capital, the program also offers free business management skills training for successful applicants.

An Impact Loan Review Meeting is held in the morning of the final Wednesday of every month. To be considered, fill out this application . It must be submitted nine (9) business days prior to the meeting.

Eligibility: Entrepreneurs living in the Saint John area, who are starting a business. If you live outside the urban Saint John area, you may contact your local Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) for similar funding programs.

Amount: Up to $25,000
5-year term at 2% + prime, interest free for 12 months.
For more information: Dakota Lutes

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