Welcome to Enterprise Saint John’s Navigator!

We offer four (4) distinct programs that encompass a range of services to guide entrepreneurs to success in the Saint John region and broader ecosystem.

Navigator Program Descriptions:

Venture Validation Program:

The Venture Validation Program is a 13-week strategic business course. This applied learning program is built to move emerging entrepreneurs from ideas to opportunities. The program is run three times a year in the Spring, Fall, and Winter. The course has room for 12 participants per cohort. The course material uses a combination of workshops, one-on-one mentoring, and pitch nights to guide participants through creating value propositions, identifying customers and competition, identifying startup and operation costs, defining the market opportunity, and creating a business model. This course has a competitive flavour to it and participants are held accountable for weekly deliverables. The program is industry agnostic and is a great place for any entrepreneur to move from idea to execution.

Check out our video on the program here.

For more information or a detailed program outline reach out to Dakota@enterprisesj.com

Incubator Program:

The ESJ Navigator Incubator is built to support the development of technology startups. The incubator provides startups with a membership to ConnexionWorks, a local co-working space. In addition to workspace, companies are provided weekly mentoring sessions from our Entrepreneur-in-Residence, access to our mentor network, workshops, and networking opportunities. Startups 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.

For more information reach out to Dakota@enterprisesj.com

Kickstart Your Business:

Kickstart your business is a 12-week business networking and skills program. The course is offered once a year for 10 – 15 new business owners. The program curriculum is delivered by local experts at ConnexionWorks, a local co- working space. The course includes a robust financial boot camp and key primer courses in sales, marketing, social media, and business pitching. The course has a registration fee of $350 (taxes included).

For more information, reach out to Mbreen@enterprisesj.com

Impact Loan:

The Impact Loan, formerly known as the SEED loan, is a loan fund for the development business in the urban Saint John area. The fund will permit entrepreneurs to apply for a loan of up to $20,000 on a 5-year term. The loan is offered at the interest rate of 2% + prime and is interest-free for 12 months. In addition to the capital, the program also offers free business management skills training for successful applicants. Any entrepreneur in the Urban Saint John area starting a business is eligible. Entrepreneurs under the age of 35 are eligible to apply for business expansion funding. Anyone over the age of 35, can use the loan for start-up businesses, only. A Seed Loan Review Meeting is held in the morning of the final Wednesday of every month. Applications must be submitted five business days prior to the Seed Loan Review Meeting. Anyone living outside the urban Saint John area can contact the Community Business Development Corporations (CBDC) for similar funding programs.

For more information reach out to Dakota@enterprisesj.com

learn more about other programs here.