Helping our young people and newcomers see entrepreneurship as a career option opens up a world of possibility here at home.

Youth retention

Our Emerging Entrepreneurs Program has been inspiring young people since 2002 to stay and explore opportunities at home.  We work with high school teachers and students across the region to create entrepreneurial programming that is focused on problem solving and innovation, as well as highlighting the possibilities associated with starting and running a business. In 2017, a high school accelerator was created as a pilot project in partnership with the Anglophone South School District.  In 2018, it was re-branded as the IDEA Centre, which stands for Innovation, Development, Entrepreneurship and Action.  Students take an intense, accelerated program over a semester to develop, market and create a business service or product or idea. Through a partnership with Brilliant Labs students can now also have access to a maker space filled with technology such as a 3D printer, virtual robot, a soldering kit, heat press, game development, video editing, and green screen studio. This means they can take a business concept or idea to a whole new level.  Follow what the kids are up to on the IDEA Centre  Facebook Page   or its  YouTube channel.

We have also held day-long competitions where students are given an object and must come up with a business product and pitch that’s given to educators, business mentors and their peers. Take a look at the video below.

Talk to us: Michele Lodge

Newcomer retention and business start-up help

The Business Immigrant Mentorship Program (BIMP) is located in Saint John and administered by ConnexionWorks. If you’re a new immigrant interested in starting a business and need assistance, this program provides business training and mentorship.

You can join if you have moved to Canada under any of the following criteria:

  • International student
  • Permanent resident
  • Provincial nominee
  • Independent
  • Family class
  • Individuals with work permit
  • Refugees
  • Temporary foreign workers

Talk to our community partner at BIMP: Matt George, Program Manager, or call 1-506-694-3020.