Starting Point Conference

Starting Point brings together student entrepreneurs to learn from experts, hear from amazing speakers and win money for their businesses! The conference is taking place on February 19 – 21, 2019.

Funder Speed Dating

More than 30 students from all faculties participated in the Funder Speed Dating pitch competition.  Each student delivered a one-minute pitch to five different judges. The top three ideas were awarded cash prizes of $2,000, $1000, and $750.

Holiday Pitch Competition

Twelve students competed in the Spark Zone Holiday Pitch Competition on December 4. The Spark Zone awarded $1,500 between the top three winners to put towards their business ideas.

Innovation Assessment

To help our clients understand how to embed innovation in every layer of their businesses, we’ve created an Innovation Assessment.

We’ve taken what we know about working with innovative companies and put together three separate innovation assessment scales so you know where your company is doing well, and where it might improve.


The Runway provides local businesses the opportunity to promote and grow their enterprises through product sales and new product testing activities at the airport.

Entrepreneurship Centre

We take a multidisciplinary approach to creating an entrepreneurial mindset. Supporting student idea development while leading business growth and innovation through coaching, consulting, and training.

We believe in entrepreneurship for everyone!

For 25 years, we’ve been fostering creativity, innovation, and disruption

The  Saint Mary’s University Entrepreneurship Centre (SMUEC) is a leading provider of university-based business support services in Atlantic Canada. Over the past 25 years, the SMUEC has worked to enhance our community’s prosperity by helping business and student leaders reach their entrepreneurial potential.

Recognized regionally, nationally and globally for our programming, the SMUEC supports leaders through consulting, training, promoting entrepreneurship and cultivating community connections.

Saint Mary’s University Entrepreneurship Centre


960 Tower Road

9:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

9:00am – 5:00pm (regular)

For Students

Tools and Resources

If you are interested in hands-on learning, starting a business, or participating in your community, we have the resources to help you get started

Events and Opportunities

The SMUEC hosts many events thoughout the year. From conferences, hack-a-thons, networking events, and everything in-between, there are opportunites to improve your skills or meet new people

For Business


What does your business need? Our business consulting team provides comprehensive advice and strategies to help you start or grow a business

Tools for Business

Starting or growing a business? Find useful tools and resources to help your business succeed

Funding and Employment

Learn how our employment programs offer assistance to new graduates, employers and more

Growth Matters

Growth Matters is a new coaching program offered by the SMUEC. We are offering coaching packages to select companies with growth potential to help them make decisions around how to approach new opportunities or deal with nagging problems.

Our coaches use a custom assessment, and coaching tools from Growth Wheel International, to move your business forward.

The Options Youth Program is an employment wage subsidy program, facilitated by the Saint Mary’s University Entrepreneurship Centre and funded by Service Canada. We provide a significant wage subsidy to employers to assist their hiring of priority youth in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

The objectives of Options Youth are to help employers cover the cost of training while helping priority youth (age 15-30) overcome multiple barriers to employment, and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to make a successful transition to the labour market or return to school.

Upcoming Events

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19febAll Day21FeaturedStarting Point Conference(All Day) Event Type :Conference,Networking Event,WorkshopEvent Type 2:SMUEC Event

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