WELCOME

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Todd Graham, Island Sandbox Coordinator.

The Island Sandbox is a member of the Nova Scotia Sandbox community. We provide space for various student groups from Cape Breton University and NSCC Marconi Campus to experiment with new technologies, entrepreneurial ideas and access business mentors and other support. We deliver unique hands-on programming and workshops to assist in professional and personal development. On behalf of myself and the staff of the Island Sandbox, I invite you to join us.

WINTER SESSIONS

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CBU Coders Society at Cape Breton University

Are you interested in computer programming? Take part in beginner or advanced computer coding sessions and develop in demand technology skills.

2-Day Startup Event March 23-24

Do you have a great idea for a new business? Join us for this weekend workshop and develop your business idea into a business plan. Learn about forecasting, prototyping, cash flow development, and more. Attendies can take part in $500 in award bonuses to help develop their business idea. Lunch provided. Register online today!

HEALTH INNOVATION 2024

Do you have a great idea for an innovation in the Health Industry? Students will have the opportunity to bring an innovative health related business idea forward for a chance to win prize money totaling $5000.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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The Arena Pitch Competition (formally March Madness) showcases post-secondary student pitchers throughout the month of March. Modelled after the NCAA March Madness basketball competition, 64 student entrepreneurs from across Canada will be selected to compete head-to-head in brackets as they strive to eventually be declared the best in the country.

Coming this spring (Date TBA). Get you team prepared for this ideation and prototype developing weekend event. Develop your best hack and solve a business, social or personal problem. Design, prototype and present your project to our team of entrepreneur veterans and win fabulous cash! Open to both digital and analog solutions.

CURRENT PROJECTS

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Nova Nourishment is a special project of the Island Sandbox offering our team members  the opportunity to learn new skills, test ideas, and make differences in the lives of students in our province. We will be studying the causes and impact of this issue among the student body and ideating and prototyping solutions that will have an impact in our community.

The CBU Design Cube provides an opportunity for students to be introduced to several of the modern creative technologies used in industry around the world. Our Design Cube features laser cutting, 3D modelling, printing and robotics technology which allows students to have a hands on introduction to these future technologies. The cube is mobile and will be featured around the university, staffed by student guides and facilitators.

PAST PROJECTS

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Are you an international student thinking about owning your own business? Review the live stream of our June workshop and learn about opportunities for investing in an established business. Learn how managing and buying an established business affects your PR application, and talk about the legal and financial issues involved in succession and investment.

Are you interested in learning more about the options available to you for funding or financing you startup or small business venture? Join us and our guest panel on Monday, October 23 to learn about financing and funding small business and startup ventures.

RESOURCES

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Grow Now is a 100% virtual incubator specifically designed for women-led technology companies based in Canada.

Work placements are a win-win for employers and students. Through the Student Work Placement program, employers can apply for wage subsidies to help them hire post-secondary students across Canada

The Changing Perspectives Self-Assessment platform is a free tool that allows you to easily review and assess your technical skills while also exploring the top 5 high-demand IT roles across the tech sector in Nova Scotia.

OUR AWARDEES

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STAY CONNECTED

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1250 Grand Lake Road, Sydney, NS. B1P 6L2

902-565-9004

todd_graham@cbu.ca

Mon. - Fri. 9:00 - 3:00

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