(HALIFAX) 19 March 2018: In partnership with the Supportive Housing for Young Mothers program, students from the Nova Scotia Community College, Ivany campus launched a social business that empowers young, single mothers with sewing skills to upcycle used clothing to create bibs. Participants also benefit from lessons on business planning, financial management and entrepreneurship.

Students from Memorial University of Newfoundland are employing at-risk youth to create a healthy, edible cookie dough for kids. For every SmartCookie sold, a breakfast is donated to a child in need.

These two Enactus teams have been named 2018 TD Entrepreneurship Challenge Regional Champions by Canada’s largest experiential learning platform, Enactus Canada, and program supporter TD Bank Group.

“Entrepreneurship plays an essential role in the long-term economic success and sustainability of our country,” said Nicole Almond, President of Enactus Canada. “This challenge helps us promote entrepreneurial growth across Canada.”

Through NSCC – Ivany’s Project Mend, 10 single mothers aged 15-24 have been positively impacted.

New this year, Memorial’s SmartCookie has employed two at-risk youth, has secured interest from six retailers and all profits have been reinvested into school breakfast programs.

The TD Entrepreneurship Challenge is a national competition empowering post-secondary students to develop and deliver projects that teach entrepreneurial skills to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. Since 2007, 14,996 students have delivered over 2,000 entrepreneurship projects, exposing 105,869 people to entrepreneurship as a viable career path.

Student teams demonstrated the impact of their entrepreneurial projects to panels of business executives on March 16 in Halifax as part of the Enactus Canada Regional Exposition – Atlantic Canada.

Enactus NSCC Ivany and Enactus Memorial will now move on to the national level of competition taking place May 14-16 at the 2018 Enactus Canada National Exposition in Toronto.


ABOUT ENACTUS CANADA: Enactus Canada, a national charity and the country’s largest post-secondary experiential learning platform, is shaping entrepreneurial leaders who are passionate about advancing the economic, social and environmental health of Canada. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, more than 3,300 post-secondary students led 275 community empowerment projects and business ventures last year in communities coast to coast, positively impacting over 26,000 lives.

As a global network of 36 countries, Enactus uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. For more information, visit enactus.ca.

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