Starting Point Student Entrepreneurship Conference

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FEBRUARY 18-20, 2020

Starting Point Student Entrepreneurship Conference brings together entrepreneurial students from high schools and post-secondary institutions from across Atlantic Canada to hear from amazing speakers, learn from experts in their field, and earn money for their business.

Starting Point is gearing up for it’s 6th annual conference. Since 2015, the conference has hosted 840 student entrepreneurs from across 6 provinces.

This year we are changing the format of Starting Point to what we’re calling Starting Point 2.0, while offering the same great content to high school and post-secondary students.


Starting Point 2020 will follow a boot camp style format that will feature master
classes, an ideation tournament and March Madness style pitch competition that
will take students from idea to implementation throughout the the three days of the
conference. Conference proceedings outline will focus on helping students realize their
vision and help them bring it to fruition through actionable advice and inspiration.


Conference Fees

This year, to show our support for student entrepreneurs, Starting Point 2020 will be free of charge for all participating attendees.

Hotel Rates

Those attending the conference can take advantage of our preferred rates at the Atlantica Hotel Halifax of $109/night at double occupancy. Upon booking, simply mention you are attending Starting Point Student Entrepreneurship Conference and the rate will be applied.

Click here to book with Atlantica Hotel Halifax


Organizing Committee

Yifei Li

Project Manager, Skill Development & Training Division

Yifei graduated with a Mater of Management from Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris, majoring in Project Management. Yifei has been working at the Saint Mary’s Entrepreneurship Centre since September 2017. She has worked on many projects including community engagement programs towards newcomers when she worked at Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. She has been working planning entrepreneurial focused programs for both post-secondary students and entrepreneurial academia.

For more information on the Starting Point Student Entrepreneurship Conference, event photos and general inquiries, please contact:

Kaitlyn Touesnard

Crescendo Events, Event Planner

Kaitlyn is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Entrepreneurship, minoring in Psychology with Human Resource certification. Kaitlyn brings entrepreneurial and leadership experience to the table gained through leading the Saint Mary’s Enactus team of over 60 students to create community outreach projects. From 2009 to 2013 she has held the positions of Fundraising Co-ordinator, Vice President of Public Relations, Vice President Social, Project Manager of OPtions, as well as the position of Co-President. For her achievements with the team, she received the 2012 HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow award for Atlantic Canada. Kaitlyn has since created her own business, Crescendo Events. 

Register Today

To register for 2020 Starting Point Student Entrepreneurship Conference, click the registration link below:

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