The Spark Zone

Ignition Program

This is a program that offers workshops, seminars, roundtables, mentorship and so much more to students across Nova Scotia. Students work together to build business ideas create connections and receive honorariums for their hard work


  • Must be attending University/College in NS to receive Honorarium
  • Registration will always be open. You may attend events at any time.
  • Start date: January 18, 2021
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The Spark Zone, a NS Sandbox located at Saint Mary’s University, offers resources for students exploring new ideas, launching entrepreneurial ventures, and developing social innovations. Our team provides students opportunities to develop their entrepreneurial side, hosting events throughout the year at which students connect with like-minded peers, potential mentors and industry experts. In addition to speakers, Master Classes and competitions, students can receive advice from professional consultants before their next big client meeting.

What We Offer

Gateway to Entrepreneurship

Connect with mentors, industry leaders, and students from other schools as you engage with the region’s entrepreneurship ecosystem

Events and Competitions

Develop your network and your skills as you develop innovative solutions to the world’s biggest challenges


Coaching and Consulting

Meet our team and get the help you need to move your ideas from concept to reality

Partner Institutions

The Spark Zone brings together students and community members to create, develop and ultimately launch business ideas and social innovations.  Partners at Saint Mary’s UniversityNSCAD UniversityMount Saint Vincent UniversityNova Scotia Community CollegeUniversity of King’s College, and the Atlantic School of Theology provide opportunities for people to connect and then nurture those connections as ideas become reality.

About Us

Our team is dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship across our six partner institutions, helping students reach their full potential by aiding in the development of their ideas. Our team members are excited to assist the bright minds of today as they work on tomorrow’s big innovations!


Tune in to podcasts hosted by The Spark Zone

#01 Which word comes first to mind when thinking of Entrepreneurship


Join the spark zone team in this week’s podcast with the 2020 entrepreneur of the year award winner Nevell Provo as they discuss student entrepreneurship in Nova Scotia.

Host and guests & Business :

Andrea Ondo & Knowledge 4 Students “K4S”  / @andreaberry_   @knowledge4students

Nevell Provo  & Smooth Meal Prep, R&B Kitchen  / @vellsmooth @smoothmealprep

Vimbayi Handara &  HairPlay /  @hair__playy   @smuec.ca

Jason Turner & The Spark zone  / jason.turner@smu.ca @thesparkzone


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