To address the high-level objective of growing the number of sustainable businesses in Nova Scotia, Cultiv8 is responding to the needs and demands of the market by helping students develop skills in those competencies most needed (by employers and as entrepreneurs) in the 21st century workforce: communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical-thinking/problem-solving.
Here is a sample of extracurricular programs offered at Cultiv8:
DalBox LEAP - The Leadership Experience Access Program is a full-year experiential learning opportunity for students looking to build their leadership skills. Students selected for the LEAP program will build and lead teams (of up to 5 people) to compete in the national Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) competition.
DalBox Access - a full-year program being offered to support Universities Canada’s IDeA Accessibility Challenge (https://bit.ly/2OZ6LSu). Following Human Centred Design Thinking and embracing Social Innovation, this Access will involve the recruitment, support, and mentoring of multidisciplinary student teams toward the development of solutions for persons with disabilities.
We also offer several external collaborative programs in conjunction with our partners:
● Collaboration with Lethbridge College and McGill Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences toward the second annual National Agricultural Event wherein inspiration, ideation, and innovation will be showcased and explored across faculties and disciplines (Tentative, November 2021; Lethbridge).
● Collaboration with TCPEP (Truro and Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity) to develop an on-campus screen-printing shop - students will participate in the creation of a startup business, whose customer base will be contained to Dalhousie (sports teams, clubs, etc) so as not to be seen as competing with local small businesses. Once startup is complete the business will be run by student interns with oversight and mentoring from TCPEP, Cultiv8 and an Entrepreneurship professor.