Business Ideas Everywhere

Spark 2024 Applications Open

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Spark Nova Scotia is here to activate early stage rural innovation where it starts.

Spark is about regular people in rural and coastal communities doing remarkable things. Many Nova Scotians have brave new business ideas and compelling stories to share. Spark wants to discover and support these early, high-potential, knowledge-based businesses, while inspiring entrepreneurial activity across the province. Winners of the competition receive up to $50,000 plus guidance from top business professionals to help turn their stories into successful enterprises.

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Spark Nova Scotia is tailored for three regions — Cape Breton, NS North and NS Southwest — with three competitions running concurrently. Each region functions independently, with its own applicant pool and local judges. All applicants take advantage of the province-wide Spark Training Program together, to hone their business skills and sharpen their final submissions.

Your business idea could spark success.

Tell the story behind your idea for a new, knowledge-based product or service.

Spark is searching for Nova Scotia’s newest innovations with high-growth potential. We love to see startups in life sciences, ag tech, clean tech and ocean tech, but we want to hear all of your stories.

Funds will be awarded for things like prototype completion and resources needed to take your product or service to market. Tell us what you need.

Winners receive up to $50,000 in funding.

Timeline – Spark Nova Scotia

Tuesday, April 2, 2024
Registration Opens


Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Training Registration Closes

Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Developing Your Idea While Managing Risks  5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 2, 2024
Business Model Canvas Intro  5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Finance - What You Need to Know  5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 16, 2024
Storytelling and Presenting  5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Intellectual Property 101  5:00 – 6:30 p.m.


Friday, May 24, 2024
Application Deadline


Monday, June 17, 2024
Spark Final and Celebration of Winners 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Spark is made possible through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Nova Scotia Government. It is presented through the Nova Scotia Association of Community Business Development Corporations (CBDC).

Spark Nova Scotia Sponsors