AVRSB@21C Encourages Student Innovation, Entrepreneurship

More than 80 AVRSB high school students took part in the second annual AVRSB@21C student innovation conference on April 26. The goal of the conference is to have students explore skills and technology that can lead to careers and opportunities in their own communities.

Students interacted with entrepreneurs, tech experts and innovators as they developed ideas to address
challenges facing Nova Scotia today, including climate change, rural internet access, immigration, and changing demographics.

After using a LEAN canvas model to develop a response to their assigned challenge, students pitched their business ideas and solutions, then received expert feedback on the spot. Later, students will have opportunities to work with entrepreneurial coaches and business incubators to continue the development process.

The day also included a keynote address by Matthew Doucette, founder of Xona Games, and a lunchtime panel discussion with entrepreneurs sharing stories on how they developed innovative ideas into careers and businesses in Nova Scotia.

Thank you to the AVRSB Educational Technology team for organizing this event, and to all guest speakers and partners for their support.

For more information on AVRSB@21C, visit

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