Dalhousie University provides opportunities for students and faculty to explore and experience innovation and entrepreneurship and develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to translate new ideas into innovations.
Dal Innovates is the continitum of programming at Dalhousie that provides supports and resources for those exploring innovation & entrepreneurship.

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Helpful Resources for Startups




Hire Talent


Co-operative Education connects forward-thinking employers with highly motivated and talented students.
Whether you seek new talent for long-term recruitment or need skilled support for a special project, Dalhousie co-op students are eager to contribute.

Your organisation may qualify for a variety of funding programs and resources designed to offset or cover the costs of hiring co-op students. Access a wide range of skilled co-op students across Dalhousie’s leading-edge co-op programs.



Graduate to Opportunity

Hire a recent graduate and the Government of Nova Scotia will cover a portion of their salary.

Graduate to Opportunity (GTO) is helping to build a stronger workforce and retain young people in Nova Scotia with a salary incentive that makes it easier to hire recent graduates. Employers receive 25% of the first year’s salary – 35% if the new graduate is a member of designated diversity group – and 12.5% of the second year’s salary.



Hire a recent master’s or PhD graduate to help your business become more innovative and export-oriented and the Government of Nova Scotia will cover a portion of their salary.

Innovate to Opportunity (ITO) is helping well-educated graduates start their careers in Nova Scotia while helping businesses become more innovative and export-oriented. The program provides an incentive to hire recent masters and PhD grads for jobs that are focused on research and innovation that will help businesses begin, prepare for, or expand exports.



Startup Resources



Concordia University's District 3 is a strong and diverse innovation hub in Montreal.

The Startup Library by District 3 is free and open for anyone to use.

We've curated this library from the wild west of online information to help guide founders in the right direction for what knowledge and skills you should be building. It's not a comprehensive list of everything you need to know. Think of it more like a launchpad.



Employer Resources



Small Business Safety Toolkit

As an employer, you must manage all aspects of your business. This includes looking after the health and safety of each person in your workplace. Managing occupational health and safety is just as important as managing finances when it comes to your bottom line. Health and safety is important to everyone. It’s not only the law – it’s the right thing to do. And it makes good business sense.



Nova Scotia Works & the HR Toolkit

Employers in Nova Scotia are facing increasing recruitment and retention challenges. Demographic trends are having major impacts on the labour market. As fewer and fewer young people enter the workforce and the number of retirees increases, employers find themselves in even greater competition for a shrinking pool of available workers.

Being able to find and keep the right workers, motivate them, and develop their skills is critical for attracting, hiring and retaining workers. The NS Works Human Resources Toolkit (the HR Toolkit) was designed to provide information and resources to help employers achieve these goals and compete in today's market place.

Nova Scotia Works has experts on hand throughout the Province to help you find, hire, develop and keep the talent you need. Contact an Employer Engagement Specialist in a Nova Scotia Works Employment Services Centre near you to learn more about the HR Toolkit and other Provincial initiatives to support worker recruitment, development and retention in Nova Scotia.