This is the place where artists, designers and makers create sustainable businesses that grow and thrive.
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The Creative Entrepreneurship Lab (‘The Lab’) at NSCAD helps students, alumni and others working in art, craft, media, and design gain a new perspective on their work. Art and the economy are natural partners and our goal is to help the creative community develop their skills to commercialize their talents whether working as an independent artist, starting a collective, or launching a business.

The Lab at NSCAD offers workshops, coaching and operates the TD Financial Literacy Program for Creative Entrepreneurs. A mentorship program is planned for the 2021/22 academic year.

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upcoming eventsWHO WE ARE

Advisory Board

Sylvain Allaire,
Alicia Roisman Ismach,
Venn Innovation Inc.
Serial Entrepreneur/ Entrepreneur in Residence
Duane Jones,
Art Pays me
Founder and CEO
Lewis Grant-Smith,
American Bar Association
Senior Executive
Martin Theberge,
Fédération culturelle canadienne-française/ Martin Theberge Consultant Inc
Wayne Hamilton,
African Nova Scotia Affairs
Michael Branchflower,
Nova Scotia Business Inc.
Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Sales
Brian Watson,
Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education.
Director (Innovation)
Chris Atwood,
CBDC-Blue Water
Executive Director
Mirela Pirlea,
National Lead
Brian Aird,
Program Developer


Bring your talent, and we’ll help you hone your skills. Meet our mentors and advisors. Participate in our workshops to help you build the business savvy you need. Explore our networks to help you connect to the people you need to help you get rewarded for your talent.

Build a business that sustains you. From anywhere. Get ready for a bright future.

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The TD Financial Literacy Program for Creative Entrepreneurs

You know how to design, create, and make things that are beautiful, thought-provoking, useful, or intriguing.

Let us help you figure out how to make money doing it. Let us show you how to get funded to complete your work or promote it. Let us teach you how to take some of the risk out of starting your own business.

Thanks to our sponsor, TD Bank Group – the TD Financial Literacy Program for Creative Entrepreneurs will help you gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to monetize your talent:

● Market Analysis and Business Models
● Legal Aspects of Business
● Financing
● Investment
● Risk Management
● Succession Planning
● Mentorship
● Network-Building

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You’ve built your business from the ground up, or you’ve helped others succeed at that.

NSCAD’s creative, talented students need your help. Perhaps you are a NSCAD alum, a friend, or a friend we haven’t met.

Data shows that creative businesses that grow and thrive, do so because their founders were able to get the advice and make the connections to the right people and resources. Those vital connections made all the difference.

Help us help them build a bright, sustainable future.



Those ground-up, something-out-of-nothing stories we hear about entrepreneurs nearly always have a back story. And it’s about support, knowledge and confidence. Talent is not always enough.

The Lab at NSCAD addresses a gap: in Nova Scotia there are no start-up or entrepreneurial programs directed specifically to those individuals in the creative economy. NSCAD has a talent pipeline awaiting development.

Help us help them build a bright, sustainable future. Become a Creative Entrepreneurship Lab Investor.

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