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Digital Nova Scotia and Junior Achievement Nova Scotia Launch Tech Venture Incubator for Youth
HALIFAX (Nov. 30, 2016) – Digital Nova Scotia (DNS) and Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia (JA Nova Scotia) are pleased to announce the launch of a new joint initiative: the Youth Connect-IT Tech Venture Incubator. This program is a unique information and communications technology (ICT) focused adaptation of JA Nova Scotia’s popular Company Program. Connecting youth from Grades 9-12 with ICT firms in the region, industry mentors guide students through the entire business cycle from start-up to liquidation by having the students create their own innovative ICT-related enterprise.
“DNS has been a proud sponsor of JA Nova Scotia’s VP of Technology Award as part of their Company Program for several years. Our partnership and the development of the Youth Connect-IT Tech Venture Incubator stemmed from our desire to promote the unique career opportunities in a fast-paced, growing sector to youth in our region,” says Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, President and CEO of DNS.
Students participating in the tech venture incubator will not only develop deep insight into the nature of a digital technology focused business, but they will also have direct access to the real-world perspectives of digital business leaders and teams. With each student taking on a specific role within the company, participants will gain an appreciation for organizational culture, and the creativity and dedication required to be successful in a globally competitive market by solving real business challenges.
“Whether a student wants to become a computer programmer, a graphic designer, or a project manager, this program will showcase the breadth of career paths and magnitude of opportunities that exist in the industry,” adds Bahr-Gedalia.
Between October and March, industry mentors meet with students once a week. IBM, a member of DNS, was eager to jump on board and has secured the mentorship slot for the first cohort of students.
"We are so excited to be partnering with Digital Nova Scotia on the Youth Connect-IT Tech Venture Incubator. Their insight into the digital space and developing trends has meant that we can guide and mentor students accordingly in this very bright and promising sector," says Kristin Williams, President and CEO of JA Nova Scotia.
To learn more about the program and how to get involved, please visit: http://www.digitalnovascotia.com/youth-connect-it/. Parents and teachers are also encouraged to learn more about the program and career paths associated with Nova Scotia’s ICT sector.
Director, Marketing and Research
Digital Nova Scotia
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JA Nova Scotia