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Sara Taaffe Episode – Resources!

Sara has had an amazing entrepreneurial journey. During her time at UNB, Sara participated in the Student Ambassador program, the UNB Faculty of Business International Business & Entrepreneurship Centre (IBEC) Activator Program and the Wallace McCain Institute “Our Top Talent” pitch. If you are interested in any of those programs please read below for more information! 🙂

If you are a post-secondary student at any institution in New Brunswick – then you can apply to be a Student Ambassador!

This program is run by the Pond-Deshpande Centre (PDC) and I can tell you first hand that it is amazing! The program consists of a few programming days where participants engage in a number of workshops and activities to learn more about entrepreneurship. The workshops are held by both PDC staff and members of the entrepreneurial community from all around the province.  The program includes a trip to Boston to attend an entrepreneurial conference at one of the other Deshpande Centres, tour some of the amazing entrepreneurial resources in Boston and attend the Mass Challenge awards! The program also includes a number of ‘opt in’ opportunities, which allow you to attend events in the community that you are interested in. There is also an opportunity to attend the ‘Development Dialogue’ conference hosted by the Deshpande Foundation in Hubli, India. Sara attended the conference and she discusses her experience in our podcast!

If you are a UNB student, you can apply to be part of the IBEC Activator program!

This program pairs you with an actual start-up venture! You will work with a team to help market the venture and create a business plan! If you have your own business idea, you can bring it from an idea to a venture through the program. This program sets out 5 MBA courses that you must take to gain the fundamental knowledge that you will need for your journey. The program is in its tenth year and has helped to launch a number of local start ups.  As Sara noted, it is an excellent opportunity to develop and apply your entrepreneurial skills. Check out this link – to apply!

If you are a graduating post-secondary student at any institution in New Brunswick – then you can apply to the Wallace McCain Institute, “Our Top Talent” Pitch!

Sara won the first “Our Top Talent” competition at the inaugural event in 2014, and the program has continued! This program is for graduating students looking for career opportunities in the province. How this works is you complete the application, if chosen you will attend a pitch workshop. There will be some times to practice and develop your one-minute pitch before the big event. The event is a full day event at which you will give your pitch to top companies in the province for their business cards!

Regardless of whether or not you are a student, but you are interested in entrepreneurship, check out the BeForChange (B4C)  Social Venture Accelerator! 

Sara discussed working for as a summer intern with the Pond-Deshpande Centre. The PDC offers another awesome program for anyone interested in social entrepreneurship, the B4C! You might be thinking, okay… I just got into this entrepreneurship thing, now what is ‘social’ entrepreneurship? Well, it can be any venture that thinks beyond profit to what is called ‘the triple bottom line’ that includes people, profit and planet. To find out more – check out this awesome interview with Karina Leblanc, Executive Director of the PDC.

Interested? Perfect! B4C is a very cool program, that is designed to fit you at any stage of your journey – whether you think social entrepreneurship is cool, or have been running a business for the last four years but want more resources, B4C is for you! The program is designed to be as accessible as possible, and it is something you can complete at your leisure! Click here to apply!

If you know of any further resources we should blog about – please send us an email at

– Serena

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