Acadia is part of a new project Premier Stephen McNeil announced March 19 to boost innovation - in the ‚Äúsandbox.‚ÄĚ
According to the announcement from the premier‚Äôs office, ‚ÄúInnovative and entrepreneurial Nova Scotians will soon have places where they can experiment with new ideas and access business mentors, investors and other support.‚ÄĚ
The four projects bring together universities, Nova Scotia Community College and the provincial government. Each sandbox will offer a combination of academic programming and entrepreneurial, professional and management resources.
Group ATN Consultants has been hired as project managers and will oversee the sandboxes' development and management. They will also help design competitions to recognize the most promising sandbox ideas.
The province will provide each sandbox with $150,000 per year for up to three years. Sandboxes are then expected to sustain themselves.
The Nova Scotia Agriculture Sandbox is a partnership between Dalhousie's Agricultural Campus and Acadia University, which the premier‚Äôs office says will connect with local chambers of commerce and the Perennia Innovation Centre.
‚ÄúIt will support innovation in modern agriculture, a high-technology industry that requires expertise in areas from bio-technology to precision engineering to computer and environmental sciences.‚ÄĚ
The three other projects are: Island Sandbox: Cape Breton University and NSCC Marconi Campus; Community Sandbox: Saint Mary's University, NSCAD University, and Mount Saint Vincent University, and ICT Sandbox: Dalhousie University, Saint Mary's University, NSCAD University and Volta Labs