Challenge accepted: Local NSCC students win Challenge NS competition

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Pictou Team # 77 won first place in this competition. Winners:  Mickayla Fraser, Rylee Mclean and Saje Macleod won $2,000. View their video at

It was crunch time for Nova Scotia Community College students last week as they worked on the Challenge Nova Scotia question for this year.

Annually, a competition is held between NSCC students from all over the province to come up with solutions to a relevant social or economic problem in the province and produce a solution that can be presented to members of government, if their solution wins the competition.

“In the end, they have to come up with a 90-second video,” said Rosemary Davis of the NSCC’s Pictou Campus.

This year’s question students had to find a solution for was: What new supports can the province engage to encourage more Nova Scotians to start their own business and help those businesses unlock their potential to become high growth businesses?

One of the groups from the local campus participating pitched that government give a benefit to businesses that hires new employees. This benefit would work along with the start-up program going and could help new businesses.

“It is very feasible,” said Mitchell Carrigan, one of the students.

“At the end of the day you could help out your local community,” he added about why he likes the challenge. He laughed that his classmates, as well as himself, believe that the prize money for the winning group wouldn’t be too bad either.

From left, Connor Dewar, Lindsey MacDonald, Duston Northrup and Mitchell Carrigan work together on their Challenge NS project. (Brimicombe photo)