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Business Innovation Labs

March 9, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm ADT


Solve a key business challenge or test new ideas in less than 5 days

Have a wicked business challenge?

Feeling stuck or unable to find the right solution?
Need to test a new idea, product, or service?

Join our Business Innovation Labs in March 2020

Bring 4-7 team members (staff, users, customers, mentors, etc.) to solve a key challenge in your business or test a new idea – and reach your business’ maximum potential.

Our team will guide you through Design Thinking, a user-focused problem-solving method, you’ll quickly find and test creative and innovative solutions.

You will leave with a tested prototype for your solution and learn to apply Design Thinking to future challenges.

you want to involve your employees in the planning process – let’s make that “your team”.


Is this really for me?


Learn about the challenges that other businesses like AirBnB have solved with this approach!
Click on the images below for examples:

Manufacturer minimizes the risk for product development. Owner uses empathy to increase morale in the workplace Converting online traffic to increased sales after discovering an unexpected determining factor

Business Innovation Labs are for you if:

  • You are part of a small or medium-sized business
  • you are looking to take your business to the next level
  • you want to involve your employees in the planning process
  • you want to make decisions informed by what your customers really want
  • you are interested in learning about creative, innovative processes
  • You can bring a team of 4-7 people from your business (staff, owners, advisors, partners, etc.)



We’ll help you tackle your challenge by:

  • Using Design Thinking, a customer-focused problem-solving approach. This cutting-edge innovation methodology is used by Fortune 500s, social innovators creating senior-friendly spaces, and local businesses. It’s a creative, engaging, and proven approach that is based on building empathy with users and creates solutions that are financially feasible, practically doable, and desired by those affected. – Learn more click here.


  • Immersing yourself and your team for five days, to help you dive deep and achieve a major break-through.


  • Helping your team build skills and capacity for ongoing innovation.

What you’ll leave with:

  • A solution to your challenge tested at least once (prototype)
  • The ability to apply Design Thinking to solve problems and innovate with your business in the future.
  • New connections with other businesses and entrepreneurs.
  • Ongoing support from the AEC team.

When and Where:

Choose from Lab 1 or 2.

  • Lab 1: Kentville Fire Hall, March 9th-13th, 2020
  • Lab 2:  Hansport Churchill House, March 23rd-27th, 2020
  • Daily, 9 AM – 2 PM
  • We understand that your business has to keep running – that’s why we are keeping your afternoons and early mornings free to take care of key operations. We ask that you fully commit to the times indicated, knowing that you are investing this time to take your business to the next level.

To apply you will need to:

  • Be starting or operating a business
  • Bring a team of at least 4 people from your business who can commit to the full lab (this can be a mix of staff, advisors, customers, etc.).
  • Bring a challenge to work or with a team
  • Be prepared to dedicate 5 days, from 9 AM-2 PM
  • Pay a $350.00 early bird, $390.00 flat rate per team. Thanks to support from ACOA, we are able to offer these labs this year at a subsidized rate.


March 9, 2020
10:00 am - 3:00 pm ADT
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