Promoting the intersection of established businesses and entrepreneurship. 

Important Dates: 
February 13, 2020
Challenge launch
February 26, 2020
Submission deadline
March 25, 2020
Expert office hours
March 30, 2020
Pitches and winner announcement

We're looking for innovative solutions to problems in the Cape Breton community. The deadline is Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 11:59 pm AST.

Below are highlights about the opportunity. Learn more about Commercial Diving and Marine Services (CDMS) Atlantic's problem and the competition details in the INTERSECT CHALLENGE INFO KIT. You may also want to check out Innovacorp's YouTube live stream.

About Intersect Challenge

Intersect Challenge promotes the intersection of established organizations and entrepreneurship.

Local organizations share a problem or pain they’re experiencing, and aspiring entrepreneurs pitch digital solutions for a chance to win $10,000 in cash and other support.


Start-ups must have a new knowledge-based product or service with less than $1,000,000 in annual sales revenue.

Companies from around the world may apply, but the winner must be registered as a business in Nova Scotia for funds to be released.

Entrants must be the majority owner(s) (51 per cent or more) of the start-up and plan to work full-time with the business in Nova Scotia.

Past participants of Innovacorp programs (e.g., Demo at Sea, ESCF, etc.) are eligible and may apply for this competition.

Eligibility details can be found in the info kit.

How do I apply?

Entering is easy. Applicants simply submit a summary of how their start-up will address the opportunity identified by CDMS Atlantic.

SUBMISSIONS are made online. Check out the INTERSECT CHALLENGE INFO KIT for all the details and competition requirements. 


The winner will receive $10,000 in non-dilutive, non-repayable funding, guidance from seasoned business professionals.

The awards are intended for the establishment and/or future development of the start-up.

Judging criteria

A judging committee of representatives from the private and public sectors will determine which entrants become finalists for round two based on the slide submissions.

Submissions will be evaluated on the quality of the product or service, industry knowledge and management experience, barriers to competitive entry, market size and credibility of plans to reach key milestones. 

At an event open to the public on Monday, March 30, 2020, finalists will pitch their business idea to the judging committee to determine the competition winner.


All submissions will be treated confidentially and will not be made available to the public. Only those directly involved in managing or judging the competition will view submitted documents. While submission details will not be disclosed, the competition organizers reserve the right to announce those who advance to subsequent competition rounds. Materials presented during the pitch session will be considered public information.


Intersect Challenge is presented by:


Holly Chisholm
  1. 902.564.2951 ext. 2