Making Halifax awesome, one project at a time.

On behalf of my friends involved with Awesome Halifax, I’m posting this email here.  This is a great idea, great bunch of people, that really is making Halifax more awesome:

Please forward this email to people who may have a great idea, who may want to invest or would like to attend.

What: A partnership of Awesome Halifax, the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and The Hub, The Awesome Ideas Market is exactly that…a bustling market of ideas where there are sellers and buyers!

Who: The event is open to folks with business, not-for-profit and social enterprise ideas at any stage of development. We’re happy to accept ideas that range from those still in your head to ones that actually have an existing structure around them. BUT, note that this event is specific to ideas in the three identified areas. Got an idea that falls outside of this? Submit your idea here.

Why: The market will be filled with buyers (those who have money to invest) and sellers (those who have ideas that need funding), with the ultimate goal of providing much-needed seed money to keep ideas moving to the next stage of development.

When: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Hub Halifax (2nd Fl, 1673 Barrington St.)

How (Sellers): If you’re a seller (that’s someone with an idea), you can submit your idea by going to this link. Be SURE you select “HALIFAX IDEAS MARKET” from the drop down menu.

Ideas will be reviewed and the top 15 to 25 will be invited to participate in the event. Submissions must be received by May 20, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. AST and all successful applicants will be notified by June 1, 2012.

How (Buyers): For buyers to attend, they must register at the Halifax Chamber and at the time of registration, commit to investing $100 the night of the event. This commitment is on the honour system, so we’re relying on you to show up and deliver. Additional investments are encouraged (more money is, after all, more awesome) and can be made at any point during the night of the event. A maximum of 60 buyers can participate.

The Event: Like all Awesome Halifax events, the Ideas Market will focus on a don’t-take-yourself-too-seriously kind of atmosphere. We want people to engage in lots of lively banter and idea sharing.

In that spirit, the event will be set up like a market…no formal presentations or pitches will be made. Buyers will engage the sellers they want to talk with and sellers will tell their story to anyone who will listen!

So how does the exchange of money happen? When buyers arrive at the event, they’ll turn their $100 (or more…we really hope you’ll invest more!) in for the same amount in Monopoly money. Fun, right? Buyers will give their Monopoly money away to whatever sellers they want to support and at the end of the night, the sellers turn the fake cash in for the real stuff. And like all Awesome grants, this is no-strings-attached funding.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to drop us a line at