"Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning."
- Bill Gates

National Bank Sponsorship

Sponsors & Donors

National Bank sm In October 2015, National Bank announced a major donation of $100,000 over 4 years to support the work of the Pond-Deshpande Centre. This commitment reflects the Bank’s many partnerships and initiatives aimed at supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs. National Bank’s generous support helps strengthen both our Student Ambassador Program and Catalyst Funding Program which enable aspiring entrepreneurs to pursue their passions, test ideas through early-stage market validation, and develop their business models.  PDC alumni from these programs will continue to grow their businesses, help provide opportunities for meaningful work, and impact the region through creating wealth and shared prosperity.

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At the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit Atlantic 2015, we hosted the National Bank Student Pitch Competition. The winners of the prizes included:

Zachary Robson earned $2,000 for his work with Doctor’s Orders, a smart cane that orthopedic patients can use to provide data to medical professionals.

Callum Mayer earned $1,500 for his company Unify, which developed a platform for connecting student projects with alumni.

Taylor Quinn and his enterprise TownSquare took home $1,000 for a platform to connect government and citizens in two-way dialogue to promote engagement.

Jessica Brennan, a graduate of our Student Ambassador Program, created Inkuvate, a platform that connects entrepreneurs with service providers and developers.  She earned $500 in the Pitch Competition.

In addition, we were able to use this fund to support other local start-ups including:

SimpTek Technologies – A company with a mandate to bring energy efficiency and intelligence to the residential homes in order to bring benefits for both end consumers and utilities. With their software system, customers will have an unprecedented level of smart control over their power usage. The company was also a New Brunswick Innovation Foundation Breakthru winner and was invited to Dragon’s Den.

Ongozah – An interactive and organizational platform that matches corporate and community needs with people. Habitat for Humanity is one of the organizations involved with beta testing.

DesignRightCanada – A company designing modular structures using wood which may be shipped by container and assembled in remote communities.

CollegeMix/Lorikeet – A platform to enable communication among students and directed to students which will engage them with their university/college campuses and businesses in the community.

Joy Cummings Photo UNB

Joy Cummings Photo UNB


At the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit Atlantic 2016, we hosted the National Bank Student Pitch Competition. The winners of the prizes included:

CanCross (Grand prize)






At YES Atlantic 2017, the winners of the National Bank Student Pitch Competition prizes included 3 prize winners with ideas that are also significantly impacting health and the environment:

1st place ($3000) went to SMART, a company that is developing tools to measure edema in heart patients thus enabling patients and their caregivers to obtain medical treatment earlier and to help avoid hospitalization.

2nd Place ($1500) went to The Farmers Truck, a company bringing local produce to New Brunswick communities using a mobile farmers market.

3rd Place ($500) went to Methapal a company with a controlling platform to monitor the chemical balance of Methane gas for energy production.


In addition, we were able to use this fund to support other local start-ups including:

EnCap BioTech A New Brunswick based company dedicated to replacing petroleum based synthetic polymers (plastics) with innovative green inspired products.

TriSpectra Innovation Inc.   A New Brunswick-based startup developing a sensor-based communication and analytics platform that provides real-time monitoring of power lines.

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