Next Labs, Design Thinking Nova Scotia, Acadia




In 2020 one thing is certain, change is happening, and it’s happening fast.
Businesses need to be ready to adapt. The needs of customers change, and businesses need to adjust their offerings.

The way we work and the needs of staff also change and businesses are faced with internal challenges. 

Businesses and their teams need to be ready to adapt  – quickly and with limited risk.


Learn the skills and tools you need to be able to adapt quickly,
while truly understanding and meeting the needs of your customers and your staff. 


In this program, you will: 

  • Solve a current challenge in your business – and hit September ready to run with the creative solutions
  • Learn skills that help you adapt quickly – while keeping the risk low
  • Learn new customer research skills that allow you to understand your customers’ needs to a different level  – and grow your sales
  • Learn methods that help unearth new opportunities and enter new markets
  • Immediately apply what you learn to your current business challenge with individualized coaching from our advisory team 
  • Connect & collaborate with other entrepreneurs in a supportive environment

Learn all of this using Design Thinking,  a tried & tested problem-solving method used by fortune 500 companiess. YOU can find better solutions for your business’ toughest challenges – now and in the future.


 You’ll leave with 

  • new solutions to your current challenge 
  • in-depth customer discovery tools 
  • a new way to approach problems and adapt 
  • tools & resources you can apply right away 
  • new connections


Weekly workshops 9:00am – 12:00pm on

  • Monday, August 10 
  • Monday, August 17 
  • Monday, August 23 
  • Monday, August 31

In addition to the workshops, we’ll support you via 1 on 1 coaching sessions
with our staff who are experts in Design Thinking and Business Counselling.

Each week, you’ll also spend time working on your challenge – for example diving into customer discovery, doing some research, or brainstorming a few ideas.
You will do this on your own or with your team.
Tools for teams who are working remotely are provided.



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What do I need to bring?

This program is fully online – but here are some things you will need:

  1. Yourself and your team members – you can bring up to 4 team members at no additional cost
  2. If you are a solopreneur, join on your own, or bring a ‘team for now’ or a mentor/other supporter 
  3. If you do have a small or large team, we suggest that you bring up to 4 people – ideally people with different roles and perspectives.
  4. A challenge you want to work on, for example
      • How might we successfully branch out into offering tours, while setting ourselves apart from the competition? 
      • How can we provide an exceptional customer experience despite PPE made necessary by Covid? 
      • How can we help our staff stay motivated and connected while working from home? 
      • How might we test our new ID-Top offering while limiting costs and risk?


Unsure if your current challenge is the right fit? Unsure who to bring?
We’re happy to help and answer any questions you may have.

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Tech Requirements  

  • A computer with video camera and microphone for each member of your team 
  • A stable internet connection (at least for Monday sessions) 

We will be using zoom & Mural (an online interactive whiteboard) – they are easy to use but we will send you all info and how-tos in advance.

Your team will have access to an online collaboration space on Mural, so that you can work together on your challenge and access your work at any given point throughout the program. 



Thanks to support from ACOA and the Valley REN, we are able to offer this program at a sponsored cost of $299. Payments must be made within 5 business days to secure your spot. While payments are not refundable, they are transferable (i.e. if you cannot make it, you may pass your ticket on to another business).



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“I found the design thinking challenge to be extremely useful. I did not realize that empathy was such an effective tool for defining a problem and developing possible solutions.” – Matthew Reid, Design Thinking workshop: Doctors & Digby. “Thank you Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre for hosting a Design Thinking workshop with Enactus Acadia. Through the design thinking process, our team was able to pinpoint our areas of weakness concerning member engagement and brainstorm solutions with empathy in mind.” -Samantha Stegen, Enactus president. “The instructors were very friendly and interactive in the tasks. They provided great knowledge and experience and I also get to take some of that home with me. I am glad I had the opportunity to attend this session and I look forward to participating in the future.” – Jake Selig, Design Thinking workshop: Doctors & Digby.



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Your facilitators:  

Anne Stieger Tom Dalmazzi Leanne Strathdee
Entrepreneurship Facilitator & Business Counsellor Community Entrepreneurship Facilitator Innovation and Incubation Manager
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