Javorek Prepares for PetKonekt Launch

Three years after injuries ended his sports career, athlete-turned-entrepreneur Justin Javorek is preparing for a fourth-quarter launch of PetKonekt, an app that links pet owners and pet-care professionals. 

PetKonekt is a customer relationship management tool that benefits both the pet owners and the people who help them care for animals. The owners can find veterinarians and other service providers in their area, and the professionals can keep in touch with their customers year-round.

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Recognizing Persistence and Creativity

A well-deserved award caught up with Costa Zafiris last week, validation for his dogged pursuit of the entrepreneurial dream.

Zafiris, 24, graduated from Dalhousie University in May with a commerce degree and a major in entrepreneurship.

During his time at Dal, he was a common sight at the various startup initiatives and he is a founder of three budding startups — Date Caddie, Unify and PlayPeanut.

Last week, he learned that when he graduated he’d won the Commerce Alumni Association

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Wear Your Label’s Sudden Success

Faced with the burden of sudden success, the Fredericton mental-health-focused clothing company Wear Your Label is hoping to hire a chief operating officer by December.

Wear Your Label designs and sells T-shirts, tank tops, leggings and sweaters that have sayings and designs on them that can create conversation around mental health. The wording is subtle and designed to create discussion rather than scream a message. They include such messages as “Sad but rad” and “It’s okay not to be

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Mashup Lab Launches Virtual Incubator

Mashup Lab, the Nova Scotia organization dedicated to nurturing startups in rural areas, is about to launch an online incubator to any Atlantic Canadian entrepreneur, regardless of where he or she lives.

The group headed by former regional development exec Andrew Button will launch the Mashup Lab Virtual Incubation Program on Sept. 8. It’s presenting the program in collaboration with Spring, a group based in Vancouver that provides mentorship to startups via online seminars.

“The thing I

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Gillian McCrae Joins Propel as VP

Regional tech accelerator Propel ICT has rounded out its management team by hiring Gillian McCrae, former CEO of Charlottetown-based GetGifted, as a vice-president.

Now based mainly in Halifax, McCrae will work with President Gary Dinn and the accelerator’s entrepreneurs-in-resident to develop new curriculum. She will also be responsible for business development, which includes increasing sponsorship, finding community partners and planning community events.

Having begun 12 years ago as a

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