What’s Happening and What’s To Come in #Startupeast

I’ve spent a lot of time this week talking to support organizations and founders about the Covid-19 crisis – about what’s happening on the ground, how we are responding, and what should happen next.

It’s difficult to see through the fog right now, but the main message is that some companies are thriving, and there is an all-out offensive on the mentoring front despite physical distancing and

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PEI Startups Respond to Covid-19

We’ve been inundated in the past few days with press releases about what Atlantic Canadian startups are doing to provide products and services to help with the Covid-19 crisis.

Consider Prince Edward Island. We’ve heard from individual companies, Startup Zone and the PEI BioAlliance about what’s being done on the Island to meet needs, solve pain or just plain help out. There’s a lot of

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Side Door Refocuses on Online Shows

Halifax-based Side Door, an online platform that matches musical artists to small, intimate physical venues, is getting around the pandemic by offering online concerts and raising money for charity.

Last Saturday, Side Door Co-Founder and award-winning musician Dan Mangan performed a virtual show from his basement in Vancouver. Attendees bought a $6 ticket for a Zoom Video Communications link

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Covid19 Sparks The Rounds’ Growth

As the Covid-19 crisis has deepened, a growing number of physicians and healthcare professionals have been signing up to The Rounds and its sister platform QID to exchange information on the growing challenge of treating patients.

Based in Halifax, The Rounds (whose corporate name is Boondoc Technologies Inc.) is a closed social network for Canadian doctors, a place where they can discuss

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Webinars for Ocean Innovators

The pandemic has led the pan-regional Ocean Startup Project to cancel its in-person Engage Café events and allow virtual participation through a weekly #OceanofOpportunities webinar series.

The interactive webinar is designed for those who have ideas for ocean companies and technology solutions. The first webinar, at 12 noon AST on Thursday, April 2, will feature Julie Angus, CEO and co-founder

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Fieldetect Team Lands $355K Grant

A research team affiliated with Charlottetown-based Fieldetect Inc. has received a $355,000 federal grant to convert its veterinary product to a medtech device that could test for Covid-19 in humans.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, or CIHR, announced Friday that it would provide the grant to a research team led by the University of Prince Edward Island. The team has been developing a

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ShiftKey Plans Virtual Hackathon

ShiftKey Labs, the Nova Scotia post-secondary sandbox focusing on digital technologies, is planning a “virtual hackathon” to find tech solutions to social problems created by the Covid-19 crisis.

The group has hosted several hackathons in the past year, and they have even resulted in the creation of startups. But it had to postpone a few other events – including a hackathon focusing on the

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EOceans Launches App Amid Covid-19

Halifax-based eOceans, which is developing an online platform for gathering ocean data, has launched its app early to gather data on how the Covid-19 crisis is impacting the oceans and people who live near them.

Founder and CEO Christine Ward-Paige sent out a message Friday saying the company has launched its app for Android and iOS, which will allow scientists and other people around the world

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