Promoting Fredericton’s Tech Hub

When Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside reads dismissive comments about Atlantic Canadians made by Canadians elsewhere, he feels the usual irritation.

Case in point: Woodside recently read a commentator in an Ontario newspaper question why a group of Ontarians would visit Fredericton when “the city contains nothing but snow.”

“They think we’re so backward,”…

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The Launch of Yes Nova Scotia

About 70 people congregated at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax on Tuesday night to launch an initiative that will help young people to understand that entrepreneurship is a viable career option.

The Yes NS initiative — Yes stands for youth and entrepreneurship skills — has set up several working groups that will take various approaches to raising awareness of entrepreneurship.

“We started with an open-ended…

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MacAusland Speaking at Volta Tonight

Trevor MacAusland, the specialist in accelerator programming at PropelICT, will be at the Volta startup house in Halifax tonight from 6 pm to outline plans for Propel’s next cohort.

Propel, which operates a startup accelerator for entrepreneurs in all four Atlantic Provinces, is now accepting applications for its next cohort. The deadline for applications is May 1, and the program runs over the summer.

MacAusland, the Vice-President…

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PEI to Host 1st Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend will be held for the first time on Prince Edward Next weekend, one of three of the collaborative weekend events to take place in Atlantic Canada in the next two months.

Startup Weekend events have been held in more than 100 countries and several Atlantic Canadian cities but the one on May 1 to 3 will be the first in Charlottetown. The event at PEI Farm Centre is titled the Food and…

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RtTech Wins Frost & Sullivan Award

RtTech Software of Moncton has received the Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Award for 2015 in recognition of its “unrivaled innovation and leadership”.

RtTech Software, whose state-of-the-art automation helps industrial companies improve manufacturing processes, is the second Atlantic Canadian startup to be recognized by the international market research firm. Last…

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Press Release: Kula’s Platinum Status

Kula Partners, an inbound marketing agency based in Halifax, has issued the following press release:

Kula Partners Becomes Canada's First HubSpot Platinum Partner

Halifax, NS — Kula Partners, an inbound marketing agency based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has become the first Canadian agency to achieve HubSpot Platinum Partner tier status.

As one of only 35 agencies globally to have achieved the distinction, reaching Platinum…

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Eye on KW: TitanFile Offers Credeon

Fifteen months after it formed a partnership with Hitachi Solutions America, TitanFile has launched its advanced Credeon browser technology to allow users to encrypt files that they store and share on the cloud.

TitanFile, which has developed an easy-to-use, secure collaboration and document-sharing system, began life in Halifax four years ago and is now headquartered in Waterloo. The company’s sales and user base have both…

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LifeRaft Nears $2.5M in VC Funding

LifeRaft, a startup whose platform uncovers potential threats through social media posts, expects to soon close a $2.5-million round of venture capital funding that it hopes will accelerate its already-impressive growth.

LifeRaft of Halifax identifies threatening keywords, such as “kill” and “gun,” on social media sources like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. This then allows the user to drill into any post…

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Press Release: BioEnterprise in PEI

BioEnterprise Corp., an ag-tech business accelerator, has issued the following press release:

Bioenterprise Corporation Expands into the Maritimes

Bioenterprise opens a new office in the Maritimes in collaboration with Prince Edward Island ADAPT Council.

Guelph, ON (April 16, 2015) - Bioenterprise Corporation is pleased to announce that it will be opening its newest office in Charlottetown, PEI.…

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ShowBattery Lights Up the Ski Hills

A Dartmouth company whose product is gaining traction in the trade show industry is pondering whether to make a similar mark in an unexpected market — skiing.

SGS Solutions Inc. has produced portable batteries for exhibitions and trade shows that allow exhibitors to save thousands of dollars by avoiding electric installations. In the meandering way entrepreneurs stumble on innovation, it is planning a system that…

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Entrepreneurs’ Forum Relaunches

Entrepreneurs’ Forum, the pan-regional not-for-profit that promotes entrepreneurship, has rebranded itself as Entrepreneurs3.0 as a sign of its enhanced mission.

As Entrepreneurs’ Forum, the group was known for bringing together entrepreneurs and mentors in an intimate dinner so they could work together to improve the company’s prospects. The not-for-profit has held 55 to 65 for these meals a year, and they…

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Press Release: CBU & Sona

The Verschuren Centre at Cape Breton University has issued the following press release:

VERSCHUREN CENTRE, CAPE BRETON UNIVERSITY, WELCOMES DEVELOPERS OF WORLD’S FIRST TOXIN-FREE GOLD NANO RODS - SONA NANOTECH LIMITED

Sydney, NS – Sona Nanotech Ltd., a new Nova Scotia company developing nano materials for health and clean technology applications, signed a three-…

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PEI Seeks Applicants for Ignition

Innovation PEI is looking for promising new P.E.I.-based businesses and startups to bring forward proposals for the second round of its Ignition program.

The provincial government’s innovation agency recently announced the winners of its Development and Commercialization Fund, and is now similarly encouraging earlier stage companies with its Ignition program.

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Gingles Buoyed by Live Streaming Fad

Erik Gingles reacted to the news of Periscope’s purchase by Twitter with equal measures of elation and frustration.

The news broke March 9 that Twitter had bought Periscope, which allows Twitter users to display live video from their smartphones, for just under $100 million. It was a blow for Meerkat, another app that allows video live streaming, as Periscope’s…

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How Budgets Changed Tax Credits

Lost in the recent controversy over budgets in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick is the fact that we’ve moved no closer to harmonizing or unifying investment tax credits in the region.

In fact, there are now greater differences in the provincial programs than ever before.

The recent budgets have created controversy over the

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Sears Moves SageCrowd Forward

From the outset, Sean Sears and his team at sageCrowd felt that modern learning science would provide a sound basis for their e-learning platform.

Nonetheless, in a pattern typical of startup development, the sageCrowd founders shifted the direction of their company several times before finding the best course.

The Halifax company works with well-known authors to deliver competency-based skills training to the staff of large…

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The NS Link to the LinkedIn Deal

There was a Nova Scotian angle to the $1.5 billion deal that was the talk of Silicon Valley yesterday.

Professional social media network LinkedIn announced it would pay $1.5 billion in cash and stock for Lynda.com, a Carpinteria, Calif.-based company that offers online training. Part of the technology that LinkedIn is buying was developed by Halifax-based Compilr,…

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Alston Calls for a Cultural Shift

I returned recently from a trip to India. We were there to film part of a new documentary called The Millennial Dream. We wanted to see how millennials and an emerging culture of social entrepreneurship in a city of 1.5 million people could inspire us back home. The documentary records New Brunswick’s journey toward becoming Canada’s mecca for millennials or “digital natives” who want to create and work in impact organizations that aim to improve the world we live in.…

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GetGifted Calls It a Day

GetGifted has sent out its last gift list.

The Charlottetown startup that helped local merchants reward customers by giving them gifts announced on social media Tuesday that it would cease operations.

CEO and co-founder Gillian McCrae said in an interview that merchants were still using the weekly gift lists. However, she and her team came to understand the resources needed to roll out the product nationally or internationally…

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NS Gives $400K to Brilliant Labs

The Nova Scotia government announced Tuesday it will contribute $400,000 to Brilliant Labs, an initiative that encourages technical education in schools in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Premier Stephen McNeil said the government will ensure the initiative operates through all eight school boards in the province in the 2015-16 school year.

Under the terms revealed Tuesday, the not-for-profit initiative aims to provide…

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Addo Aims to Grow Across Canada

At Volta, Moses is leading his people to the promised land of wellness and productivity.

In this particular case, Moses is Moses Robicheau, CEO of Addo, a startup that helps organizations encourage physical activity and good health among their memberships. It is one of the newest ventures working out of the Halifax startup house, and it’s already creating an impressive list…

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Armstrong: Growing Through Failure

Nathan Armstrong doesn’t mind using the F-word, and believes more Atlantic Canadians should discuss it openly.

The F-word, despite what you may have thought, is “failure”.

Armstrong is rightly proud that he and his brother Greg launched their cleantech startup Hyton Innovations, were shortlisted for an award and took the company through two accelerators. And he’s not ashamed to say that they eventually failed.

It’s a fact of the startup world.…

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Ron Keefe’s 2 Waves of Investment

Ron Keefe is proud that the sale of BioVectra, the Charlottetown drug manufacturer he has led for 11 years, is generating two waves of investment into Atlantic Canada.

Tens of millions of dollars will be invested in capital improvements at BioVectra over the next few years. Plus, the company’s original owners are putting together a fund to invest in Atlantic Canadian businesses.

Keefe and his Charlottetown-based team…

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No Distrapptions Wins CS Square

The CS Square pitch competition at the University of New Brunswick took place last week with first place going to No Distrapptions, an app that allows users to eliminate the distraction of message notifications.

By turning on the app, notifications from messages are blocked, and the user has the option to send an automatic response.

“If the user needs to notify someone of their arrival, they can use the app to send an automatic (one time or…

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Vendeve Wins Funding Roadshow

Vendeve, the Halifax startup that helps women find a market for their skills, has won six months in Silicon Valley to help develop its business.

The company was the winner Wednesday in the Funding Roadshow pitching competition hosted by Fundica at the Innovacorp Enterprise Centre in Halifax. Eleven companies pitched at the event. The winner was Vendeve and its model for encouraging…

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Forerunner Growing in Surge Accelerator

Having already secured funding from the world’s leading seed-stage venture fund for energy technology, Gordon McArthur is now focused on impressing more investors in energy-related tech next month.

McArthur is the CEO of Forerunner Research, a Dartmouth company whose technology detects and measures soil gases. In February, the company was one of eight companies accepted into the fourth cohort of the accelerator operated…

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Solace, Boeing Move to 2nd Phase

After successfully proving its wireless power technology can recharge drones, Solace Power is embarking on the second phase of a development project with aircraft manufacturer Boeing.

But Kris McNeil, CEO of the Mount Pearl, NL, company, was quick to point out in an interview last week that the Boeing contract is only one of the projects that Solace is working on. The company is applying its wireless power technology to automobiles and various military…

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Build Ventures: A Strong 18 Months

The mood was joyous and full of humour among the two Build Ventures partners the day after the New England Patriots won the Superbowl.

Patrick Keefe, a Patriots fan, was delighted his team had prevailed the night before. And his partner Rob Barbara, a New York Giant supporter, was pleased that there was no longer a sore point that the Pats had lost two Superbowls to his team.

“This has really been the only strain in the relationship…

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Ecosystem Gains from New Programs

There’s a theme of community running through the story of Ongozah.

The Moncton startup founded by Topher Kingsley-Williams, Denis Daigle and Dan Gillis is developing a platform that will help community groups crowdsource the various things they need. And to nurture the company, they relied on a new community startup facility in their hometown.

Ongozah – a Swahili word that means everyone moving in the same direction…

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Entrevestor Luncheon Canceled

We’re afraid we have had to cancel the Entrevestor Luncheon, which had been scheduled for Moncton on April 15.

We’d like to thank the people who helped us with the event – especially Sally Ng of Planet Hatch and Doug Robertson of Venn Innovation.  We have reimbursed the money of anyone who bought tickets.

Entrevestor and BDO are now working together on plans for further events and will let the community know once we have decided on our next event. 

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Eyeread Unveiled to Public Tomorrow

Eyeread, an online product that helps to teach children to read, will make its first public appearance Saturday at the new Halifax Central Library.

Leah Skerry and Julia Rivard Dexter, the principals the Halifax web-design consultancy Norex, and a team of educators will let children test the product that they have been developing in conjunction with Dalhousie…

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Yves Boudreau Is Back In the Sun

Yves Boudreau is so thrilled to be participating in prestigious San Francisco-based accelerator 500 Startups that his voice seems to glow with Californian sunshine. 

Being one of just two Canadian companies to get into the internationally respected accelerator is especially meaningful to the entrepreneur because his first business ended in bankruptcy.

“I’m learning so much I’ll be a wise Buddha when I’m…

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Verafin Uses Funding to Add to Growth

If there was a Deal of the Year for in the Atlantic Canadian startup community in 2014, it would undoubtedly have gone to Verafin’s $60 million financing by American private equity fund Spectrum Equity.

Rumours of a whopper of an investment began to circulate in Verafin’s home base of St. John’s in the spring, and it lived up to expectations when CEO Jamie King announced it last May. Now Verafin, which makes software that…

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Booth Eyes Online Meal Delivery

Fresh from a global conference on the new economy, Wesley Booth of Wolfville is putting together plans to launch Feddishes, an online service that arranges the delivery of prepared meals.

For the last year or so, Booth has been working as the communications and events co-ordinator at the Acadia Institute for Data Analytics in Wolfville. And he’s been working on a few ideas that would marry two of his great loves: cooking and tech…

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Atlantic Motor Nabs $250K in Funding

Halifax-based Atlantic Motor Labs has received a $250,000 equity investment from Innovacorp to help develop its more durable motor for the oil and gas industry.

Founded by Braden Murphy, Atlantic Motor has developed a motor that combines features of piston and turbine motors to improve the efficiency in the drilling head. It offers a simpler, more robust and longer-lasting drill motor…

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Lunch To Focus on International Sales

When Doug Robertson leads a discussion on international sales on April 15, he’ll be dealing with a subject close to his heart.

Robertson, the CEO of Venn Innovation in Moncton, has been preparing companies lately for entering overseas markets. So he’s looking forward to hearing other people’s views on how to improve Atlantic Canadian startups’ ability to sell in foreign locales.

Robertson will moderate a discussion on…

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Finding Gems in Rural Communities

Andrew Button has attended too many meetings about Atlantic Canada’s economic troubles. He has worked in economic development with a specialization in rural communities and found that the region’s economic woes became a hot topic in every discussion.

Yet these constant meetings never found concrete solutions to grow economic development in Atlantic Canada.

“Who was actually going to do this work in these communities to inspire more entrepreneurial activity—that…

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Snow Days: Tech Solutions Exist

My column last week suggesting a hackathon to find a home-grown solution to snow days drew a lot of response, which I’d like to share with our readers.

To recap, I suggested that the education departments or school boards hold hackathons to work on a tech solution for the amount of time students miss due to snow storms. Even as I write this, the Halifax Regional School Board, which had a week to…

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Castaway Golf Wins Breakthru

Castaway Golf Technologies, a company that grew out of a young boy’s love of retrieving lost golf balls, has won the $287,250 first prize in the 2015 Breakthru competition.

The Fredericton company that is developing an automated system for retrieving, sorting and selling balls lost in water hazards received the news at the Breakthru dinner last night, attended by 540 people.

The first runner-up was…

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Entrevestor Luncheon Set for Moncton

With the support of BDO, Entrevestor will once again this year host a series of Entrevestor Luncheons, beginning with an event in Moncton on April 15.

BDO, the accountancy and tax advisory consultancy, has agreed to sponsor four Entrevestor Luncheons this year. The luncheons are an opportunity for members of the startup community can come together…

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Building Excellence in Mentorship

As Executive Director of The Mentra, Atlantic Canada’s new mentoring organization, Janna Hare expected to be matching mentors and mentees like a dating service. But she’s found that people want to choose who they work with.

So now, The Mentra is establishing MentraConnect, a cloud-based platform that suggests mentors based on an entrepreneur’s profile, but also allows mentees to search for mentors using keywords.  

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Can Geeks Solve Snow Days?

As education departments around Atlantic Canada try to find a solution for the snow day problem, they should consider asking geeks for help.

The pain is obvious. Our students are missing too much time due to the weather, and officials are considering making up the time on Saturdays or holidays.

They might ask tech communities to…

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Nancy Mathis to Chair Invest Atlantic

Invest Atlantic has announced that Nancy Mathis will chair the conference this autumn, and that it will expand its pitching series to include new classes of entrepreneurs.

Now in its sixth year, Invest Atlantic is a pan-regional conference for entrepreneurs and investors in Atlantic Canada. It will be held this year at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax on Sept. 29 and 30.

And experienced entrepreneur and…

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Startup Job Growth Slowed in 2014

When we published our first Entrevestor Intelligence report of 2014, the numbers that leapt from the page were the job creation figures.  But things have changed in the past year.

The Atlantic Canadian startups we surveyed a year ago told us that they increased their staffing by 43 percent in 2013. They intended to increase employment by 50 percent in 2014, and the IT companies…

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LeadSift Seeks DailyShow Favourite

Known for its verve and creativity, LeadSift has set out to find out which celebrity the world wants to see succeed Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show.

Since Stewart announced last month that he is stepping down, there has been plenty of speculation on who the new host can be. Halifax-based LeadSift, which scans social media to help businesses find sales leads, used its technology to sift through more than 600,000 tweets…

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Free2Charge Eyes 10 Units a Month

Pascal deVillers regards the Free2Charge phone-charging stations as a “modern payphone.”

The payphone should have gone the way of the buggy whip, given that most of us carry cellphones. But the batteries tend to go dead in the middle of the day, and finding a place to charge them can be inconvenient, to say the least.

The Halifax company was created to address that problem. Founded by deVillers, Ben Lynds and Ken…

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HeadsUp Wins Business Model Contest

HeadsUp, a startup dedicated to improving tradespeople’s communications with customers, captured the $25,000 first prize at Canada’s Business Model Competition on Saturday, edging out a strong field of finalists.

The university entrepreneurship competition’s winning team, comprising Mike Reid, Jeremy Tupper, and Dimitry Galamiyev, was a bit of a hybrid as its members came from three schools -- University of Waterloo,…

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Palotta To Kick Off Startup Week

When Dan Palotta speaks in Fredericton next week, he will make a passionate plea for more liberal operating rules for non-profits, arguing they can do more good with greater flexibility.

Palotta is one of the keynote speakers at the Social Impact Dialogue that will take place Monday and Tuesday to kick off the East Coast Startup Week – the winter entrepreneurship festival in the…

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Leary Journeys from Bigfoot to B Corp

There’s nothing predictable about inspiration. Frances Leary’s journey toward becoming a socially responsible entrepreneur began with a study of Bigfoot in the swamps of Louisiana.

Halifax-based Leary established Wired Flare, her online communications company, in 2011.

It has become the 13th company in the Maritimes to gain the status of Benefit Corporation, a designation that communicates a company’s social responsibility to the world.

A growing American…

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Entrevestor InDepth

Our Survey Reveals Focus on Sales

Startups in Atlantic Canada focused more on selling than hiring in 2014, and business specialists believe the region’s high-growth companies are better off as a result.

Today, we’re releasing our first Entrevestor Intelligence report of 2015, including the results of our latest survey of the region’s startups.

The companies that shared data with us revealed…

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Smart Castle: Cyber-Security for Kids

When a group of graduate computer science students in Fredericton sat around discussing cyber-security last year, two voices that carried the most weight were those belonging to the parents of young children.

The group understood the dangers the internet poses for kids, and Smart Castle Labs was born.

This young startup is developing a device that will help protect children when they use the internet and do more than simply…

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Spot Interactive’s Sales Explosion

Less than a year after Spot Interactive took on the Discovery Centre in Halifax as its first client, the video-based e-commerce company has quickly amassed a customer base of 600.

The young Charlottetown and Montreal company’s growth is seen in the fact that it recently doubled its staff to 12 and took on investment from private backers. But the strongest evidence is that Spot Interactive had impressive revenue in 2014, considering it was…

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Glitch Wizard Eyes Greater Usage

After wowing the audience at DemoCamp last autumn, Halifax-based Glitch Wizard is now hoping users upload more images on to social media using the app.  

Founded by developers Connor Bell and Allan Lavell, Glitch Wizard is an app that uses filters to distort images, GIFs and videos to give them a computer-crash aesthetic. Glitch Wizard allows the user to have fun with their images rather than post exactly what the camera…

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Conlon Brings Nautel Touch to LED

Peter Conlon, CEO of LED Roadway Lighting, had just received the greatest compliment of his career.

“Yesterday, I bumped into a former colleague from the days when I was CEO of Nautel,” he said.

“She told me that everything is fine at Nautel. She said, ‘You made us so confident in ourselves we know we can do it.’

“That felt great. Now I can sit back and say, ‘I didn’t mess that up.’”

Conlon was president…

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Briefs: Densitas, RtTech, Smart Skin

Vienna, Austria , March 4 – A new research technology was profiled today during scientific sessions at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) in Vienna, Austria. Densitas Research Edition assesses mammographic breast density using ‘for presentation’ digital mammography images.

In a presentation focused specifically on the technology itself, study results using 1,823 images showed excellent agreement between Densitas Research Edition density measures and radiologists’…

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After Pivot, Dash Hudson Raises $1M

Dash Hudson, a Halifax company that helps shoppers purchase clothes they see on Instagram ads, has raised $1 million, including funding from two of the province’s leading tech entrepreneurs, Jevon MacDonald and Gavin Uhma.

While the money is significant to help the company grow, the Dash Hudson statement Tuesday reveals how the company has secured a network of leading advisers and investors in both the technology and fashion worlds.

Innovacorp contributed $350,000 to the…

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Press Release: Teen Event in Sydney

The UIT program at Cape Breton University issued the following press release:

High School Hackathon hosted by UIT Startup Immersion

UIT Startup Immersion at Cape Breton University is hosting a free, day-long hackathon for high school students. The event takes place at the New Dawn Center for Social Innovation on Saturday, March 7 from 8am to 9pm.

The event -- which is free for high school-aged students…

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AutoPulse Plans Launch in 2016

A few months after musing with his father about new technologies for the automotive industry, Sam Jesso is one step away from capturing more than $200,000 in seed funding and services to develop such a product.

Jesso heads AutoPulse, a Fredericton startup designing technology that helps auto dealerships monitor their customers’ cars.

Last week, the University of New Brunswick software engineering student found out AutoPulse…

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Press Release: Local Prosperity Event

The Centre for Local Prosperity has issued the following press release:

Regional Economics Conference planned for April 2015

(Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia) March 2, 2015.    It is widely known that small rural communities in Atlantic Canada are struggling.  A regional conference has been organized to address these issues with fresh ideas.  The conference is entitled “Local…

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Press Release: Next Propel Cohort

Propel ICT, Atlantic Canada’s startup accelerator, has issued the following press release:

Propel ICT Opens Up Applications For Next Round of Startup Programs

Programs Offered for New Startups or Established Early-Stage Companies.

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador – Propel ICT, Atlantic Canada’s startup accelerator, today opened up applications for companies to take part in…

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Venture for Canada Deadline Sunday

The final Fellow application deadline for this year's Venture4Canada cohort is March 1st, 2015.  

Venture for Canada is a career accelerator for recent grads, who want to learn how to build a business, while making an impact. 

Fellows join a cohort that includes a former Apple engineer, alumni of The Next 36, and a Top 20 Under 20 recipient.  Fellows have the opportunity of working at one of Venture for Canada's…

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Zed’s Entrepreneurship Education

After five years of volunteering as a high school entrepreneurship teacher, Robert Zed is working on a new venture of his own, one that will bring entrepreneurship education to many.

Zed, chairman of Triangle Strategies of Halifax, helps a teacher at Citadel High School teach an entrepreneurship program to Grade 12 students.

“It started when one of my sons took me into school for a show and tell session,”…

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A Look at Failures in 2014

Entrevestor recently completed its second survey of Atlantic Canadian startups, and one of the striking figures was the number of companies that vanished in 2014.

Here are the basics. Of the 290 companies we surveyed last year, eight were acquired or merged with other startups. Nine moved outside the region. There were 43 that either went out of business or never really moved beyond a group of dreamers with an idea.

So the headline number is that about 15 per cent of the startups…

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WaitShare Aims at Clinic Wait Times

Fredericton-based VeroSource Solutions, a tech startup that incorporated last year, has launched its first product WaitShare, a free app that aims to inform the public about wait times at walk-in clinics and emergency rooms.

Though several startups have tried to tackle the problem of people spending too long to wait to see a doctor, WaitShare relies on crowdsourcing…

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Entrevestor InDepth

McRock, NBIF in $3M RtTech Deal

RtTech Software, whose state-of-the-art automation helps industrial companies improve manufacturing processes, will announce Tuesday that it has closed a $3-million venture capital round led by the world’s leading industrial Internet of things fund.

McRock Capital's new McRock iNFund LP will invest as much as $2.5 million in the Moncton company, while the Continue Reading

NB BioMatrix Prepares for Q4 Launch

NB BioMatrix, the New Brunswick cleantech company that won the BioInnovation Challenge last autumn, is developing into a bona fide business by adding staff and planning to launch late this year.

The Saint John company is using nano-technology to develop a biodegradable, anti-bacterial liquid that can remove heavy metals and other pollutants from waste water. The product, called Naqua-Pure, binds with water-soluble particles…

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Jutla Uses Startup Boom to Lure Talent

Halifax is gaining such a reputation for entrepreneurship that the buzz is helping Dawn Jutla attract mature students to the program she runs at the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University.

Now in its second year, the master of technology, entrepreneurship and innovation program offers graduate students the chance to gain their master’s in just eight months of part-time study, followed by an eight-month work placement or work on their own startup.

The course…

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Summit Urges Entrepreneurial Teaching

Academic, business and political leaders came together in Halifax on Thursday to call for reform in post-secondary education, and including a greater emphasis on teaching entrepreneurship.

The speakers at the Atlantic Leaders Summit organized by the Atlantic Association of Universities voiced a near unanimous message that the region’s institutes of high education need reform, or at least improvement. They have the…

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Nova Scotia’s Next VC Fund

One of the overlooked segments of Premier Stephen McNeil’s State of the Province speech last week was his revelation that Nova Scotia will soon proceed with a new public-private venture capital fund.

On Feb. 11, McNeil delivered his address to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, and the focus was on the need for change, reinforcing the theme of the Ivany report.

But he also noted that the province would soon release a request for proposals for a private-sector venture capital…

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Pond Tells Students: Dream Big

The following is the text of an address by Gerry Pond given at the recent Saint Mary’s University convocation, where he was awarded an honorary doctorate:

As you graduate from this fine university and begin the next stage in your journey, you will receive considerable amounts of advice, all well intentioned, and much of it useful. Let me add my voice to the chorus with some thoughts on how you can take what you’ve learned here at Saint…

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Kurzweil Coming to Big Data Congress

The third annual Big Data Congress, to be held in Halifax this October, will feature as its keynote speaker Google’s Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil.

The brainchild of T4G CEO Geoff Flood, the first two Congresses were held in Saint John and both attracted more than 600 delegates even though they were held in the depth of winter. The event is designed to promote the use…

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Press Release: Startup Week in NB

The organizers of East Coast Startup Week in Fredericton have issued the following press release:

A Week of Innovation and Entrepreneurship with Something for Everyone! Press Release:

FREDERICTON, NB – The blossoming East Coast start-up scene will get a major boost with the second iteration of East Coast Startup Week, a series of events being held on March 16 to 22 in Fredericton, New Brunswick.…

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Corbett’s Passion Born in Frustration

People give many reasons for assisting others. Frustration isn’t usually among them, although that helps motivate New Brunswick entrepreneur Rivers Corbett.

Corbett, the co-founder of Relish Gourmet Burgers, spends a lot of time mentoring young entrepreneurs and speaking to high school students.

He strives to make youngsters realize that they can become entrepreneurs.

“I’m focused and passionate about…

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Thanks for Aiding our Survey Campaign

We’ve almost reached our target of getting surveys submitted by about half of the Atlantic Canadian startup community.

The response has been fantastic and I want to thank everyone who completed the survey. I especially want to thank those who were patient with my persistent nagging.

We’d still like to get more surveys in, so if you haven’t completed one, please do…

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TopLog Strikes Deal with Bitnami

Halifax’s topLog announced Wednesday its new product for application developers will soon be available on the Bitnami platform, which should help increase its distribution.

For the last two years, topLog has been developing software that helps notify developers and system administrators if there is a problem on their system and to sort out any troubles quickly.

The company will soon launch a “freemium” version, meaning…

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The Next36 Seeks Post-Uni Startups

The Next36, an entrepreneurship non-profit based in Toronto, wants Atlantic Canadian startup founders to apply to join this year’s cohort of 20 founders for The Next Founders, a program to accelerate startup growth.

The Next36 has been around for five years, but for the first three years it’s been solely focused on growing undergraduates’ startups. The program allows undergraduates…

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