Enginuity Targets Hardware Makers

It was bad luck for Enginuity that it scheduled its Robotics and Automation Day on Nov. 28, the day an early snowstorm made travel to its Spryfield headquarters a bit tricky.

But the Halifax-based engineering and design company had provoked enough curiosity about its robotics shop that it attracted a good crowd not once but twice. Some supporters braved the elements on the original date, and

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Rally Closes $750K Funding Round

St. John’s-based legal-tech company Rally has raised $750,000 in equity funding, with which it plans to expand its development and sales teams.

The company on Wednesday held a press conference at the Emera Innovation Exchange in St. John’s to announce the funding. Venture NL (the fund managed by Pelorus Venture Capital) and St. John’s-based Killick Capital both invested $250,000 in the company,

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Applications Open for Sprint Contest

Applications have opened for Innovacorp’s Sprint competition, which awards a total of $100,000 to early-stage innovation-driven startups in Nova Scotia.

The applications are open until midnight Jan. 6 and can be found here. Winners will be notified Jan. 17.

“The goal of Sprint is to find and support high potential, early stage knowledge-based companies, and encourage entrepreneurial activity in

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Clever Fruit Eyes 1st Product in 2020

Nova Scotia’s Clever Fruit Products has developed a new berry-based food ingredient that can reduce cholesterol by as much ads 40 percent, and the company hopes to have a product in the market within a year.

Having started as a juice maker three years ago, the company discovered a process that dries blueberries and other fruit into a powder that can be added to foods to enhance health benefits.

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Creatros in Beta Test, Eyes 1st Raise

With its digital product being beta-tested by two companies, the troika that heads St. John’s-based Creatros Technologies is turning its attention to its first fundraising effort and a full launch in 2021.

The company came together three year ago at Memorial University and set out to solve a problem that plagues many teams of programmers – understanding the skillsets of all the team members.

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Wattpad To Open Halifax Office

Toronto-based Wattpad said Monday it will open an office in Halifax, beginning in 2020 with a team based at Volta, the city’s innovation hub.

The press release on the Wattpad website said the East Coast operation would be its “second headquarters” though it gave no information on the number of people to be based in Halifax nor what they will do.

The company – which has developed platforms where

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Volta Names Four New Directors

Volta, Canada’s East Coast Innovation Hub, has named four new members to its board of directors.

The board provides direction and leadership in carrying out Volta’s goal of building a community in which entrepreneurs can come together to learn from each other, grow their companies and expand to global markets.

The new board members are:

● Rhiannon Davies, former Chief Operating Officer of

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17 Graduate from JEDI Programs

Seventeen Indigenous entrepreneurs will graduate this week from the Joint Economic Development Initiative’s Indigenous Business Incubator and Accelerator programs.

Fredericton-based JEDI, as the organization is known, is an economic development agency for Native communities in New Brunswick. It hosts both incubator and accelerator programs to help Indigenous entrepreneurs launch or expand their

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Electric Owl Grows Food-Producing Venture

Halifax-based Electric Owl is preparing to launch a digital garden management platform targeted at the 46 million households in North America that grow their own food. 

The social enterprise aims to launch its Garden Manager product in the spring of 2020.  The Garden Manager will advise users on how to grow fresh and nutritious food. The aim is to improve food supply and reduce the environmental

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Blue-Green, Start-up Yard Winners

Innovacorp has announced the companies selected to participate in its Blue-Green Challenge and Start-Up Yard at COVE cohort for the 2019-2020 season.

The Nova Scotia government’s early-stage venture capital agency issued a statement Thursday saying Blue-Green Challenge round one winners receive $5,000 as well as guidance from business veterans. Round two winners receive $10,000. The Blue-Green

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