Biopolynet Wins Statoil, GE Award

Fredericton’s BioPolynet, whose nanotechnology helps to bind or stabilize solids, has won a technology competition with a prize worth as much as US$400,000 from Statoil and GE Oil & Gas.

Last week, the Norwegian state oil company and the oil and gas unit of the conglomerate General Electric Co. announced BioPolynet was one of five winners of the Open Innovation Challenge.

The competition asked entrants — and there were about 100 from more than 30 countries — to submit technologies that

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Campbell: Medtech Mentor & Founder

Barbara Campbell finds it interesting that when she worked in Vancouver, she was often flown to Halifax to talk about commercializing medical technology. Now that she lives in Halifax, she is rarely asked to speak.

The medical technologies entrepreneur is CEO of Hammock Facilitation and co-founder of two medical device startups, OrthoMX, of which she is CEO, and EnginuityMed, of which she’s president.

Before moving to Halifax in 2008, Campbell was a frequent speaker in the city and the

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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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Eye on KW: CAIP Funding Scale-Ups

The announcement last week of up to $9.7 million in funding for Kitchener-Waterloo accelerator programs could have profound implications for the region’s economy, and on how startups are developed in Canada.

If successful, the programs will help to produce several more high-growth tech companies with annual revenues of more than $100 million each. What’s more, the programs could provide a model for accelerators across Canada (and elsewhere in the world) working with later stage companies.

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McDonough Finds Entrepreneurial Fire

With the signing of the Toronto Blue Jays as a client, Travis McDonough’s decision to build Kinduct Technologies in Halifax has received further validation.

The major league baseball team joins other high-profile users of the Kinduct software.

These include the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers, and three world champion teams.

It’s all good news for Kinduct as it attempts to put distance between itself and competitors.

McDonough, Kinduct’s founder and CEO, said he resolved

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Venture NL Invests $300K in Sequence

The new Venture Newfoundland and Labrador fund has announced its first investment is in St. John’s-based Sequence Bioinformatics, which analyzes genetic data to help prevent diseases.

Venture NL said Tuesday it has invested $300,000 in Sequence as part of a seed round worth $500,000 in equity funding. The other $200,000 came from an angel investor based in Ontario.

The announcement marks the beginning of the portfolio for Venture NL, which has received funding from the Newfoundland and

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