Proof Heads to Pitch@Palace Finals

Proof, whose SaaS platform helps governments make better decisions, can add another trophy to the cabinet, having won the Pitch@Palace event in Toronto last month.

The company, which is a resident of Volta in Halifax, has quietly been building a list of national programs that it has entered and excelled in.  The latest was the Canadian leg of Pitch@Palace, an international competition championed

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Halifax Index: Population Up Again

The Halifax Partnership unveiled its Halifax Index on Monday, revealing that surging population growth, especially among young people, has led to an increase in GDP.

The annual assessment of the economy of the Nova Scotian capital shows that the population increased by 2 percent in 2018, and the strongest growth was in the 25- to 39-year-old age group. That population increase contributed to a

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Startup Genome Rates Atlantic Canada No. 4 in Activation Phase

Atlantic Canada has the world’s fourth best “activation stage” ecosystem for startups, says Silicon Valley think tank Startup Genome.

The organization each year ranks startup ecosystems around the world, and Innovacorp signed up Atlantic Canada to be included in the 2019 study. Startup Genome has classified Atlantic Canada as an “activation phase” ecosystem, meaning its support system is

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Lunch & Learn on Media Relations

On Wednesday, I will be delivering a Lunch and Learn talk at Volta on Media Relations for Startups – a topic a lot of startups should give some thought to.

I’m frequently asked about media relations by founders. How do we get our story in a certain newspaper or magazine? When is the best time to approach the media? How do you deal with reporters? What do you put in a press release? What problems

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Site2020 Eyes Strong Sales Growth

Dartmouth-based Site2020’s traffic-control equipment was used on more than 200 construction sites last year, and CEO Mitch Hollohan expects to deploy another 1,000 units over the next two years.

The company’s product, the Guardian SmartFlagger, is designed to replace human “flaggers”—construction employees paid to direct traffic. It includes a portable stoplight and a barrier that can be lowered

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Fuckup Nights Arrives in Halifax

A sold-out crowd gathered in Halifax last night to learn from, reflect on, even laugh at other people’s failures, and in doing so join a movement that has spread to more than 300 cities in 90 countries.

The Halifax chapter of Fuckup Nights held its first meeting on Thursday to hear three local heroes discuss the times they screwed up in business or their lives and how they learned from it.

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Medteq Backs Densitas, Spring Loaded

Two Halifax-area medtech companies – Spring Loaded Technology and Densitas – have received a slice of an $11 million equity funding exercise anchored by the Montreal-based health technology organization Medteq.

Medteq, which nurtures Canadian health-technology innovators, issued a statement saying that its $14 million investment fund made its first investments, backing eight companies based in

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StepScan Launches Military Product

Stepscan Technologies, the Charlottetown company that has developed pressure-sensitive floor mats, has launched a new product that helps the military train soldiers in combat techniques.

Primarily a medical device company, Stepscan has developed floor tiles that can analyze people's gait and footprints, which reveal such medical information as their balance, the health of their joints and how

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