Entrevestor InDepth

McMaster Out to Defeat Android, iOS

A guy from Cape Breton Island has launched a war with both Google and Apple, and investors like Rupert Murdoch and Twitter have bet $85.4 million that he’ll win.

Kirt McMaster is gaining fame in the tech world as the CEO of Cyanogen Inc., a Palo Alto, Calif., company that is developing a new operating system for smartphones. There is now a duopoly in these operating systems as 90 percent or more of the smartphones in the world…

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Kinduct Signs Up 7 Sports Teams

Halifax health-technology company Kinduct Technologies announced Wednesday it has signed five professional sports teams and two NCAA colleges to use the Kinduct Performance product.

The Performance product is an athlete management system that helps organizations that work with elite athletes find the information they need. The software helps these organizations collect, organize, share and analyze data in one centralized platform,…

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Finding the Soul of Entrepreneurship

University of New Brunswick recently launched the second year of its Summer Institute, an accelerator that melds entrepreneurial fire with artistic passion. 

The three-month program differs from other accelerators that focus on sales, market research and typical research and development. Instead, the Summer Institute aims to help participants discover an issue they are deeply passionate about, and use that passion to create beautiful…

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ICrowdx Preps Crowdfunding Portals

At some point this summer, Sean Sears hopes Canadian startups will be raising capital on his new crowdfunding platform, ICrowdx.

Sears and his colleagues at the Halifax investment-firm-cum-startup-lab Ogden Pond have been working on developing the online portal in preparation for regulators approving equity crowdfunding. Now that that has been achieved, they are in discussions…

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22 Startups to Present at AVF

Critical Path Group has named the 22 companies that will present at the Atlantic Venture Forum and tell their stories to investors assembled from across the U.S. and Canada.

The third annual AVF, organized by Critical Path Group, will take place at the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax on June 10 and 11. The event brings together investors and entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada’s clean-tech, information technology and…

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Eye on KW: Plum Reprioritizes Hiring

Caitlin MacGregor is convinced the recruiting profession has its priorities backward, and she and her colleagues at Plum Inc. are determined to put them right.

Plum is a Waterloo-based startup that helps companies or other employers find the right employees based on their character rather than skill set or history. That is important because research published recently in Forbes magazine has shown that half of new employees only last in their…

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Woodland: Lawyer Turned Entrepreneur

As a lawyer, Mandy Woodland specializes in offering entrepreneurs affordable legal advice. Now, she’s also CEO of Caetum, a tech startup that aims to make clinical research easier and more successful.

Woodland said Caetum will create a cloud-based application for budgeting and organizing clinical trials that will be cheaper, easier to use and offer better predictive analysis than competing products.

“Our product…

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PropelICT Names 33 Cohort Members

Six diverse startups from around the region have been accepted into the PropelICT Build program this summer, headlining a record intake of 33 companies in the accelerator’s sixth cohort.

The PropelICT accelerator has grown into a two-tier system that operates in four cities. The flagship is the Build program in Moncton for more advanced companies, led by former Propel Executive Director Trevor MacAusland.

Younger companies…

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StockCalc Modernizes Stock Analytics

An intriguing company in Miramichi, N.B., will soon let people not only analyze publicly listed stocks by themselves but help more qualified users sell their analysis reports to others.

Patchell Brook Equity Analytics Inc. has developed a tool that allows people who follow the market to analyze publicly traded companies based on fundamental valuations. The results can be shared with others, and soon the company will provide a…

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CarbonCure Closes $3M Round

Green building materials maker CarbonCure Technologies has closed a $3 million round of funding, which it will use to launch its new ready-mix product. The Halifax company expects the funding will last until it reaches profitability, likely next year.

First-time investor Pangaea Ventures, a Vancouver venture capital firm specializing in advanced materials, led the round with…

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Entrevestor Luncheon Slated for Sydney

An Entrevestor Luncheon sponsored by BDO will be held on June 5 in Sydney, giving startup community members a chance to discuss the next phase of ecosystem development in Cape Breton.

The Entrevestor Luncheon, sponsored by the accountancy and advisory services firm BDO, will be held at the Verschuren Centre at Cape Breton University beginning…

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Sturgeon Named to Propel Post

Al Sturgeon, product marketing manager at Radian6/Salesforce in Fredericton, has been named Propel ICT’s second Entrepreneur In Residence.

Propel ICT—which advertises on Entrevestor—is an Atlantic Canadian accelerator for startups. It hosts Build, a Moncton-based accelerator for mature companies, and Launch, which is for seed-stage startups and is in Halifax, Fredericton and St. John’s.

A blog post on the…

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Swell Advantage Set to Launch

As mariners launch their boats this season, Iaian Archibald and Craig Sheppard are launching a mobile app to help them enjoy their time on the oceans more.

The co-founders of Swell Advantage have set June 1 for the official launch date for their app that tells boaters about the environment, their surroundings and helps them connect with other boaters. Swell Advantage is expected to be available for iPhones in the App Store by the…

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Eye on KW: 3D Printing With Paste

Having established itself as the leader in hardware for 3D printing soft materials, Structur3d Printing of Kitchener is now raising capital to help it expand into commercializing the materials themselves.

Structur3d was started by materials researchers Charles Mire and Andrew Finkle to add a new dimension – admittedly, a poor choice of words – to the 3D printing craze. Their Discov3ry Paste Extruder allows anyone with…

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Trevor MacAusland to Join 3Plus

Trevor MacAusland will bring fresh perspectives largely gained from the startup world to his new role as Director of Business Development for 3Plus Corp., the economic development agency for Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview.

PropelICT announced Friday that MacAusland would be leaving his post as Vice President of Business Development at the East Coast tech accelerator to take the new job at 3Plus. For years,…

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Munro Envisions Medtech Hub

Chad Munro sees a lot of potential in Atlantic Canada’s medical technology sector, but it needs more players and more of an ecosystem for the benefits to be realized.

The financial rewards can be great, but there are many challenges in building a medtech company, including the long and expensive regulatory process and defending intellectual property.

Munro, the CEO of Halifax Biomedical, said the right investment…

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NS, NB Approve Equity Crowdfunding

Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are two of six provinces that announced Thursday they will allow entrepreneurs to raise equity capital through crowdfunding.

Equity crowdfunding – soliciting equity investments from a range of individuals through an online campaign – has been studied by regulators in Canada and the U.S. for several years. Finally this year, regulators have decided that investors can be protected while allowing companies to raise capital through crowdfunding campaigns.

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Coaching Summit Set for Shediac

The Atlantic Branch of the International Coaching Federation, or ICF, will hold its annual conference in Shediac, N.B., next week.

The 3nd annual ICF Atlantic Summit at the Shediac Multi-Purpose Centre on May 20-21 will feature the theme of Ride the Wave of Coaching. It is geared to professional coaches, those interested in becoming coaches, and other professionals who use coaching…

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NL Innovation Week Starts Tuesday

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Innovation Week will take place May 19 to 22 in St. John’s, featuring 15 events through four days. Each event will incorporate this year’s theme – Propelling Innovation.

This is only the second annual Innovation Week, but more than 1,200 people are expected to come to the various events. Innovation Week aims to encourage Newfoundlanders to get involved with the province’s…

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Press Release: Kinduct & Stats.com

Kinduct Technologies, the Halifax medical-technologies company, has issued the following press release:

Kinduct partners with STATS.com

Leader in athlete management solutions extends it service offerings by integrating with STATS.com  

HALIFAX, NS – May 8, 2015 -- Kinduct Technologies announced today a new partnership with sports analytics powerhouse Continue Reading

Press Release: SimplyCast Q1 Growth

SimplyCast, the Dartmouth multi-channel marketing company, has issued the following press release:

SimplyCast Achieves Impressive Q1 Growth

Marketing automation users have grown by over 650% from Q1 of last year.

The Partnership Program has achieved growth of 310% since Q1 2014.

Automation customer retention rate is at 100% as of the end of March 2015.

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, May 12,…

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TownSquare Targets Democracy Gap

When Taylor Quinn chatted with Premier Stephen McNeil last November, he didn’t know the discussion would soon lead to the launch of a startup in Toronto to encourage greater participation in democracy.

Quinn is a Dalhousie University student and serial entrepreneur, and he’s co-founder of TownSquare, which aims to encourage a more meaningful discussion between politicians and government…

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Eye on KW: Silqe’s Financial Analysis

A startup company in Kitchener is now working with about 200 sample clients to test software that could revolutionize the way people analyze publicly traded companies.

Silqe – the second financial technology startup co-founded by CEO Ben Bittrolff – has developed software that lets the user quickly and easily extract data from all financial statements filed with regulators in the U.S.

Yep, ALL financial statements.

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Mycodev Raises $500K from NBIF

The interesting thing about the $500,000 financing of Mycodev Group announced on Wednesday is the company is working with other startups to develop a whole new niche market.

Mycodev’s development will depend to some extent on how quickly these clients can increase demand for the Fredericton company’s product – high-quality chitosan.

“We have some really great early adopters,” said CEO Brennan…

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Philip LeBlanc: Artist-Turned-Maker

Designer Philip LeBlanc could probably make his living from his art, but the founder of the Fredericton Makerspace focuses on design because he believes improving it will transform our lives.

“Design is essentially making decisions and acting on them; I think design should play a larger role in innovation,” said LeBlanc, an interdisciplinary designer whose skills include graphic design and silkscreen printing.


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Clean Simple Plots Growth in Ottawa

When Michael Brown discussed the $300,000 in funding that cleaning company Clean Simple is closing, he wanted to highlight that part of the investment came from the parents of one of his cleaners.

“We thought it was fantastic,” the CEO said in an interview Tuesday. “Our slogan is that we focus on our cleaners so they can focus on you, and this speaks volumes for the relationship we have.”

The Halifax…

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CyberPsyc Breaks Into US Market

With its list of clients growing, CyberPsyc Software Solutions has broken into the lucrative U.S. market.

The five-year-old Fredericton startup, whose software helps organizations improve the mental health of this members, has secured HCL America, an IT consulting and services company, as its first corporate client. And Founder and CEO Darren Piercey said CyberPsyc, which so far has been selling mainly to universities, has a strong pipeline…

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BlueLight Partners with 3M Division

BlueLight Analytics has secured another major distribution partner for its main product, which helps dentists ensure they use optimal energy when curing the resin in fillings.

3M ESPE, a Canadian division of the American conglomerate The 3M Co., announced Tuesday it has partnered with BlueLight to distribute the Halifax company’s checkMARC product across Canada.

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GoFullSteam Is Free For NS Clients

Emily Richardson has taken Ray Ivany’s targets to heart.

Richardson is the Founder and CEO of Halifax-based GoFullSteam, a startup developing a series of tools that can help small businesses plan and execute the early stages of their development. The online product includes tools that help business people with their pitches, their business plans and their financial projections.

Richardson and her team – CTO Deepika…

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Press Release: DNS, HCC Team Up

Digital Nova Scotia, the association representing ICT in the province, issued the following press release:

Digital Nova Scotia and Halifax Convention Centre Form New Partnership to Attract National and International ICT Events

HALIFAX, May 5, 2015 – Digital Nova Scotia (DNS), the industry association for the Province’s fastest growing sector, and the Halifax Convention Centre (HCC) announced…

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Press Release: SimplyCast Aids Grads

SimplyCast, which has developed a multi-channel marketing platform, has issued the following press release:

SimplyCast Rolls Out Student Loan Repayment Program for New Employees

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, May 5, 2015 - SimplyCast.com, a global leader in multi-channel marketing Platform-as-a-Service solutions, is excited to announce the launch of the new Student Loan Repayment Program.

The program helps…

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Timbre Cases Prepares to Launch

Timbre Cases, the Fredericton startup dedicated to making the best guitar cases available, announced funding Monday that will finance its final push to get a product into the market.

Founded by music aficionado Peter McMath, Timbre Cases will soon launch the DNone, an upmarket acoustic guitar case that’s aimed at music professionals. McMath said he will soon reveal a few high profile endorsements for the product, but he’s…

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Press Release: Startup Hfx Bootcamp

Startup Canada Halifax, the Halifax chapter of the national organization Startup Canada, has issued the following press release:

Startup Canada Halifax engages local entrepreneurs in initiative to reduce startup failure through financial literacy

Startup Canada Halifax is convinced that Entrepreneur financial literacy is a key element in generating jobs and revenue for the Nova Scotia.

On May 7th…

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Eye on KW: Wagepoint Surges in US

Having settled into its new Waterloo office and expanded into the U.S., Wagepoint is on a roll with its base of paying clients soaring to 900 in the last year.

Founded originally in Nova Scotia, Wagepoint offers an affordable solution to help businesses perform all the tasks associated with payroll through a single platform. That means that small and medium-sized businesses can use Wagepoint to pay employees, deduct taxes, keep records…

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Curwin Prepares to Begin Production

With California’s drought raising concerns about food supply, Gregg Curwin is well placed to begin producing leafy greens out of his indoor farm near Truro.

Many of Atlantic Canada’s vegetables are grown in California. Curwin, president and CEO of TruLeaf Smart Plant Systems, said that’s problematic.

Nutrients are lost during transit and storage, and California’s drought is highlighting the vulnerability to supply disruptions.

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Press Release: NBIF Funds Research

The New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, the agency responsible for developing innovation in the province, has issued the following press release:


FREDERICTON, N.B.—The New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF) today announced $1.4 million to fund 111 graduate and 62 undergraduate student researchers at five post-secondary institutions across the province,…

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Entrevestor Ends Sponsorship Era

As of today, Entrevestor has no sponsorship from government.

Since we began almost four years ago, this website and its quarterly Entevestor Intelligence reports have been dedicated to reporting on and promoting the Atlantic Canadian startup community, and telling the stories of its entrepreneurs.

We began in 2011 financing our journalism with sponsorship from a few government organizations and universities. We continued to have sponsors for our publications until yesterday. Our…

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East Coast Startups Must Think IPO

There’s a new trend developing in Canadian technology, and it ain’t happening in Atlantic Canada.

This is the year of the tech initial public offering in Canada, with companies like Shopify, Hootsuite, Stingray and Vision Critical likely to list their shares on public markets. In an IPO, a company selling shares on a stock exchange for the first time after a rigorous regulatory approval process.

These companies are generally more advanced than any Atlantic Canadian…

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HotSpot Enters US with Passport

HotSpot Parking is moving into the U.S. in partnership with Charlotte, N.C.-based mobile payments specialist Passport – a move that will soon increase HotSpot’s accessible market by 100 times.

The Fredericton startup announced Tuesday that it has struck a partnership with Passport under which the North Carolina company will use Hotspot’s technology to link merchants…

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Ooka Island Launches Web Product

Ooka Island, the P.E.I. software company dedicated to teaching children to read, has launched the web-based version of its program in time for Charlottetown’s Reading Town week starting on Saturday.

The company, which hired a new CEO and raised capital last year, has competed a year-and-a-half of work on a new product and website. Both will be launched this weekend as part of the reading celebration in Charlottetown.


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EoY, Propel, Metabridge Deadlines

The hours are ticking down to the deadlines to apply for a few of the country’s leading entrepreneurship or startup happenings  -- the EY Entrepreneurs of the Year competition, PropelICT's next cohort  and metabridge.

April 30 is the deadline to enter the EY Entrepreneur of the Year competition. This annual extravaganza picks…

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Fiddlehead Raises Funds, Begins Pilot

Two veterans of the New Brunswick startup scene are gaining traction with a new data-based product they hope one day will reduce global food waste.

David Baxter and Shawn Carver – both known for their work as mentors – have spent more than two years getting Fiddlehead Technology off the ground. The startup has developed Forecast Guardian, which helps food companies forecast the demand for food, helping to ensure…

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Press Release: CarbonCure’s Traction

CarbonCure Technologies, the Halifax-based maker of green building materials, has issued the following press release:

Mutual Materials propels green masonry movement forward with CarbonCure partnership

Cleantech company partners with second producer in Pacific Northwest .

One of the Pacific Northwest’s longest serving masonry producers is set to install CarbonCure’s CO2 sequestration…

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Metamaterial Raises At Least $3.1M

Metamaterial Technologies Inc. has closed a $3.1 million round of funding, which will help the Dartmouth company with its ambitious plans to establish a metamaterials R&D and pilot production facility in Nova Scotia.

The company – which has developed revolutionary materials that deflect, enhance or absorb light -- has raised $2 million from Innovacorp. It comprises…

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Eye on KW: Rev Targets Growth Stage

It’s strange -- and certainly refreshing – to hear the program manager of a tech accelerator say he doesn’t really care whether startups get any investment once they graduate from his course.

In fact, Sam Legge hopes the 10 companies now going through Rev at Kitchener-based Communitech won’t need to.


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Press Release: Bluteau DeVenney Relaunches

Bluteau DeVenney, a Halifax-based business consultancy, has issued the following press release:

Bluteau DeVenney Resets, Rebrands and Renews

Halifax, Nova Scotia, April 23, 2015.  Bluteau DeVenney and Company announced today that they have shifted their focus to growing companies through their new custom programs.   “We want to support more entrepreneurs to build high-growth companies…

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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:


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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