Chinese investor Victor Chu is heading a new $50 million venture capital fund to be established in Nova Scotia, which will invest in growth-stage companies.Continue Reading
The following is my submission to the Nova Scotia Finance Minister on the province's tax review, which I sent yesterday:
Dear Ms. Whalen,
I’m writing you during your budget consultation process to encourage you to liberalize the Equity Tax Credits, which is essential for sustaining the fastest growing segment of the Nova Scotia economy.
I join Jevon MacDonald in his call for a minimum investment ceiling of $250,000 and…Continue Reading
A campaign is afoot to persuade the Nova Scotia government to increase its incentives for private investment in the fastest-growing segment of the economy.
The digital and startup communities in Nova Scotia want the Finance Department to liberalize Equity Tax Credits for high-growth companies, including startups.
Any column discussing both taxation and technology…Continue Reading
East Coast Startup Week will be held once again this year in Fredericton spanning the week of the Breakthru Dinner.
Breakthru, the biennial competition organized by the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, will hold its awards dinner March 19 at Fredericton Convention Centre. The highlight of the dinner – of the week, in fact – will…Continue Reading
Dalhousie University’s Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship has issued the following press release:
AGRIFOOD STARTUP WEEKEND IN TRURO A BIG SUCCESS
January 21, 2015 (Truro) - Last weekend, students and professionals from across Nova Scotia came together on Dalhousie University’s Agricultural Campus for Startup Weekend Truro. The event was co-hosted by Dalhousie University’s Norman…Continue Reading
Nova Scotia’s digital technologies industry is booming, but the workforce lacks diversity.
That’s something Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, president and CEO of Digital Nova Scotia, is working to change.
Incorporated in 1989, it is a non-profit that strives to promote Nova Scotia’s $2.5-billion digital industry; this figure includes the $1.5-billion industry itself and $1 billion in spinoff benefits.
Information and…Continue Reading
EOLIO, a Halifax company that helps people with their personal online branding, has issued the following press release:
Halifax Partnership and Local Start-up eOLIO Announce Partnership
HALIFAX, NS – January 22, 2015: The Halifax Partnership announced today a partnership with local start-up eOLIO, its first start-up partner and newest investor.
The Halifax Partnership…Continue Reading
The greatest thing about Matt’s Got Balls is obviously the company’s name, but a close second may be its margins.
The Fredericton startupis the brainchild of Matt Vance, a University of New Brunswick engineering student with a blazing passion for golf. He has teamed up with his father, Kevin, and fellow student Josh Ogden to produce a business that retrieves golf balls from golf course water hazards and sell them online.
“What we’re developing now…Continue Reading
Accreon, one of the largest tech consultancies in Atlantic Canada, is restructuring its ownership and leadership through a leveraged management buyout involving the Boston-based private equity firm, Mansa Capital.
Fredericton-based Accreon, which specializes in information technology for the healthcare industry, issued a statement on Tuesday saying it is in the final stages of the buyout. It did not reveal the…Continue Reading
To reflect the evolution of its business model, Swapskis is changing its name to Vendeve.
The Halifax startup began last year with the mission of helping women barter their skills with one another, so they could build up resumés and networks and eventually charge real cash for their services. Last summer, Founder and CEO Katelyn Bourgoin realized a better way to generate revenue for the business would be to be a cash-based market place for…Continue Reading
SageCrowd, a Halifax startup that develops online networks for personal improvement authors, has issued the following press release:
SAGECROWD BRINGS ITS LEARNING SCIENCES TO BOSTON’S LEARNLAUNCH EDTECH ENTREPRENEURSHIP CAMPUS
Halifax, January 21, 2015 – Today sageCrowd announced it has agreed to join Boston’s influential edtech incubator LearnLaunch. In the agreement sageCrowd will become an advisor to…Continue Reading
Current Studios is enjoying its best quarter of business ever largely because of two digital games it’s developed.
One aids children’s health care, and the other ties in with new bedding on the market. If they have one common trait, it’s that they’re both a testament to the creativity of this Dartmouth company.
Current Studios began as Ad-Dispatch, a startup that specialized in augmented reality. That lets you…Continue Reading
Here are three adjectives to describe the 2015 cohort of the Breakthru startup competition in New Brunswick: diversified, experienced and keen.
Breakthru, the biennial competition organized by the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, held its bootcamp on Saturday, which is the one time during the half-year-plus process that all the participants get together in one place.
NBIF this year received…Continue Reading
A month after revealing it’s attracted an impressive set of investors, Qimple has been accepted into one of the best-known accelerators in the world.
The Moncton online recruitment company is one of about 30 startups that will attend the coming cohort of 500 Startups in San Francisco.
Qimple CEO Yves Boudreau found out Monday that his company had been accepted, and he leaves Saturday to attend the 14-week program.…Continue Reading
SimplyCast, the Dartmouth-based multi-channel marketing startup, has issued the following press release:
SimplyCast Introduces Free CRM Solution and Sales Pipeline Acceleration Tool
SimplyCast is launching its own powerful customer relationship management solution, SimplyCast CRM.
SimplyCast CRM enables businesses to track and manage customers and leads with detailed personal profiles that are dynamically updated…Continue Reading
With its core social network for students reaching a critical mass, Equals6 launched a new product this week that helps universities co-ordinate their mentoring networks.
The Halifax startup has just introduced Students2Mentors, a cloud-based platform that streamlines the creation and management of mentorship programs.
The company has set up students2mentors.com, and universities and colleges can develop…Continue Reading
Deloitte, the international accountancy and business consultancy, has released its 2015 predictions on technology, media and telecommunications, and launched its Canadian roadshow to showcase them.
Ahead of the tour making two stops in Atlantic Canada next week, we’re publishing their predictions below.
Duncan Stewart, the Director of TMT Research at Deloitte Canada, will present the predictions Monday at 8:15 am at the Cineplex…Continue Reading
By this summer, a new startup based in Sydney hopes to be producing gold nano particles to be used in the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue cancers.
SONA Nano Tech recently won $50,000 in Innovacorp’s Spark competition and is using the money to establish itself in the Sydney startup community. The company is now working at raising $300,000 to $500,000 with which it…Continue Reading
The Acadia Institute for Data Analytics will host a symposium next Tuesday on the use of data analysis for small and medium-sized businesses.
Cathy Simpson, the Vice-President of Marketing at T4G, will be the keynote speaker at the Productivity & Competitiveness for SMEs through Data Analytics Seminar, which will be held from noon to 4:30 pm at the Clark Common at Acadia University.
Simpson was…Continue Reading
UIT is a new technology and entrepreneurship program championed by Gavin Uhma, the CBU graduate who went on to co-found GoInstant, one of Nova Scotia’s most successful startups. The program offers free tuition to 12 students, divided…Continue Reading
Since we reported on the federal government’s Scientific Research and Experimental Development program two months ago, we’ve heard a strong message from several Atlantic Canadian entrepreneurs. They’re angry at that their claims under the program are either being denied or held up in an appeal process that is taking too long to settle. The word “anger” may understate the sentiment. There’s…Continue Reading
Libbe Englander’s voice mail was a sign that fresh opportunities are brewing in the tech segment in Atlantic Canada.
On Tuesday, Englander called Entrevestor and left a message asking if we have a job board. She wanted to know because her company, Pharm3r (pronounced farmer) is hiring developers in the Halifax area.
Nothing unusual in that. Most companies I speak to are looking for programmers. What caught my interest is the fact that…Continue Reading
After the sale of one of his companies, Dartmouth entrepreneur Keith Gallant is focusing on the growth of his startup, Email Opened, by bringing in more capital and a new CEO.Continue Reading
Planet Hatch, the Fredericton-based startup hub, is hosting a three-day “pre-accelerator” to give novice entrepreneurs an introduction to the field.
The Startup Crash Course will take place on Jan. 31, Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 at Planet Hatch in Knowledge Park in Fredericton. Applications, which must be submitted by Jan. 20, are available here.
Entrevestor today is launching its second annual campaign to collect data from startups across Atlantic Canada, with the goal of again publishing metrics that are vital to the development of the startup community.
Last year, Entrevestor surveyed about 300 startups, promising confidentiality to all the respondents. We published the aggregated data free for everyone in our Entrevestor Intelligence reports and produced a premium analysis for paying customers.
We’re hoping startup…Continue Reading
Smartpods has raised $750,000 in equity financing to help it battle one of society’s great health problems: sitting.
The Dieppe, N.B., company makes tables that have work areas that automatically rise, fall and move from side to side to get users off their butts.
Its technology controls the movement of the working space, and it is finding customers among corporations and government.
Having graduated in November from the Launch36…Continue Reading
The startup actually became the 100th startup in Canada to receive convertible notes from the VC arm of the Business Development Bank of Canada after graduating from a Canadian accelerator. Fundmetric, which helps charities…Continue Reading
To understand what to watch in the Atlantic Canadian startup community in 2015, take a look at Avigilon Corp.
It’s not an Atlantic Canadian company. It’s a maker of high-resolution surveillance systems based in Vancouver. But Avigilon is the type of company that the startup cognoscenti are trying to develop on the East Coast, which makes it an interesting starting point for our outlook for 2015.
Basically, the regional startup community…Continue Reading
Happy 2015 to the Atlantic Canadian startup community.
We hope all of you have had a relaxing and happy holiday season and are ready to do and witness incredible things in 2015.
We're pumped about what lies ahead of us in 2015. Entrevestor will continue to chronicle the development of the East Coast startup community, starting with our outlook for 2015 today. While it focuses on a single Atlantic Canadian issue, the big change for Entrevestor in the next few months…Continue Reading
Our greatest hope today is that your holidays are happy and that your undertakings in 2015 will be fruitful and fun.
For many of us in the Atlantic Canadian startup family, 2014 was great year. The biggest achievement was probably PropelICT crushing its target for Launch36, but it was not alone. There was the $60 million funding by Verafin, and exits by UserEvents, Compilr, Newpace and G2 Research. There was CAIP funding for PropelICT and the PEI BioAlliance. There was the inaugural Startup…Continue Reading
At the Enactus world championships in Beijing in October, Jonathan King and his team came tantalizingly close to once again bringing home the trophy as the world’s top social entrepreneurship program for university students.Continue Reading
Matthew Stenback and Adam Puddicombe returned to St. John’s this month from three months of intense mentorship at the FounderFuel accelerator with a new target market for their company Brownie Points.
The two former business students from Memorial University in Newfoundland were among the first Atlantic Canadians to attend the Montreal-based accelerator. During the intense course, they learned the…Continue Reading
Deloitte, one of the Big Four global accounting firms, has agreed to buy Fredericton-based tech consultancy SwiftRadius, marking the second time this year an accounting practice has bought an Atlantic Canadian tech company.
The companies did not reveal the value of the deal, only saying it will close in January. In May, Saint John-based Ambir Solutions, one of Atlantic Canada’s leading technology…Continue Reading
The Starting Point conference is designed to bring together student entrepreneurs and educate them in fundraising, developing ideas, social entrepreneurship,…Continue Reading
Denis Kay has been a scientist for a long time, but he’s most thrilled by his current role working on a promising drug for Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s is an escalating problem in aging societies. It’s estimated that the worldwide annual market for Alzheimer’s drugs is already $3.8 billion, although the cost to society is far greater.
“Sometimes I can’t sleep at night because of my excitement over the drug and working for a small biotech…Continue Reading
Caetum, a Halifax company that emerged from St. Mary’s University’s graduate program for startups, is preparing to launch an online product next year aimed at solving a huge pain for clinical researchers.
The company is producing a digital platform that helps clinical research sites budget for their projects, something that can be a surprisingly large challenge.
Though there is software on the market that helps with such tasks, it is…Continue Reading
A few years ago, my partners and I at Rho Canada Ventures began to notice the opportunities occurring in Atlantic Canada, and I started spending more time here.
Today, we feel really lucky I did.
We’ve found a rich vein of tech companies on the East Coast, and we were able to invest in them before many of our competitors had heard of them.
We set up Rho Canada in Montreal in 2006 with the vision of establishing a truly national…Continue Reading
QRA, a Halifax startup that helps manufacturers detect design problems, has become the first Canadian company accepted into the headquarters of Disruption Corp., a support facility based in Washington, D.C.
Disruption, founded eight months ago by globetrotting startup backer Paul Singh, announced…Continue Reading
A diverse group of entrepreneurs — from a 15-year-old to a group of nursing students to a pair of St. Francis Xavier University professors —have been named winners of the second annual Spark Cape Breton entrepreneurship competition.
Innovacorp, the provincial innovation agency, has announced eight winners will divide the total prize money of $200,000, up from six winners in the first competition last year.
Innovacorp, the Atlantic…Continue Reading
When he was working as a chemist in Iran, Mostafa Aghaei developed a solution from natural polymers that successfully combatted the erosion and movement of sand dunes – a huge problem in the desert nation.
When he came to Canada three years ago, he became an entrepreneur and began looking for local applications for his unique nanocoil product; a natural solution that becomes a fixative when it hardens.
And now he’s on the right track. Aghaei’s company, Biopolynet…Continue Reading
After a career spent proving his adaptability, Gary Dinn is now focused on preparing Atlantic Canadian companies for the global market through his role at a regional mentoring group.
Dinn has recently taken over as CEO of Propel-ICT, the group that runs Launch36, the biggest business accelerator east of Montreal.
Under the banner Propel 2.0, Dinn and his team are aiming to launch 420 startups over the next five years. Some of these will come from…Continue Reading
The New Brunswick Innovation Foundation’s current Breakthru competition will be dramatically bigger than the 2013 edition, both in terms of number of participants and total prizes.
The New Brunswick innovation agency announced this morning that it received applications for the biennial startup competition from 62 teams representing 108 entrepreneurs from all over New Brunswick. In the 2013 event, there were 47 entries.
The total prizes will…Continue Reading
The online cottage rental platform did just that this week, and the “international” part is convincing because the company began life in Iceland.
The tech startup, which is in the process of raising $1…Continue Reading
Though it was a holiday, Pablo Asiron felt distinctly un-festive.
It was -40 Celsius outside. He was in a land where he didn’t understand the language, or even the lettering on the street signs. And his dinner that night consisted of a Snickers bar he found in his suitcase.
For the sake of a sale, the CEO of Riverview, N.B.-based RtTech Software had come to a small mining town in Kazakhstan in December 2012 to view the facility.…Continue Reading
Wagepoint, which has developed a SaaS payroll product, has issued the following press release. The company is a former Volta member, and still has a development team in Nova Scotia.
Wagepoint Announces $2 Million in Seed Funding to Expand US Small Business Market Presence and Product Lines
Led by Extreme Venture Partners, with Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agencies (ACOA), and Canadian and US angel investors… Continue Reading
Halifax mobile game producer Orpheus Interactive will soon release the game version of the wildly popular Sons of Anarchy television series, having reached a deal with Fox Digital Entertainment last year.
Orpheus and Fox issued a statement Monday announcing…Continue Reading
There have been a flood of reminders in the past week of how the region’s universities are developing entrepreneurship programs, each staking out a distinct turf.
Dalhousie and St. Mary’s both held demo-days for student startup teams last week. The Genesis Centre at Memorial University of Newfoundland held a graduation party for SubC Imaging, a tenant company that makes imaging products for underwater remotely operated vehicles. There was a seminar on Big Data…Continue Reading
The federal government on Friday placed the dollar amount on its contribution to Propel ICT at as much as $2.9 million over five years.
The government previously said the New Brunswick-based operator of the Launch36 accelerator would receive funding under the National Research Council’s Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program, or CAIP. However, it had never said how much the accelerator…Continue Reading
New Brunswickers at the earliest stages of forming a startup have a day left to get their entry into the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation’s Breakthru competition.
The deadline to get your entry in for the biennial startup competition is 11:59 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 9.
The Breakthru contestants will be competing for a total pool of prizes worth more than $500,000 in cash and in-kind…Continue Reading
Building a new business is a multi-faceted challenge, something Tukan Das and Sreejata Chatterjee, co-founders of social media analytics company Leadsift, have learned the hard way.
During its first 18 months, Leadsift struggled to hit its milestones for gaining clients and revenue. But since repositioning itself in December 2013, the company is seeing revenue growth of about 70 per cent a year.
The Halifax-based founders have refined the…Continue Reading
The big news about Qimple isn’t merely that it’s closing a $600,000 funding round when it’s barely a year old. It’s the dream team of investors and advisers that the online recruitment company has assembled.
Moncton’s Qimple, which graduated from the Launch36 accelerator in June, makes the hiring process easier for both recruiters and applicants due to its applicant tracking system and proprietary…Continue Reading
A couple of Atlantic Canadian startups are looking for your vote in their quest for a global startup award.
Robin Hood and Holla! are winners of recent Startup Weekend events and now they are competing in the Global Startup Battle, in which the public chooses the best SUW winner in the world. Voting closes today at 11:59 pm PST (which technically…Continue Reading
Tom Gilgan laughed and shook his head. “Oh no,” said the co-founder and CEO of G2 Research of Dartmouth. “We’re not a Radian6. But what we’re happy about is we did this with a company we started from nothing.”
The “this” Gilgan referred to was his geo-location software company’s successful sale to Track Group of Salt Lake City for $4.6 million in November.
The G2 Research sale…Continue Reading
When the three founders of G2 Research began to look for funding this past summer, they had no idea it would lead to a $4.6 million sale of the company by late November.
Yet Salt Lake City-based Track Group announced today that it paid that amount last week to buy the five-year-old Dartmouth company and gain access to its geo-location software…Continue Reading
Propel ICT is looking for a couple of experienced entrepreneurs to serve as entrepreneurs-in-residence in two centres in Atlantic Canada.
The organization that oversees the Launch36 accelerator hopes to have two entrepreneurs-in-residence in place in the near future to help work with startup founders on developing their businesses.
Propel began 11 years ago as a Saint John-based IT group, and has progressively spread across Atlantic Canada. …Continue Reading
Halifax, Nova Scotia, November 27, 2014 - Volta is pleased to announce that Iain Klugman, the President & CEO of Communitech has joined their Board of Directors. As the Halifax startup house prepares to move into the old Library, expanding the Board of Directors is a key element of the strategic plan. Iain’s experience in growing Communitech and the Waterloo Region startup community will bring valuable…Continue Reading
Fuelled by a desire to boost the number of people who can write computer code, Simon Gauvin has created Vizwik.com, a social platform that allows anyone to learn computer coding for free and to create and sell apps that work on any mobile phone browser.
Gauvin, 50, is CEO and co-founder of Moncton startup Agora Mobile. He said his cloud-based method of teaching coding uses graphical code, making it more accessible than competing products that use textual…Continue Reading
The Rounds, the Halifax startup that operates a social network for medical professionals, has added $565,000 in equity investment to its seed round, which it will use to accelerate its rapid growth.
Having launched its closed network for physicians in February, the company now says it is targeting having 26,000 doctors enrolled on the site by the end of 2014.
“This funding isn’t meant to extend our runway; it will be used to grow…Continue Reading
One subject that has cropped up increasingly in recent conversations about Atlantic Canada startups is the difficulty many have had this year with the federal government’s Scientific Research and Experimental Development program.
Known as SR&ED and pronounced “sred,” the program administered by the Canadian Revenue Agency has long been used by small and large Canadian companies to finance research…Continue Reading
Several startups this year have had trouble with the Scientific Research and Experimental Development program, walking away empty-handed from reviews with the Canada Revenue Agency.
So should startup founders even try to tap the program?
Yes, most definitely, say accountants and experts in financing startups.
But they quickly add two provisos. Founders should only apply if they’re in a business…Continue Reading
The Pond-Deshpande Centre at the University of New Brunswick has received $500,000 in funding from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, which will help to finance UNB’s new diploma in social entrepreneurship.
The Pond-Deshpande Centre is one of six Canadian institutions to receive “transformation” funding from the Montreal-based foundation to…Continue Reading
Nova Sun Power, a renewable energy company based in Pictou, N.S., has become the first Canadian solar company to secure BCorp certification and will soon complete the largest photovoltaic solar installation ever in Nova Scotia.
The company said in a statement Tuesday that the 30-kilowatt hour project is a partnership with the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’Kmaq and Millbrook First Nation. The project will…Continue Reading
Laurie and Layton Perrin are twin brothers originally from Parrsboro, N.S., who are developing a solution that could dramatically improve the speed and energy efficiency of most software on the market.
Their startup, Unified Software Technologies, is developing technology that, if successful, will be especially attractive to sectors requiring huge computing power, such as data analytics or cloud-based data storage. These industries are having problems because most software has difficulty…Continue Reading
GrowthWorks Atlantic Venture Fund, a labour-sponsored VC fund based in Halifax, issued the following press release:
GrowthWorks Atlantic Venture Fund Provides Update on Sales and Redemptions
November 20, 2014, Halifax, Nova Scotia – GrowthWorks Atlantic Venture Fund Ltd. (“Atlantic Fund”) reported today that it has suspended until further notice sales and…Continue Reading
ViTRAK Systems Inc., a Charlottetown startup commercializing a pressure-sensitive floor tile system, has raised as much as $2 million in funding from P.E.I. investors.
The company said in a press release yesterday the investors included the Regis Duffy Bioscience Fund and associated companies, but gave few other specifics of the funding round.
Founded by CEO Crystal Lavallée, the company…Continue Reading
Cracking the global marketplace is tough. Jean-Paul Deveau, president of Nova Scotia-based Acadian Seaplants has done it. He advises investing in research and development to create value-added products that clients will want to buy.
Founded in 1981, Acadian Seaplants is based in Dartmouth and exports value-added seaweed-based products to over 80 countries.
The company operates five manufacturing facilities and an R&D centre in…Continue Reading
Island Water Technologies is tackling environmental and financial problems that are troubling homeowners today and looming large for small Canadian towns in 2020.
Based in Montague, P.E.I., the company uses patented technology to treat water in septic systems serving people’s homes or small communities. While the focus in water treatment usually is on big plants in urban areas, there is an acute need for affordable solutions in rural areas…Continue Reading
A Nova Scotian panel reviewing tax policy has recommended the province double the ceiling for investments eligible for the equity tax credit to $100,000, and pays faint homage to the idea of a regional investment tax credit.Continue Reading
First Angel Network, the Halifax-based organization for angel investors, has formally announced a partnership with the Wilmington Investor Network of North Carolina, under which the members of each group will be invited to invest in the other’s portfolio companies.
FAN said in a statement today that most major cities have organized networks of angel investors, but this alliance creates Canada’s first formalized partnership with a U.S. network of angel investors.… Continue Reading
Though the minimum pledge in the crowdfunding drive is one dollar, the goal of the campaign is to get early purchases of its Dreadnaught guitar cases, which will ship in May.
Founded by music…Continue Reading
Southwest Nova Scotia -- November 19, 2014 – It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, a worldwide series of events celebrating innovators, job creators, and business startups. What better way to participate than by registering for Mashup Weekend, Southwest Nova’s biggest ever business creation weekend?
Mashup Weekend is for anyone interested in doing something to bring new ideas to life, regardless of age, background, and experience.…Continue Reading
Having resettled in Nova Scotia in May, Charlotte and Isak Rydlund wasted no time in starting their company, PACTA, and placing it among the hottest new startups in Atlantic Canada.
The partners in life and business got the idea in July for an online product that helped manufacturers manage their contracts. They joined the entry-level phase of the Launch36 accelerator in September and last week were chosen as one of the seven…Continue Reading
They were also the first successful applicants in the country under the program using the sponsorship of a venture capital fund, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation.… Continue Reading
The Launch36 Demo Day on Thursday night celebrated more than just pitches by seven of the 20 companies that passed through the Atlantic Canadian accelerator this autumn.
It celebrated the fact that PropelICT, which operates the accelerator, vastly out-performed the lofty goal it set for itself three years ago. And it laid out ambitious plans for the coming few years.
In the fall of 2011, the technology development organization that had developed…Continue Reading
Getting a business off the ground can be stressful, a fact that hit Mark Hobbs when he was invited to interview for the prestigious Google for Entrepreneurs tenancy program.
Unfortunately, the Halifax-based entrepreneur had less than 48 hours’ notice about the interview and no choice but to put the costs of the trip to the Google Canada headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario on his personal credit card.
But Hobbs, founder of…Continue Reading
Xiplinx Technologies Ltd., the Saint John company that helps manufacturing plant managers monitor data from around their factories, has landed about $700,000 in debt and grants from provincial and federal governments.
The company announced this week that it would receive a $500,000 loan from the provincial government and a combination of grants and loans from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities…Continue Reading
Pursu.it, the Halifax-based crowdfunding site for elite athletes, has issued the following press release:
Former Olympian Launches Crowdfunding Platform Pursu.it USA to Support US Athletes
November 10, 2014 – Washington, DC: On Thursday, November 13, Pursu.it USA, a nonprofit crowdfunding platform, will launch to support aspiring US athletes to raise the money necessary to fulfil their athletic dreams.…Continue Reading
To understand why Resson Aerospace landed $3 million in its first funding round, it’s important not to focus too closely on the word “Aerospace” in its name.
Many companies involved in data-based agricultural analytics are focused on using drones to gather data from fields. But Fredericton-based Resson is developing an integrated system, complete with machine learning, that helps farmers and agriculturalists improve production…Continue Reading
SimplyCast, the Dartmouth-based multi-channel marketing startup, has issued the following press release:
SimplyCast Secures $500,000 from the Government of Canada for Global Expansion Strategy
SimplyCast is expanding its customer base around the world with a $500,000 investment from Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, November 10, 2014 - SimplyCast.com, a global leader in multi-channel marketing…Continue Reading
Resson Aerospace took the term “accelerator” seriously.
In less than a year, it raced through three different accelerators (or incubators) that moulded the company that landed a $3 million funding today.Continue Reading
Resson Aerospace is a shining example of a precision agriculture startup, which means it’s devoted to using advanced systems and data analytics to increase crop yields while lowering expenses and pollution.
Precision agriculture is basically a textbook Big Data undertaking applied to farms of all sizes and sectors. By collecting a range of data from different points on a farm, precision agriculture identifies in real time what is happening…Continue Reading
While working on a contract for the University of Connecticut, he saw the digitized version of a manifesto written by Adolf Hitler. While carrying out a project for the University of Southern California, he’s…Continue Reading
SkySquirrel Technologies, the Halifax startup dedicated to drone-based technologies, issued the following press release:
VineView and SkySquirrel Debut Drone at Rootstock
Joint venture to display specialized drone
St. Helena, Napa Valley and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, November 2014 ---- VineView-SAI, Inc., a St. Helena-based remote sensing company established in 1999, is partnering with SkySquirrel Technologies…Continue Reading
It isn’t a medal or order,
It carries no ribbon or braid;
But a token still
As on Calvary’s Hill
Of the greater sacrifice made.
It stands as a lonely sentinel,
O’er the place where a hero sleeps;
‘Neath a lowly mount
In the shell-swept ground
Near the battered walls of Ypres.
It bears a simple legend
Yet a tale of lasting glory:
“Her lies…Continue Reading
Jordan Kyriakidis’s eyes light up and his voice rises when he talks about what the Internet of Things could mean to his company, QRA Corp.
During a recent interview, Kyriakidis outlined the possibilities of QRA’s technology, which helps machine manufacturers detect problems with their designs early in the development process. As machines grow more complex, with more digital and autonomous features, the attractiveness of the QRA technology is…Continue Reading
Unique Solutions of Dartmouth, whose technology scans the human body, has issued the following press release:
Former SVP of Global Search at Yahoo Joins Body Data Experts at Unique Solutions Design Ltd. as CEO
Leading Body Data Corp. Announces New CEO, Board of Directors and a Senior Advisor to Lead Growth in Body Data Information Technology
SILICON VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Unique Solutions…Continue Reading
B4Checkin, a Halifax startup that makes software for hotels, release the following press release:
Agilysys and B4Checkin Partner to Offer Web Booking Engine To Visual One™ PMS Customers
Solution Increases Conversion Rates, Drives Incremental Revenue, Boosts Loyalty
ALPHARETTA, GA. and HALIFAX, NS — Nov. 10, 2014 — Agilysys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AGYS), a leading provider of innovative information technology and hospitality software and services,…Continue Reading
Halifax-based Lamda Guard Inc. has been awarded the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership for its “unrivaled” solution to the problem of laser attacks on aircraft.
Lamda Guard, a subsidiary of Metamaterials Technology Inc., is developing…Continue Reading
Watzan, a New York startup devoted to enhancing searches in ecommerce and media websites, is expanding its presence in Halifax now that it is bringing in new clients.
Founder and CEO Charles Benaiah said in an interview the company is now building a development team in Nova Scotia and hopes that the city will host its full-time development division.
“People still ask me, ‘Why here?’”, said Benaiah, a native Torontonian…Continue Reading
Rachael Craig learned to love technology in childhood. Now she’s spearheading Brilliant Labs in Nova Scotia, as the Atlantic initiative that promotes technology to school kids gains traction within the province.
Craig, 31, has only been in her role as the Nova Scotia director of Brilliant Labs for the last month, but she is beginning to forge the kind of private and public partnerships that have made the group successful in neighbouring New…Continue Reading
Salubrian Health, an online platform that lets patients check whether their physician appointments are running on schedule, hopes to launch its product this month.
With the Halifax company’s product, a clinic’s administrative staff click a button every time the physician starts and ends an appointment. This information is available on the Salubrian Health website so patients know how long their wait will be and can plan…Continue Reading
Seven startups from around the region will present at the Propel ICT Demo Day next Thursday, including three that have leap-frogged from the entry-level group to the main stage.
Propel ICT, the regional startup development group that began in New Brunswick 11 years ago, will display the most promising companies from its restructured acceleration program, formerly known as…Continue Reading
Nearly four years ago, Trevor Poole told his partner he was certain he could quit smoking after 25 years if there were only a product that would just wean him off cigarettes gradually.
His partner, Hazel Harrison, set out to develop such a device and thus SNM Global Technologies Inc. was born.
SNM Global is a St. John’s-based company developing a little device that ensures smokers have a set number of cigarettes each day – and it gradually reduces the number.
The Newfoundland and Labrador government today unveiled a two-track policy to increase the equity funding of companies in Canada’s most easterly province.
Premier Paul Davis announced the program in a statement, confirming the previous announcement that the government of Newfoundland and Labrador would commit $10 million to Build Ventures, the Atlantic Provinces’…Continue Reading
Having already sold two companies to Research in Motion, Jay Steele and Shaun Johansen are launching a third startup product that they hope will find millions of users.
Bedford’s Eyeball Inc. is launching today its flagship product, a social network for mobile devices that lets those in the amateur sports community tell each other about their games. It is built in the knowledge that there are hundreds of millions of people involved in amateur…Continue Reading
When Bruce Balcom gives advice on the strategies to follow when publishing academic papers, history suggests it’s worth listening.
Balcom is the Canada Research Chair and the Director of the University of New Brunswick’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging Centre, and he’s been the author or co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications.
And he is a strong advocate of employing strategy when…Continue Reading