Applications Open for 2nd UIT Cohort

UIT, a startup immersion program at Cape Breton University, is accepting applications for 20 spots in the second year of the program, which runs from September to June.

Applications, which can be found here, are due this Friday.

UIT began last September and the 12 students in the first cohort learned simple coding and business methodologies through self-directed learning and conversations with mentors. All the curriculum materials are available free on the Internet.

UIT founder and lead

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Local Women Support SheEO Fund

Eight women banded together in Halifax Thursday night and brought the dream of a funding platform for female entrepreneurs a little closer to reality.

Halifax businesswomen Allyson England, Stefanie MacDonald and six others committed a total of $2,000 to the Act of Radical Generosity, a national program that aims to raise $1 million to help finance women-owned businesses. They had shown up at an information session about the program and ended up becoming the latest funders.

An Act of

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Ryan Tapping Into Medication Records

Growing up with a father and an aunt who both had Type 1 diabetes taught Halifax health entrepreneur Patti Ryan the importance of managing chronic conditions and medications.

Ryan is the co-founder and CEO of Health QR, the company behind an app that allows pharmacy clients to manage their health information and medications.

Legally, medication records belong to individuals, but the information is often hard to access and understand.

“We are mainly targeting the estimated 29 million

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Last Chance to Vote for Creator Program

You have a little more than a day to vote in the Great Big Gigabot Giveaway, so we’re asking one last time to vote for the Atlantic Canadian entry, The Creator Program.

Our daughter Cat Adalay has initiated this program for young teens in the Halifax area, starting in St. Margaret’s Bay. The program is teaching coding, the design and assembly of electronic circuits, and 3D design and 3D printing.

There are now three main projects in the running for the Gigabot Giveaway – an international

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No Entrevestor Next Week

There will be no Entrevestor posts next week.

Unless something truly earth-shattering is announced, we will be taking our annual late summer break. You’ll just have to get on with your lives without us.

Entrevestor will return on Monday August 31.

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Startup Empire Set for Sept. 24 in Halifax

Volta Labs, the Halifax startup house, has announced that it will hold its second annual Startup Empire event next month, featuring a range of speakers who have developed leading startups.

Held at the Park Lane Cineplex Theatre on Spring Garden Road on Sept. 24, Startup Empire is a one-day conference that will feature talks by entrepreneurs whose companies have been valued at hundreds of millions of dollars or more. And it will feature company showcases by the founders of up-and-coming

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Discussion of My Latest Book Sept. 1

I’d like to invite everyone who’s around Halifax on Sept. 1 to come out to my talk at the Central Library on my latest book.

The Jew Who Defeated Hitler: Henry Morgenthau Jr., FDR, and How We Won the War was published in the U.S. late last year, and this is my first public discussion of the book in Halifax.

There’s a large body of historians who believe the Second World War was the greatest event in human history, and this book examines a rarely discussed but all-important aspect of the

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Eye on KW: Kik Raises US$50M

Waterloo-based Kik Interactive has raised a US$50 million (C$65.3 million) strategic investment from Chinese tech giant Tencent, valuing the maker of the popular North American chat network at US$1 billion.

Kik said in a press release on Tuesday that the Series D financing will be used to double the size of the company. Tencent is creator of the chat app Weixin, or WeChat, which is extremely popular with young people in China.

The deal is significant because the capital and connections

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Press Release: BioInnovation Challenge

BioNova, the association of life sciences companies in Nova Scotia, has issued the following press release:

Semi-Finalists Chosen for BioInnovation Challenge

Halifax, NS – August 17, 2015 -- The semi-finalists have been chosen for the 2015 edition of The BioInnovation Challenge (BIC).

Scott Moffitt, Managing Director of BioNova, the host of BIC, announced today that a selection committee has chosen the semi-finalists who will take part in the program. The semi-finalists will receive

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Eye on KW: Bridgit & The Condo Boom

Mallorie Brodie and Lauren Hasegawa certainly had perfect timing when they decided to launch an app that improves efficiency in the construction industry.

The co-founders of Kitchener-based Bridgit decided to launch the product they call Closeout in Toronto in March 2014 amid one of the most explosive construction booms in the city’s history. And it didn’t hurt that their thorough research had identified a key point of pain for the industry.

The result: the company, which is going through

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