Businesses Must Be Welcoming

Imagine a house. All your life, you're told you don't belong in that house, and the doors are locked. In order to enter the house, you have to look, act, and talk like the people who live there.

Imagine one day they open up the doors and windows and ask each other, “Why is no one coming in?” Imagine you walk in, and the people inside don’t think you deserve to be there. Imagine you speak, but no

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Technow Named BioAlliance Chair

​Oliver Technow, CEO of Charlottetown-based BioVectra, was named the new chair of the PEI BioAlliance’s board of directors on Monday.

Technow has been a member of the board of the life sciences industry association since 2017. BioVectra, which manufactures ingredients for prescription drugs, was sold last year to U.S. Private Equity firm H.I.G. Capital for about C$330 million.

The BioAlliance

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AVSS Lands Funding from Japan VC

New Brunswick drone parachute manufacturer Aerial Vehicle Safety Solutions announced Monday that it had inked an investment deal with Japanese specialty venture capital firm Drone Fund.

The agreement, which took less than three months to negotiate and finalize, is part of an ongoing fundraising round that will include both equity and debt financing.

Aerial Vehicle Safety Solutions, or AVSS,

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Women’s Fund Fights Racism

The Atlantic Women’s Venture Fund will serve as the East Coast representative for the newly formed Coalition of Innovation Leaders Against Racism, a national group that announced its formation Monday.

The coalition’s mandate is to advance the interests of non-white entrepreneurs by attempting to influence policy at large institutions. Its nationally distributed membership includes executives

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What Awaits #Startupeast in the 2nd Half?

It seems ironic that the term “2020” is a synonym for perfect vision. As we reach the halfway point of the year 2020, I couldn’t imagine a foggier view of things.

As the Atlantic Canadian startup community looks to the second half of the year, there are so many reasons to be pessimistic – almost as many as there are to be optimistic.

Will this column clarify things? Fat chance.  In 2020, if

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Data Shows Blacks, First Nations Under-Represented in Startups

When Ross Simmonds wrote an opinion piece for Entrevestor this month, he called for data on inclusivity in the Atlantic Canada startup community – a demand we’re now trying to meet.

An examination of the Entrevestor Databank indicates that Black and Indigenous communities from Atlantic Canada are under-represented in the region’s startup sector. I say “indicates” because we haven’t canvassed

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Jobs: Developer at Dash Hudson

Halifax-based social media analytics company Dash Hudson is hiring a Full Stack Developer, which is our Job of the Week posting this week.

Dash Hudson is a visual marketing Software-as-a-Service company that helps its clients increase engagement on their social media platforms. Its software, called Vision, is a one-stop spot for clients to manage, source and engage with the traffic of their

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Startup Genome Omits Region from Emerging Ecosystem List

Startup Genome, the Silicon Valley group that assesses startup ecosystems around the world, has ranked the 100 top emerging ecosystems in its 2020 report, and Atlantic Canada failed to make the list.

The organization last year ranked Atlantic Canada as the No. 4 best ecosystem in the global “activation phase”, the category for young ecosystems with small startup communities.  Startup Genome this

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Broadening our Entrepreneurial Circles

Minority and newcomer entrepreneurs bring incredible ideas and innovations to our society and economy but face significant barriers to reaching the same level as other members of this ecosystem. Atlantic Canada prides itself on close-knit communities and familiar faces. This is a benefit when you’re on the inside of those networks, but can be a barrier for entrepreneurs who are unfamiliar with

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