Adfinitum to Attend NY Accelerator

Adfinitum, the St. John’s-based advertising data bank, has learned that it is one of six companies invited to participate in the Canadian Technology Accelerator, or CTA, program in New York this summer.

The CTA is a three-month program organized by the Canadian Consulate in New York that will help six Canadian tech startups learn from the digital industries that have clustered in the largest U.S. city. The program offers communal office space for all the qualifying entrepreneurs, introductions to potential mentors and investors,  and support from the Trade Commissioner Service.

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OneLobby Gearing Up for NY Pitch

Two weeks from today, Jordan Smith will be in New York to present his startup OneLobby at the Plannertech conference, a leading event for conference organizers.

OneLobby is a young tech company based in Halifax that provides a social platform for attendees of large conferences, helping them to make meaningful connections with other attendees and presenters before, during and after the conference.

Having launched the company last year, Smith’s social media platform has already been used by six different events, and the feedback from the conference and participants has been great, he

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Multiple Winners in Cleantech Open

Mather Carscallen’s SABRTech Inc. won gold in Innovacorp’s CleanTech Open last week, but I’d like to unofficially award silver and bronze medals to the Atlantic provinces and Innovacorp.

The entire region (I was tempted to say Nova Scotia but prefer to take a regional view) is a winner because this international competition has developed stronger links with scientists, environmentalists, and, most importantly, sources of finance around the world. And it wouldn’t have happened if Innovacorp didn’t have imagination and courage.

A few years ago, the Nova Scotia government decided that

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3 Regional Startups Make Top 25

Three Maritime companies – GoInstant, TitanFile and VidCruiter -- that have yet to see their second birthday have been named to Branham Group Inc.’s list of Top 25 Canadian Up and Coming ICT Companies.

Ottawa-based Branham is a strategic consulting firm focused on technology, and it ranks hundreds of Canadian ICT companies, including 25 young companies that are ascending.

Listing its top newcomers alphabetically, it highlighted: GoInstant, the Halifax startup that allows users on different computers to work on one-another’s screens; TitanFile, the Dartmouth-based collaboration and

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Crowdfunding for the Arts

When country rock band The Divorcees launched their latest album Four Chapters at the East Coast Music Awards in their home town of Moncton this month, one partner they could have thanked was the crowdfunding site Kickstarter

 The band, which had previously won ECMAs, used the site to raise about $9,500, which they needed to complete the album.  After they finished touring last summer, they realized they hadn’t quite made enough money for their next project and then they heard about the crowdfunding site. It ended up helping them. 

“We’re really proud of the album and we were happy to

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Carscallen Wins Cleantech Open

Innovacorp has scoured the globe for the best cleantech startup anywhere and found it was located in its own back yard -- in a Dalhousie University lab.

Halifax-based SABRTech Inc. has won the $300,000 first prize in Cleantech Open, a competition open to green technology companies from around the world as long as they agree to establish their business in Nova Scotia.

SABRTech, formerly known as Marine Arctic and Antarctic Technologies, is developing a system to reduce the cost of developing biofuel from algae. Headed by Dalhousie PhD candidate Mather Carscallen, the company is

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New Direction for Eastern Maine

A few weeks ago, I found myself in a coastal area rich in universities and colleges, bursting with ambition, and actively trying to draw back residents who had moved away and improve an income level well below the national average.

Sound familiar? No, I wasn’t in Atlantic Canada but rather in an office in downtown Bangor, Maine, listening to the principals of Mobilize Eastern Maine outline their impressive plans to revitalize their region’s economy.

Maine has a bipolar economy. Most of its residents live in the affluent southern area, and census figures show that the disparity between

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C100UK: A Golden Opportunity

In 10 days, a group of Canadian expats in London will hold the official launch of C100UK, the British equivalent of C100 in Silicon Valley.

There has been relatively little hype about this new group since the Globe and Mail reported its advent in December, and I’m surprised there’s not more buzz about it in Atlantic Canada. I get that London is not Silicon Valley and if you want to be somebody in the tech world you have to make waves in suburban San Francisco. No arguments here. But the mission of the Atlantic Canadian innovation community should not be just to make waves in the tech

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2nd Act’s 1st Round Raises $1.1M

Innovacorp and GrowthWorks Atlantic are leading a $1.1 million first round of funding of 2nd Act Innovations, which will help the Halifax company develop a product for midsized customers.

The company, which has developed an advanced document-organization system called Oris4 Enterprise Content Manager, or ECM, has doubled its customer base since I last reported on the company in October, and CEO Andrew Doyle said 2nd Act  next year aims to raise about $5 million to $7 million.

Innovacorp, Nova Scotia’s innovation agency, and GrowthWorks, the venture capital fund, are each investing

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Guest Column: Jeff Thompson

Our Guest Columnist today is Jeff Thompson, (@thomjeff) of Fredericton, who exited his tech company Conseros when it was bought by Genesys in 2009. Jeff recently announced his departure from Genesys and is now a tireless and sage mentor (according to several people we know) with Launch36 and the Canadian Youth Business Foundation.

 By Jeff Thompson

The Atlantic region has long been a source of natural resources, including forestry. As a region we’ve been challenged to diversify our economies and ensure we have a place in the so-called new economy.

I heard the New Brunswick Government

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