Drinkable Water Wins BUILD

Halifax wellwater testing startup Drinkable Water won the Emera ideaHUB's BUILD demo day Thursday, winning a $3,000 cash prize, while medical device maker Hollo Medical won the People's Choice Award, chosen by audience members.

Drinkable beat out a field of eight competitors – originally planned to be ten, but two founders could not pitch because of travel problems – by a panel of judges that

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Startup Data To Be Released June 14

We’re delighted to announce we’ll launch our 2021 Atlantic Canada Startup Data report at noon on June 14 in a live event at Volta, which will be streamed to people who can’t attend in person.

Our data has become the benchmark for the Atlantic Canadian startup community in recent years. Each year, we tally up the total number of startups, and assess their employees, funding and revenue, providing

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Pressto Raises $1.5M

New York- and Halifax-based education technology startup Pressto has raised a $1.5 million round of pre-seed funding led by Halifax’s Tidal Venture Partners, with New York edtech fund Copper Wire Ventures and a handful of angel investors also signing on.

Tidal Ventures, founded last year, is a pre-seed and seed-stage venture capital fund that invests specifically in Atlantic Canadian companies.

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ACOA Funds Five NS Startups

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency has announced a raft of funding deals for Nova Scotia companies, including five startups, as part of the federal government's Jobs and Growth Fund, created last summer to buttress the economic recovery after COVID-19.

ACOA is administering $70 million of the total $700 million fund, with investments focusing on environmentally friendly and socially

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Founders, BAIs Sought for Startupfest

Several startup organizations have come together to generate a major Atlantic Canadian presence at Startupfest in Montreal this summer and are branding the initiative Startup Atlantic.

In particular, the organizers are hoping business accelerators and incubators, or BAIs, will send representatives and that founders themselves will attend the event to network and promote their companies.


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PLATO Raises $2M, Working on $10M

Fredericton’s PLATO Testing, an Indigenous information technology services and training company, has raised $2 million from Vancouver-based Raven Indigenous Capital Partners and plans to roughly double its staff over the next year.

The deal is a step towards making good on a promise CEO Keith McIntosh made when he founded PLATO to eventually transfer majority ownership to Indigenous hands, since

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TechImpact Spearheads Employment Push for Ukrainians

TechImpact, a New Brunswick industry group for information technology, is at the forefront of a private sector movement in the province to help resettle and employ knowledge workers displaced by the war in Ukraine.

The organization has created a webpage with resources for both Ukrainian refugees and companies interested in hiring them, including a link to a provincial registry of employers

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