ACOA Distributes $3.2M in NB, NS

In the last two days, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency has announced $3.2 million to help finance a new artificial intelligence fund in New Brunswick, Halifax’s Volta, and several Halifax-based tech startups.

The federal government’s East Coast economic development agency said on Wednesday it would contribute about $997,000 to a $3.2 million fund to develop artificial intelligence, or

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Cascadia Seaweed Preps for New Products

Having launched its seaweed-based spice at a food fair in November, British Columbia’s Cascadia Seaweed is ramping up to launch such new products as seaweed burgers and a cattle additive that can reduce bovine methane.

Founded four years ago in Sidney, just north of Victoria, Cascadia has been farming seaweed in B.C. coastal waters, often in partnership with First Nations bands. Having

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McGinley Joins CMO Accelerator

With a new coach, Jon McGinley, now sharing duties with Founder David Alston, New Brunswick's Marketswell Solutions has opened applications to a revised version of its CMO Accelerator.

The annual program, created by Alston last year, is aimed at helping managers with marketing-related jobs upgrade their skills. In the next four years, Marketswell aims to produce more than 25 grads capable of

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Energia Opens Applications for Spring Cohort

The University of New Brunswick’s Energia Ventures accelerator for energy, cleantech, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence companies is looking for applicants for its spring cohort.

The free accelerator, which is based in Fredericton at UNB’s J. Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management and Entrepreneurship, or TME, held annual cohorts in its first few years. Last year, TME doubled

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Keevill Named Mariner COO

Another telecommunications veteran is joining Mariner Partners. Chris Keevill, who previously worked as CEO of the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, is Mariner’s new Chief Operating Officer.

Mariner is the 270-person firm founded by former NBTel CEO and Aliant Telecom President Gerry Pond and a cadre of his collaborators. It serves as the umbrella corporation for a basket of other businesses,

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MacAulay Plots New Course for Startup Zone

Sheryl MacAulay, the freshly minted CEO of Charlottetown innovation hub Startup Zone, is readying a host of new partnerships and program offerings as the organization looks to expand its client base.

MacAulay was elevated to CEO while she was on maternity leave and began work Nov. 1. She was previously the Director of Policy and Communications for the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of

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Volta Names DiPaolo Talent Czar

As Atlantic Canadian startups continue to grapple with a skilled labour shortage, Halifax technology hub Volta has hired Candidate Hub CEO Brad DiPaolo to help its resident companies compete for employees.

DiPaolo co-founded Candidate Hub in 2020 with software developer Sebastien Aube. The two are in the process of dialing-in a minimum viable product that will use cookies and web-tracking to

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Innovacorp Seeks Accelerate Applicants

Innovacorp, Nova Scotia’s venture capital Crown corporation, is looking for applicants for its five Innovacorp Accelerate streams: bluetech, healthtech, agtech, cleantech and software.

The participating companies, which must have sales of less than $1 million and equity investment of less than $250,000, will each receive up to $40,000 in grants -- up from $25,000 for previous cohorts. They will

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Supercluster Eyes Next Mandate

With Canada’s Ocean Supercluster set to have its first mandate expire in 14 months, CEO Kendra MacDonald said in an interview that the organization is in “active talks” with the federal government about extending its operations.

Tasked by the federal government with fostering a sustainable and inclusive ocean economy, the Supercluster's first mandate calls for it to distribute $153 million over

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Job of the Week: Co-Founder at Practicare

Our Job of the Week column today features a job title we’ve never posted before: Co-Founder/Entrepreneur.

St. John’s-based Seafair Capital, a community investment company, is launching a new business called Practicare, a digital-first training platform for the community care sector. It wants to spin this business into an independent company and is looking for a Co-Founder to head the initiative.

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