Tyler Wish named a Canadian Innovation Leader

Tyler Wish, the co-founder and CEO of St. John’s-based Sequence Bio, has been named one of 10 Innovation Leaders by Navdeep Bains, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

Bains announced the 10-member panel on Wednesday while outlining his department’s innovation policies. These policies aim to foster science, entrepreneurship, creativity with a special emphasis on digital and clean technologies.

Bains said in a statement he will spend the summer holding public consultations on innovation that will result in a national action plan.

Founded in 2013, Sequence works with partners to analyze vast sets of data from gene pools to get a deeper understanding of which people are at the greatest risk of contracting a disease. It recently signed an agreement with Memorial University to use the university’s genetic databank to study colon cancer.

Before Sequence, Wish was founder and president of Research Avenue, a niche contract research company that provided outsourced development services to health care and life-sciences companies.

VidSnippets releases its first product

Halifax-based VidSnippets has released its first product, VidSnippets Web.

VidSnippets Web is a B2B solution that helps content publishers, marketers and others to select segments of a video to attract interest with a short clip. By flagging the choice portions, marketers and content providers can draw more traffic to their videos, which are the fastest-growing medium on the internet.

VidSnippets has designed the product for ease of use, so organizations can avoid extensive training. You can see the demo here.

“Our product can help you provide a more interactive viewing experience, while still allowing your visitors greater control over what content they watch and when they will watch it,” said Co-Founder and CEO Paul Farmer in a statement.

VidSnippets is now offering potential customers 14 days of free trails with VidSnippets Web with no obligation to take the product after the trial. 

Volta to host pitching competition

Volta, the Halifax startup house, will hold a pitching competition for Nova Scotia tech companies on Wednesday, June 22, starting at noon.

The competition, which will be held at the Volta offices at 1505 Barrington Street, will feature five-minute pitches that will be judged on their quality and content.

 “This is an opportunity to practice your pitch and get feedback from peers and industry professionals,” said Volta in a statement. “The goal of these competitions is to give you more experience pitching to investors and potential early adopters.  Each competition will have a panel consisting of entrepreneurs, potential investors and community leaders.”

The winners will receive a gift card, trophy and have their photo on the "Pitch Wall of Fame" board in Volta’s Event Space. You can sign up here