Venn Innovation has accepted five companies into its Set to Scale Program, which helps established companies increase their sales.

The New Brunswick innovation hub last year called for applications for the program, which uses the Scaling Up methodology of Verne Harnish, a noted author, speaker and scale-up expert. Venn said thousands of companies around the world have used this methodology to navigate challenging times and build success. 

Venn has partnered with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to provide this six- to 12-month course, in which the participating companies will work on their growth plans with a certified scaling up coach by focusing on four subjects: people, strategy, execution, and cash.

"We are really excited at the opportunity to be part of the Set to Scale Program,” said Mike Wright, the CEO of MESH/Diversity, one of the participating companies. “At MESH, it is the perfect time to implement an operating system into the business. We are on a very strong growth trajectory and it is key that we have a framework in place to ensure that we all continue to row in the same direction.”

The five participating companies are:

Atlantic Signs, Quispamsis, NB

Since 1948, Atlantic Signs has provided high-quality sign advertising for businesses in Atlantic Canada and other locations. It designs, manufactures and installs signs in commercial establishments.

HealthConnect, Moncton

HealthConnect manages consumer and patient care programs for enterprise clients in the healthcare space, such as pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Its services include contact centres, multi-channel contact and patient counselling lines.

InteliSys Aviation, Saint John

Founded in 1987, InteliSys is a leader in airline passenger reservation and cargo management software.  The company helps airlines develop Application Programming Interfaces, or APIs, which helps their digital systems work with other systems and generate more business growth.

MESH/Diversity, New Brunswick and Ontario

MESH/Diversity’s software helps organizations build a more diverse and inclusive workforce.  Using predictive algorithms, its Diversity Intelligence platform measures an organization’s inclusiveness, and helps to implement improvements. The goal is to develop an inclusive culture in which the best people will want to work, stay and thrive.

Read our report on MESH/Diversity’s latest funding round

Simply for Life, Saint John

Simply for Life has been offering personalized weight loss and nutrition programs since 2001. It has produced more than 1 million personalized nutrition plans and has helped countless Canadians reach and maintain their goal weight.