Emera IdeaHUB Program Manager Barrinique Griffin has joined the board of directors of Onside, which aims to foster inclusive innovation in Nova Scotia.

Griffin, who spent four years at the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education & Development before joining Dalhousie University's IdeaHUB, holds an MBA from that same school and teaches business at Nova Scotia Community College. She is also the co-founder of Black is the New Black, a grassroots initiative that hosts events related to entrepreneurship and mental health for the BIPOC community.

“I am excited to be joining the Onside board to help them further support entrepreneurs across the country,” wrote Griffin on LinkedIn.

Headed by Executive Director Alexandra McCann, Onside is the result of Nova Scotia’s participation from 2016 to 2018 in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program, or MIT REAP, which is an international accelerator for innovation ecosystems, as opposed to individual startups.

Now, the organization tracks a range of metrics related to the inclusiveness and growth of Nova Scotia’s innovation ecosystem and has created a modified version of MIT REAP to help individual regions within the province back entrepreneurs at a more local level.