TecSocial is a monthly meeting for those with an interest in technology and entrepreneurship. The topics feature a variety of entrepreneurs and subject matter experts. TecSocial brings together entrepreneurs from across Cape Breton, Innovacorp clients, business professionals, industry representatives and students. All our events are live streamed on YouTube here.
These events are free and open to the public. Big spruce is on tap. Appetizers provided are compliments of Innovacorp.
Click on the links below to read more about our recent TecSocial events.
TECSOCIAL: MEET REST ASSURED
June 4, 2020
Meet the founders of Rest Assured, an app that offers real-time updates to family members about loved ones in the hospital or a long-term care facility.
TECSOCIAL: BINGO NIGHT
May 7, 2020
Join us for TecSocial Bingo Night on Thursday, May 7. We will call numbers and chat about start-ups.
TECSOCIAL: VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB
April 2, 2020
Join us on Thursday, April 2, via Zoom to discuss what we’re reading, streaming and doing for fun as we spend time social distancing. Our discussion panel with Nicole Morrison, Anthony McQuaid and Permjot Valia will share their top picks.
TECSOCIAL: LESSONS IN BUILDING AND THEN SELLING A BUSINESS
March 5, 2020
Join us on Thursday, March 5, to hear from Chris Cameron, senior vice president of data analytics and evidence synthesis at EVERSANA, as he discusses the sale of his company, Cornerstone Research Group.
February 6, 2020
Help kick off our 2020 season of TecSocial on Thursday, February 6. Come hear from Harpreet Singh, former senior business manager at Amazon, who recently moved from Seattle to Sydney. He’ll share some of his experiences working on product launches with the tech giant.
TECSOCIAL: MEET THE CAPE BRETON SPARK WINNERS
December 5, 2019
Join us on Thursday, December 5, as we celebrate Cape Breton’s Spark NS winners, Tracker Inventory Systems, (U)biquity and CheckIn Analytics. Each company will give short presentations about their idea and what exciting projects they have coming up.
TECSOCIAL: PODCAST PARTY
October 3, 2019
Innovacorp launched a podcast and we want you to be the first to know! Join us on Thursday, October 3, to help us celebrate Start-Up East.
TECSOCIAL: BRETON AIR TAKES FLIGHT!
September 5, 2019
Help us kick off season 13 of TecSocial with a presentation from Breton Air. Launched this summer, Breton Air is Cape Breton’s premier helicopter charter and utility aviation company founded by retired Royal Canadian Air Force captains, Parker Horton and Matt Wallace.
TECSOCIAL: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PANEL
June 6, 2019
Join us on Thursday, June 6, for a panel discussion on intellectual property (IP). The conversation will cover how to protect your IP, the process of filing for patents, and what constitutes as IP.
TECSOCIAL: EQUITY TAX CREDITS
May 2, 2019
Join us to hear from Patrick Fitzgerald of Cox and Palmer and Carroll Vickers from Grant Thornton as they discuss the Equity Tax Credit (ETC) available in Nova Scotia. The ETC assists small businesses in obtaining equity financing by offering a personal income tax credits to individuals investing in the business.
TECSOCIAL: ALL ABOUT PROTOTYPING
April 4, 2019
With the recent opening of the Nova Scotia Power Makerspace, bringing your idea to life may be top of mind. Join us for a panel discussion on prototyping with Rachael MacKeigan, program specialist at Brilliant Labs, Dave Murphy, senior machinist at Target Hydraulics, and Matt Swan, director of the Nova Scotia Power Makerspace at Innovacorp.
TECSOCIAL: PRODUCT MANAGEMENT FOR START-UPS
March 7, 2019
Join Ajay Shroff, manager of client strategy and innovation at Innovacorp, and a specialist in product design, as he shares an overview of product management for start-ups. Product management focuses on all aspects of a product lifecycle. Ajay will discuss how to better design your processes and manage product development.
TECSOCIAL: A CONVERSATION WITH THE CAPE BRETON MUNICIPALITY
February 7, 2019
Join us for a panel discussion with Mayor Cecil Clarke, Deputy CAO/director of technology, John MacKinnon, and members of council. The discussion will focus on the Cape Breton start-up ecosystem and how CBRM support can help shape growth.
TECSOCIAL: LEARNING ABOUT LANGUAGE
January 3, 2019
It’s a new year and that means a new edition of TecSocial! Join us to hear from Tyler Sack, Project Manager for Orenda Software, about how the company uses language analysis to measure reputation in real time. Orenda was founded in 2015 and has offices in Membertou and Toronto. By collecting millions of data points and analysis using decades of social science research, Orenda was able to decode reliable insights based on measurable data, not hunches.
TECSOCIAL: INTERSECT CHALLENGE II: PROTOCASE
December 6, 2018
Join us for the launch of Intersect Challenge II. Protocase has mastered the art of custom electronic enclosures and is ready to share their learnings with you. Using their business model of mass-customized products with a rapid turnaround time, Protocase is ready to help you be the next big growth company in Cape Breton.
TECSOCIAL: AMAZON ALEXA VS. GOOGLE HOME
November 1, 2018
Are you team Alexa or Google Home? Join us to support your favourite conversational AI device! Watch a lively debate about which cult-product comes out on top. Two brave debaters will take the stage and duke it out to be the last one standing (or at least until the 20 minutes is up).
TECSOCIAL: EASY GOLF TOUR
October 4, 2018
With over 20 years of work in the golf industry, Todd Chant was constantly seeing the frustration golf courses experienced while running tournaments. Believing he could develop a solution to address those frustrations, Easy Golf Tour was born. Join us to hear how the company has grown over the last year.
TECSOCIAL: COLD FURNACE STUDIOS
September 6, 2018
Early September means back to school, and we think you should kick off your education by learning about Cape Breton game developers Cold Furnace Studios. The company produces video games and provides military advisory for the entertainment industry. It creates immersive, multi-platform games with mature and adult-only (AO) rated experiences and intense storytelling. Join us to find out more.
TECSOCIAL: SPARK 2018 SHORTLIST
June 7, 2018
Innovacorp’s Spark Challenge offers start-ups the opportunity to win up to $50,000 to put their idea into action and business guidance from somebody who’s been there, done that. Get a brief overview of each company on the 2018 Spark Cape Breton shortlist.
TECSOCIAL: UPDATE FROM FULL PLATE CARE
May 3, 2018
Founded by Jay McNeil in fall 2017, Full Plate Care is a grocery shopping, delivery and in-home preparation service for those aging in place. The company won $31,250 in start-up funding through Innovacorp’s 2017 Spark Innovation Challenge. It was also a finalist in Shift Challenge, run by Innovacorp and the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors in March 2018. It’s time to catch up with the Glace Bay start-up.
April 5, 2018
After working at a summer camp for people with cognitive and physical disabilities, Rebecca Dunphy identified a void in the market. While taking campers on outings, Rebecca realized that ensuring spaces are accessible doesn’t have to mean a total retrofit for a building. Through this realization, the social enterprise RampAge was born. Learn more about Rebecca’s company and her design for a portable ramp.
TECSOCIAL: A BREAKDOWN OF BITCOIN
March 1, 2018
Join us March 1, as Stephen Manley explains what bitcoin is and how it's affecting our lives. Stephen will start with the basics, then delve into how a bitcoin transaction works and discuss the impact block chain technology could have on us in 2018.
TECSOCIAL: ISLAND SAUCE COMPANY - A START-UP STORY
February 1, 2018
Join Keven Taylor, founder and owner of Island Sauce Company, at TecSocial on February 1, 2018. Keven is a Cape Bretoner born and raised and feels passionate about community involvement and growing success stories right here in Cape Breton.
December 7, 2017
Instead of having one speaker for the month of December, we decided to open the stage to you. We want to update our podcast favourites list and we're asking for your help. Join us for some pizza and beer and share your favourite podcast with the group. Give us a little background about the podcast and why you love it!
TECSOCIAL: CELEBRATE AND MEET SPARK CAPE BRETON 2017 WINNERS
November 2, 2017
Join us Thursday evening to meet and celebrate the winners of Spark Cape Breton's most recent cohort. This was a big year for Spark as it was the first time that the competition was run province-wide, with four zones, Spark West, Spark North, Spark Halifax and Spark Cape Breton. Innovacorp received 23 submissions in Spark Cape Breton. The Spark competition is looking for the best early-stage technology companies in Nova Scotia.
TECSOCIAL: SOULVARIA - A START-UP STORY
October 5, 2017
After Joseph Gracie experienced virtual reality while working in Korea, he couldn’t shake the feeling that it was something he wanted to bring home to Cape Breton. Teaming up with his childhood friend, Joshua Boutilier, Cape Breton's first virtual reality (VR) experience was born! Joseph will discuss how both himself and Joshua have brought VR experiences to Cape Breton after a year of planning and preparing.
TECSOCIAL: BIG SPRUCE BREWING - A START-UP STORY
September 7, 2017
After falling in love with Cape Breton, Jeremy White bought a farm outside of Nyanza online - without viewing it - and Big Spruce Brewing was born. Little did Jeremy know that his small brewery would skyrocket into such quick success, becoming a prominent brew in the Nova Scotia craft beer scene. Jeremy will share his experience moving to a new place and starting a business. He will explore how Big Spruce has grown and what he has learned along the way.