Once again, Nova Scotians have proven there’s no shortage of innovation and entrepreneurship happening across the province. Innovacorp received 228 submissions to this year's I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition.

The submission breakdown by zone is as follows:

Zone Submissions
in 2007
in 2009
in 2011
in 2013
Zone 1: Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou, Antigonish, and Guysborough counties 15 20 16 23
Zone 2: Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne, and Yarmouth counties 17 17 6 22
Zone 3: Digby, Annapolis, Kings, and Hants counties 18 21 24 45
Zone 4: Halifax Regional Municipality 55 54 69 110
Zone 5: Victoria, Cape Breton, Inverness and Richmond counties 17 21 27 28
Total 121 133 142 228


*A pilot I-3 competition ran in 2006 and attracted 18 submissions.


So, there you have it – 228 submissions this year. Jaws on the floor.

We were officially targeting 150 submissions, and even that seemed ambitious despite the start-up buzz we already knew existed in Nova Scotia.

Thank you to everybody who made a submission, tweeted about the opportunity, told some friends, or agreed to be a competition PARTNER or judge (oh, our poor, poor volunteer judges…better rest up and take your vitamins). We’re moved by the passion we see from entrants and the people who love them.

What’s next? We put the judges to work! Each zone will have a six-person judging panel that consists of a seasoned entrepreneur, a seasoned business person, a lawyer, a chartered accountant, and two senior representatives from Innovacorp. The judging panel to select the provincial I-3 winner will include a representative from the original panel in each of the five zones. The judging panel to select the sector winners will consist of representatives from Innovacorp. Round two and sector short lists will be announced on November 15, 2013.


Nova Scotia - Updated: October 23, 2013