Nova Scotia start-ups have a chance to compete for up to $225,000 through Innovacorp's provincial I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition.

The I-3 competition, launched today, Sept. 3, finds and supports high potential, early stage knowledge-based companies, and encourages entrepreneurial activity across the province.

"More and more people now see how empowering it is to be an entrepreneur," said Stephen Duff, president and CEO of Innovacorp. "The province's start-up community has grown and improved significantly in the last decade and we expect the submissions will be top-shelf. Nova Scotia, get ready to bring your A-game."

The competition will take place in five geographic zones across the province. Each zone winner is awarded $100,000 in cash and in-kind business building services. Second place zone winners take home $40,000 in cash and services. 

In addition, awards will be given for the best overall submission in each of the following sectors: information technology, life sciences, clean technology, ocean technology, agricultural technology, and waste diversion technology. Each sector winner will receive an award package valued at $25,000.

The provincial winner, selected from among the five first place zone winners and six sector winners, will be awarded a $100,000 seed investment from Innovacorp.

Innovacorp ran a pilot I-3 competition in Cape Breton in 2006, and has since held four provincial competitions. Over the years, the competition has received 642 company submissions.

Zone 1 includes Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough counties; Zone 2 includes Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties; Zone 3 includes Digby, Annapolis, Kings and Hants counties; Zone 4 includes Halifax Regional Municipality; and Zone 5 includes Victoria, Cape Breton, Inverness and Richmond counties.

Entrepreneurs have until 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, to submit entries. The zone and sector winners will be announced Jan. 22, and the provincial winner will be announced Feb. 3. Submissions can be completed online at www.innovacorp.ca.

Innovacorp’s 2015-2016 I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition is possible thanks to support from the following partners: Eastlink, Cox & PalmerSandler Training, WBLI, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Entrepreneurs 3.0Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture, RRFB Nova Scotia, Build Ventures, Rho Canada Ventures, East Valley Ventures, Brightspark East, Pelorus Venture Capital Limited, BDC Capital, Davis PierPlum Public Relations, Famous Folks Creative Communications, Revolve Branding & Marketing, CloudKettle, Navigate Startup HouseBlue Cow Creative, NATIONAL Public Relations, Planet HR, Sobey School Business Development Centre, Dalhousie University, Le Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ), NSCC Marconi CampusSydney and Area Chamber of Commerce, and Discount Car & Truck Rentals.

For more information, contact:

Stephanie Shaw
Innovacorp    
T 902.424.8670 ext. 1197
M 902.220.3686 
sshaw@innovacorp.ca
www.innovacorp.ca

Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 3, 2015