Lunch & Learn: Meet the US Mentors

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), in collaboration with Innovacorp, is presenting Nova Scotia companies the chance to meet two expert advisors who can explain how to grow their company and seek US-based venture capital funding. Both advisors support the Trade Commissioner’s (TCS) Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) program.

Christopher Googoo

Christopher Googoo is a proud member of the We’koqma’q First Nation, living in Millbrook with his wife and three children. Since joining Ulnooweg Development Group in 2000, he has helped hundreds of Aboriginal entrepreneurs secure loans and access business services. Chris also co-led the development of the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Economic Development Strategy and played a key role in bringing the CanCode initiative to Mi’kmaq communities across Nova Scotia. 

Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) Session | Cape Breton

The Cape Breton Partnership, in collaboration with Innovacorp, would like to invite you to attend an information session on the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) and learn how your organization can benefit from it.

The AIP is an innovative program – part of the federal government’s Atlantic Growth Strategy – that was developed to help businesses fill labour gaps and grow. It is for employers in any sector who are trying to overcome challenges that are hindering sustainability and/or growth opportunities. Some of those challenges include:

Appili Therapeutics Raises an Additional $4.3 Million in Oversubscribed Financing to Advance its Anti-infective Pipeline

Appili Therapeutics Inc. (the “Company” or “Appili”), a biopharmaceutical company developing and commercializing anti-infective drugs, announced today it raised an additional $4,339,000 in an oversubscribed private placement financing, bringing the total equity raised since its seed round in March 2016 to $11,816,000. In addition, Appili is also pleased to be receiving a $500,000 repayable contribution from the Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s (ACOA) Business Development Program.

QRA Corp Completes Sale to Royal Canadian Air Force for New Quality Analysis Software

QRA Corp, an emerging design verification technology firm, announced today that software delivery of its requirements analysis technology to the Canadian Department of National Defence is complete. The tools delivered are advanced versions of the commercially available QVscribe for Word and QVscribe for Excel.

Start-Ups Selected for CleanTech Development Program

Four Nova Scotia clean technology start-ups are getting a boost towards investment readiness through Innovacorp’s CleanTech Development Program.

Supported by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the program offers participants up to $50,000 in non-dilutive, non-repayable funding to address key technical and business milestones.

The companies chosen to participate in Innovacorp’s 2017-2018 CleanTech Development Program are:

Shift Challenge Submission

Welcome to the Shift Challenge submission page! We're now open for submissions.

Fill out the fields below and upload your six-slide PowerPoint presentation.

The deadline is Thursday, February 15, 2018, by 5:00 pm AST.

If you have questions or require assistance, please contact Amanda Tarr at 902.424.8670 ext. 1601, 1.800.565.7051 ext. 1601, or

Learn more about Shift Challenge.

Files must be less than 20 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf ppt pptx.

By clicking the Submit button at the bottom of this page, you are agreeing to the following Terms and Conditions:

I confirm I will abide by all Shift Challenge eligibility rules as outlined in the competition guidelines, summarized as follows: Start-ups must have a new knowledge-based product or service with less than $1,000,000 CAD in annual sales and fewer than 10 employees; entrants must be the majority owner(s) of the start-up and plan to work full-time with the business in Nova Scotia; the head office must be located in Nova Scotia and the business is to be registered in the province prior to disbursement of any funds.

All submissions will be treated confidentially and will not be made available to the public. Only those directly involved in managing or judging the competition will view submitted documents. While summary details will not be disclosed, the competition organizers reserve the right to announce those who advance in the competition and the winners.

Appili Recognized as New Business of the Year by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce

Appili Therapeutics Inc. (Appili), a biopharmaceutical company focused on anti-infective drug development and commercialization, today announced that Halifax Chamber of Commerce presented Appili with the 2018 New Business of the Year award.

The announcement was made during a ceremony at the Halifax Business Awards gala event on Thursday, January 25, 2018, held at the Halifax Convention Centre. Kevin Sullivan, Appili’s CEO, accepted the award on behalf of the company.

TecSocial: Podcasts | Cape Breton

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!

We hope to see you December 7, at the Navigate Start-up House event space.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 
​5:15 pm - 7:15 pm 
​103 - 37 Nepean Street 
​Sydney, Nova Scotia

TecSocial: Big Spruce Brewing - A Start-Up Story | Cape Breton

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.

Big Spruce Brewing is unique in that they only brew unfiltered, unpasteurized beer using certified organic hops.The organic beers are sold in refillable 1.80 liter growler bottles at the brewery or in cans at NSLC.


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