StartupYHZ: A Chat with Dilly Dally Eats

Join Startup YHZ at Innovacorp for August’s YHZ Meetup. Meet like-minded individuals who are passionate about growing their business ideas and learn more about available resources for startups.

Facilitated by John Robertson, CEO of Home Except Inc. we will hear from Laura Nicole Draeger, Cafe Owner and Lady Boss at Dilly Dally Coffee Cafe. Laura will share her experience as an entrepreneur and how a Dilly Dally, an independent coffee cafe, successfully competes with Starbucks, a global coffeehouse chain.

Software for Start-Ups: Book Recommendations from Veronica Sampson-Merryfield

The following post was written by Veronica Sampson-Merryfield.

I have been teaching courses in software for start-ups for a while and have a number of book recommendations for programmers and entrepreneurs alike, new to software engineering.


Absolute musts
If you can only read one, read these two!

Mythical Man Month: Essays in Software Engineering
By Frederick Brooks

Lessons in Herding Cats: Business Development Basics for Life Science Companies

The business development role is a key function that impacts the value creation and long term survival at each stage of a company's life cycle. Most start-ups initially have very limited resources and it's easy to get distracted and overwhelmed by the numerous choices that arise. What is your strategy and business model? How do you determine the direction that will add the most value and longevity to your company? How do you avoid the constant pursuit of "shiny objects"? How do you know when it's the right time for a strategic partnership?

Spark 2017 to Now: Update from Nexus Robotics

The following post is from Innovacorp marketing & communications assistant Michael Bochoff.

What began as a passion for growing food has blossomed into a successful entrepreneurial venture for Nexus Robotics, providing farmers with a reliable and cost-effective way to produce crops.

For Teric Greenan, Nexus Robotics COO, it all began when he started a farm in Lunenburg County with a friend in 2015. After speaking with older farmers, he realized quickly the amount of manual labour and tedious tasks drastically hurt farm profits.

Winners Named in 2018 Spark Innovation Challenge

A new pain relief company is receiving $50,000 in funding and business guidance through Innovacorp’s 2018 Spark Innovation Challenge, a province-wide competition for new technology companies. The business, Panag Pharma, is one of four winners selected in the Halifax region.

Panag Pharma was founded by four medical doctors, Dr. Mary Lynch, Dr. Melanie Kelly, Dr. Christian Lehmann and Dr. Orlando Hung. They are developing plant-derived compound formulations for treating pain and inflammation. Panag Pharma’s topical creams treat inflamed skin, eyes and other body parts.

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