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.

TecSocial: Celebrate and Meet Spark Cape Breton 2017 Winners | Cape Breton

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 Series

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.

Artemis Optical and Metamaterial Technologies Partner to Develop Hybrid Filtering Technology

Artemis Optical, leaders in the design and manufacture of bespoke optical thin film coatings, has signed a three-year business development and technology partnership with Metamaterial Technologies Inc. (MTI), a smart materials and photonics company, to develop a hybrid coating for the defence industry.


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