Media, Business, Sustainability Veteran Ron Zima to Help Power Seaforth Energy as VP, Business Development

Seaforth Energy Inc., a leading wind turbine manufacturer, has named Ron Zima as vice president of business development.

Zima will assume overall responsibility for sales, marketing, and management of customer relations globally, while helping develop and support the company’s distribution network.

“From my view, I see three drivers that make Seaforth Energy such an exciting opportunity right now,” Zima says.

“First, economics and growing demand are making wind an attractive investment, at home and overseas. The market for clean energy is only heating up.

2nd Act Innovations Names Silicon Valley CEO and CTO to Oris4 Team

Halifax-based software company 2nd Act Innovations’ co-founders Andrew Doyle and Peter Hickey have announced that Reza Kazemipour has been named CEO and Guillaume Oget has become CTO. Kazemipour and Oget will be based in 2nd Act’s Palo Alto office and work closely with the co-founders and development team in Halifax.

Kazemipour is a Silicon Valley veteran with more than 20 years of experience in sales, strategy and business leadership roles in the software industry, with a handful of exits, including the sale of FAST to Microsoft.

Atlas Block, CarbonCure Sign Agreement to Manufacture Low-Carbon Concrete

Concrete manufacturer Atlas Block has signed a licensing agreement with Halifax-based CarbonCure Technologies to make low-carbon concrete products available in Ontario. Atlas Block with CarbonCure products have been specified for several sports centre projects for the upcoming 2015 Pan Am Games.

After several months of testing, Atlas has decided to permanently install CarbonCure’s technology, and apply it across their broad line of products.

Epson Partners with Livelenz to Bring Real-Time Data Analytics to Virtually any POS System with OmniLink

Today, (January 14, 2013) at the NRF 102nd Annual Convention & EXPO, Epson America Inc., a leading supplier of value-added Point of Service (POS) solutions, and Livelenz Inc., a provider of real-time, operational and consumer analytics for the retail and hospitality segments, announced the availability of its cloud-based data analytics suite on Epson’s OmniLink™ smart solutions family.

BDC Venture Capital Commits $10 Million to the Atlantic Canada Regional Venture Fund

Today, (December 20, 2012) the Business Development Bank of Canada’s venture capital arm announces its commitment of $10 million to the Atlantic Canada Regional Venture Fund which is being set up to finance start-up companies in the IT, clean energy and healthcare sectors. This contribution by Canada’s largest institutional venture capital investor brings to approximately $50 million the total amount committed to date by the various partners to the fund, which is now open for business and actively seeking investment candidates throughout the Atlantic provinces.

Early Stage Commercialization Fund: 2012-2013 Funded Projects

February 2013 Round

Acadia University

Researcher: Sherri A. McFarland
Project: Natural Products for Photodynamic Inactivation

Dalhousie University

Researcher: Chris Cowper-Smith
Project: Enhancing Leg Muscle Strength with Knee Bracing

Researcher: Andrew Rau-Chaplin
Project: GPGPU Risk Analysis Engine for Reinsurance Analytics

Researcher: Jordan Kyriakidis
Project: QVTrace - A Solutions Platform for Testing Complex Cyber‐Physical Systems

New Centre Another Step in Building Forestry of the Future

Thousands of people working in Nova Scotia's forestry industry will benefit from a new centre for cleaner energy, bioenergy and forestry innovation that will help the province's forestry industry thrive in the future.

Premier Darrell Dexter was in Brooklyn, Queens Co., today, Dec. 12, to announce the province will partner with Innovacorp, Emera and CelluFuel to transform the former Bowater Mersey mill into a centre that will drive new opportunities through innovation.

OMERS Ventures Invests $500,000 in LeadSift

LeadSift, a Halifax-based start-up that mines social media data to generate high-quality sales leads, has secured $500,000 in financing from OMERS Ventures. The funds will be used for product development, sales and marketing and hiring.

Every day people publish hundreds of millions of posts on social media sites about their interests, preferences and purchase intentions. LeadSift's sophisticated online tool analyzes this data in real time to generate qualified and targeted sales leads.

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