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Our innovation ecosystem depends on you

Our students and programs couldn’t do it without the community partners who provide advice, support and expertise in everything from maker spaces and materials, to legal advice, financing and hands-on help.

Ecosystem Partners

ECOSYSTEM PARTNERS, FUNDERS/DONORS

Mitacs

Mitacs brings innovation within reach for founders by connecting them to the talent, research and development expertise, and funding they need to build, commercialize, and scale. Our advisors help companies define their research and development needs and project scope, recruit top post-secondary researchers and faculty advisors, and secure a grant to cover 50% of the costs. Find your Mitacs advisor to get flexible and affordable access to highly trained innovation interns, trusted relationships with experts, and a strong innovation plan.
ECOSYSTEM PARTNERS

I-INC

The Incubate Innovate Network of Canada (I-INC) is a pan-Canadian, internationally connected network of high-performance university-linked accelerators and incubators. I-INC creates an ecosystem for the efficient commercialization of university-based and science and technology-enabled innovation. Founded in 2014, the network has expanded to include 13 universities across Canada.
ECOSYSTEM PARTNERS

Invest Nova Scotia

Invest Nova Scotia offers programs, services, advice, and other resources that Nova Scotia companies need to grow. Start-ups are a key focus area for the organization, supporting them through venture capital, incubation facilities, expert advice, and other acceleration initiatives. Invest Nova Scotia’s venture capital fund targets deep technology opportunities at the angel through Series A stages.
ECOSYSTEM PARTNERS

Volta

Volta is one of Canada’s largest startup hubs, located in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia. We are focused on early-stage tech founders and their teams in Atlantic Canada. Our goal is to help more founders drastically improve the probability of building a high-growth start-up. We do that by providing tailored support that helps founders implement proven methods into deliberate practice. Since being founded in 2013, Volta’s alumni and residents have raised over $374 Million and have created 3,200+ jobs. Learn more at www.voltaeffect.com.
ECOSYSTEM PARTNERS

Tribe Network

Tribe Network is a community of racialized people pursuing entrepreneurship and innovation in Canada. We advance inclusive entrepreneurship and innovation by providing our members access to relevant resources where they can connect, work and learn.
ECOSYSTEM PARTNERS

Futurpreneur

Futurpreneur is a national, non-profit organization that provides collateral-free financing, mentorship and resources to diverse young entrepreneurs, aged 18-39, looking to start, acquire or grow their businesses in Canada. With a mandate to help young entrepreneurs bring their business ideas to life, Futurpreneur provides bilingual (English and French) support and resources to help business owners start and succeed.
ECOSYSTEM PARTNERS

Springboard Atlantic

Springboard Atlantic is the network of 19 universities and colleges across Atlantic Canada who work together to commercialize academic & industry-led research. Funded by ACOA and the post-secondary institutions, our team of 30-plus institutional representatives and a central office staff help leverage the vast research and development capacity of academic institutions to contribute to Atlantic Canada’s growth as an innovative and prosperous region. The Springboard Atlantic Network is recognized across Canada as a leading model for institutional collaboration to drive innovation and commercialization and support economic development.
ECOSYSTEM PARTNERS

Ulnoweeg Foundation

The Ulnooweg Education Centre is an Indigenous-led registered charitable organization that empowers Indigenous communities through the advancement of education through collaborative research, development, and delivery of educational programs and initiatives in science & innovation, agriculture, and financial literacy through a holistic approach of traditional values in culture and language.
ECOSYSTEM PARTNERS

Creative Destruction Lab

Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) is a non-profit organization that delivers an objectives-based mentorship program for massively scalable, seed-stage, science- and technology-based companies. CDL operates twelve global, university-based sites located in Canada (Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver), the United States (Atlanta, Seattle, Wisconsin) and Europe (Oxford, Paris, Berlin, Estonia). CDL-Atlantic, located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and housed in the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University, is proud to represent the four Atlantic Canadian provinces in this global network.
ECOSYSTEM PARTNERS

Emera ideaHUB

Unique in Atlantic Canada and one of only a few early-stage deep tech incubators in Canada, the Emera ideaHUB welcomes diverse founders to access the resources, expertise, and connections they need to innovate. As an incubator for physical product innovation, we bring the right mix of hands-on support, immersive workshops, and industry partnerships to each founder we welcome into our space.
ECOSYSTEM PARTNERS

IDEA

Hosted by the Faculty of Engineering: IDEA is a multidisciplinary initiative that integrates NSCAD Design with the Faculty of Engineering and the Rowe School of Business at Dalhousie University. IDEA is built around project based learning and provides workshops, mentorship, and experiential learning opportunities for students to explore engineering, design, making, and manufacturing. IDEA helps everyone develop a personal toolbox of skills to support any career path.
ECOSYSTEM PARTNERS

Surge

SURGE is Dalhousie’s Innovation Science Sandbox. We offer a range of programs that give students real life applications of the science knowledge they receive in the classroom. We focus on skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century — a world full of major challenges and rapid change. SURGE provides applied training in the skills needed to develop innovative solutions to real problems, and make those solutions a reality through entrepreneurship, social enterprise, not-for-profits, or other means.
ECOSYSTEM PARTNERS

Pulse

Pulse is a network of health professionals who are working together to translate innovative ideas into real impact. Pulse helps create, develop, and scale ideas and projects by offering educational, experiential, advisory, and funding opportunities in the aging, medtech, therapeutic, and social health innovation spaces.
ECOSYSTEM PARTNERS

ShiftKey Labs

ShiftKey Labs is a Nova Scotian sandbox focused on computer science and technology. Based in the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University, ShiftKey aims to offer students across the province chances to experiment with innovation and entrepreneurship in a safe environment. To this end, ShiftKey offers three broad types of programming: technical skills development, career development training and early-stage startup support. From hackathons to 1-on-1 startup coaching sessions, ShiftKey is there for any student with idea and the drive to do something with it. By working directly with students, ShiftKey aims to create strong talent for Nova Scotia’s growing tech industry, thereby making a positive impact on the economic future of Atlantic Canada.
ECOSYSTEM PARTNERS

Cultiv8

The Cultiv8 interactive and interdisciplinary sandbox inspires and supports Dalhousie Agriculture students to build competencies through multidisciplinary innovation and entrepreneurship exercises that focus on strong communication, creativity, and collaborative problem-solving in the food and agriculture space. Our students are enabling the businesses they own or work for to make better decisions and improve efficiencies while encouraging sustainable agriculture problems.
ECOSYSTEM PARTNERS

Mindframe Connect

MindFrame Connect is a Canadian not-for-profit focused on upskilling Canadians by providing access to expert training, resources, and tools designed to improve performance. MindFrame Connect was started to solve current gaps in the Canadian entrepreneurial ecosystem. The program is focused on the psychology of entrepreneurship – the resilience, mindset and grit required to succeed, as well as exploring what it means to be a mentor/leader in the current innovation economy, and the skills required to be effective. Everything MindFrame Connect offers provides a refined, practical view on improving one’s ability to perform and is developed and vetted by entrepreneurs and mentors.

Funders/Donors

FUNDERS/DONORS

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

ACOA is working with ecosystem partners and high-potential firms to make Atlantic Canada a hotbed for successful innovation-based startups. The Agency supports organizations that provide programing to help founders accelerate and commercialize innovations through mentorship, technical knowledge, operational experience, access to capital, and a network of professionals ready to support and guide them through each stage of growth.
ECOSYSTEM PARTNERS, FUNDERS/DONORS

Mitacs

Mitacs brings innovation within reach for founders by connecting them to the talent, research and development expertise, and funding they need to build, commercialize, and scale. Our advisors help companies define their research and development needs and project scope, recruit top post-secondary researchers and faculty advisors, and secure a grant to cover 50% of the costs. Find your Mitacs advisor to get flexible and affordable access to highly trained innovation interns, trusted relationships with experts, and a strong innovation plan.
FUNDERS/DONORS

Build Ventures

Build Venture is a seed fund focussed on Atlantic Canadian technology companies.
FUNDERS/DONORS

Morrison Park

Morrison Park Advisors (MPA) is a Canadian independent investment bank with 19 years of successful service across the country. MPA are an experienced group of banking professionals with knowledge spanning all major products and sectors. From introductory advice to transactions of the utmost complexity, they can provide world-class guidance and support.