Build: Emera ideaHUB


The Emera ideaHUB focuses on supporting new products emerging from engineering and applied science research in areas such as ocean technology, clean energy and technology, advanced materials, food science, water resources, biomedical engineering, bio-products, deep software, artificial intelligence, the internet-of-things, cyber-security, as well as various other physical and cyber-physical products.

These startups are historically under-served and underfunded, leaving many breakthrough inventions stuck inside the lab. In the physical technology space, the path to commercialization is relatively long with many steps needed to take a scientific discovery through to market readiness. There are unique challenges in developing prototypes and minimum viable products (MVP) which benefit from a design and agile engineering approach to product development – in addition to access to specialized equipment, facilities, and expertise.

Capitalizing on the resources and strengths of Dalhousie University and Dal’s Faculty of Engineering, the objective of the Emera ideaHUB is to create and develop product-based startups and support small-and-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and corporate innovation teams, by providing support, guidance, access to space and equipment, as well as resources through an innovation community they might otherwise struggle to find on their own.

Know-how from engineering faculty and mentorship from successful entrepreneurs helps bridge the gap from lab to market and accelerates the growth of physical product based companies. At any given time, Dal’s Engineering students and faculty are helping more than 100 companies to solve operational problems – the Emera ideaHUB has expanded the capacity to do more. The Emera ideaHUB includes top-of-the-line shop, tools and workspaces to help students and faculty apply design and agile engineering skills and work in partnership with startups, SMEs, and industry to design and build prototypes. Learn more here.