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The personalized insider newsletter for all things startup in Nova Scotia.

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell
Quotes from 2 great statesmen pointing out that failures WILL occur and what truly separates successful people is the ability to learn from their failures and have the courage and perseverance to carry on! Startups and entrepreneurs need to recognize that there will be problems then acknowledge them when they occur, learn from them, and move forward. Always remember that all of us have failed at some point and that all of us are also here to assist you when we can. Get help when you need it. Check out the organizations, conferences, and events that we identify THAT CAN HELP YOU on the rocky road to success!

Weekly Remarks:
Purchase Orders, Contracts, HR forms, Board Meeting Agendas, Business Plans, and much more at your fingertips! The cost and time required to get these forms when you need them are usually quite large and often require lawyers, accountants, and the like. However, there is a Canadian company that has developed a product called Business in a Box, which we have been using for years that provides more than 2,000 document templates at a very low cost. The templates provided allow you to build whatever form you need in a few minutes. Check out what is available:
  • If you decide to buy, please provide the information on your purchase to the curator ( for a startup discount of 10% of your purchase price. This refund will be sent directly to you. It is a truly great value!
News from organizations supporting startups and businesses of all sizes. These organizations can help you grow business and succeed:
CEED (The Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development) is a Nova Scotia-based organization offering a variety of programs to support all aspects of starting and growing a business. Funding, mentoring, networking, and much more. Great programs to support all startups and entrepreneurs. Check out all they have to offer at:
Mitac Increases Payments: For a limited time, Mitac will pay up to 75% of the costs for staff through their program. Check out their website or the link below:
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) is the best single source for any business to get support and assistance in our region. ACOA provides a wide variety of programs, information, and funding. The ACOA site should be your first stop, Check it out:
EDC Canada provides a personal link to help you succeed! MyEDC is your online portal. It offers solutions for all your business needs and resources to help build your financial resiliency. Learn how to increase your access to working capital, craft a strong pitch for financial institutions, and leverage expert advice on embedding economic resilience within your organization.
For local business connections and access to a wide variety of great business-related events check out The Halifax Chamber of Commerce ( or the Chamber in your local community wherever you live. The Chamber presents an opportunity to network, build contacts and share information with hundreds of local companies. There are also great benefits from becoming a member including a group insurance plan which could be of great value to any startup! Check out their website to find all the benefits that are available and then check out their events section: Also, check out their main site for access to some great “Support Series” and recorded webinars where you can find a variety of information on programs that can help you and your business!
Another great source to learn about the help available from the government and to get “how-to” information on building and growing a business is This site covers a wide variety of programs and provides a wealth of information.
If you are looking for a Canada-wide network to support your startup as well as to see great webinars and podcasts geared to helping startups and to learn key lessons from other startups go to
Upcoming Events:
  • GMIST presents The Sandbox Series: Each themed session will have a tourism industry leader providing a brief presentation on a practice or idea within their business or community. An informal, interactive zoom meeting for participants to share ideas and ask questions. Taking place Oct. 19th - Dec 6th. Register HERE.
  • Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce presents Enable or Disrupt? The New Innovation Economy: Venture capitalist and founder of Janet Bannister discusses the democratization of creative production, AI and transformative technologies, and platform businesses. Taking place Oct 22nd in Charlottetown, PEI and Virtual. Register HERE.
  • Women in Business of NB presents Expand Your Sales Globally: This online session, presented by Angele Miller founder of Abundant by Design, will provide you with the tools for you to grow your business into international export markets. Taking place on Oct 27th. Register HERE.
  • Sackville Business Association presents THRIVE Business Growth Conference: Choose from various sessions led by industry professionals aimed at encouraging new growth, inspiring your next goal and providing your business with the tools to thrive. Taking place Oct 28th in Lower Sackville, NS. Register HERE
2 Great Conferences This Week:
October 20-21-Atlantic Venture Forum: FREE PASS AVAILABLE; The Atlantic Venture Forum 2021 is an event that brings together a wide variety of investors and startups with sessions that should be of interest to anyone in the investment and startup communities. The website for the event is Because we want to encourage investment in the startup community in the Atlantic region and we want startups to be able to attend this type of event, we have negotiated a FREE pass. If you have not previously registered for the event and go to the registration page on the site, you can register and enter the code STARTUPDIGEST and there will be no cost. Feel free to pass this on to anyone you feel would be interested in attending. This is an event you should not miss!
October 20-22-The J Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management & Entrepreneurship presents The 2021 Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE) Conference. A wide variety of speakers and topics and a great opportunity to learn and networkRegister HERE.
More events of interest to startups and businesses in the coming weeks:
Oct.19th-9:30-10:30-The future of payment and fintech regulation: Hear from senior government experts on where these key segments are headed. Details:
Oct-19th-11-12-Business Intelligence for your business-Session 3-Drill down into the data. Get the most out of the data you have, learn from it, and grow your business. Details:
Oct.19-3-5-New Business Opportunities for Entrepreneurs: Join advisors from BDC to learn about the changing business environment and the new opportunities it provides. Details:
Oct.20-11-12-Your Numbers Your Story: Join key financial advisors from CEED who will explain the key financial aspects of business management, provide some tools and resources, and answer questions. Details:
Oct.21-22-Promoting Health through Research and Innovation: A 2-day event with a wide variety of research and health experts providing a wide variety of information on the key health segment. Details:
Oct.22-9 AM to 12 PM: Game Dev Atlantic: A comprehensive full-day event providing a wealth of information aimed at building Atlantic Canada into a true force in game development! Details:
Oct.22-8-3:30-Small Business, Big Growth Summit: Attend in person at the Halifax Marriott (1919 Upper Water) or virtually and learn how to build a plan for business success. Details:
Oct.23-9-10-Canadian Women in Business Coffee Talk: Network, learn and enjoy. Details:
Oct.25th-10-11 AM-Workshop-“You don’t have to fail but most do”: Learn what successful startups do to build their businesses from an experienced and successful builder and storyteller. Details:
Oct.26-10-11 AM-How to run a Lead Nurturing Campaign: Learn the ins and outs of building a system to nurture leads and turn them into actual sales and revenue. Details:
Oct.27th-InvestOttawa presents AccelerateOTT 2021 has women founders and funders leading from the stage and airwaves. Gain authentic, actionable insight from the tech and entrepreneurial trenches you can put to work to accelerate your growth and success. Join this hybrid virtual/in-person conference. Register HERE.
  • Take advantage of available opportunities, Network, and Grow!!
Techstars Startup Digest Nova Scotia is curated by:
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