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Startup Digest Halifax - Issue #7

Covid-19 continues to impact all of us and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. We must
Issue #7  •  July 13  •  View online  •  Suggest a link to us
The personalized insider newsletter for all things startup in Halifax.
Covid-19 continues to impact all of us and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. We must keep a positive attitude and move forward with our lives and our work. We now have the Atlantic Bubble and a spirit of optimism is starting to gain momentum. Please continue to social distance and do wear masks wherever you go. If not for yourself then for us old, vulnerable people that you could infect and seriously impact even when you don’t feel sick!
We are still focusing on funding and staffing assistance and featuring sites that provide updated funding information and support for startups and business as well as on virtual events. Several organizations are now providing a wealth of information on how to “change” your strategy for the new world and how to grow your business. Look over the information and incorporate what is of value in your plans.

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TechCrunch DisruptTechCrunch Disrupt 2020 is just a few weeks away but we've already opened up our CrunchMatch networking platform for attendees to be able to meet one another in advance of the big event. Not only will it help narrow down the people you want to meet with, we'll even have some speed networking happy hour sessions so you can meet people on the fly! Register for Disrupt today and save $100 with code TECHSTARS15.
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“We shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now,” - Etienne de Grellet.
As a result of the pandemic, everyone is suffering in different ways. Businesses have suffered, startups have suffered and individuals are stressed out and everyone is anxious. Each of us needs to do what we can to help others both in business and in all that we do in life.
BDO, a Management Consulting and Accounting firm that does a lot to support startups, has put together a very comprehensive business support site for the Covid-19 world. There is information on a wide variety of topics and issues and clear identification of changes that you need to make to succeed. Check it out at:
To see the most up to date information on Federal plans that are available:
For startups and businesses looking for more information on funding as well as great webinars and podcasts covering startup related issues or for general help with your business go to or, for help from the government and great information on how to build and grow a business, go to:
Other Upcoming Events:
To see listings of some upcoming events aimed at supporting businesses in these trying times, check out the Digital Nova Scotia website: the Volta website. Volta is one of Canada’s largest provider of co-working space space and support services to help startups grow and prosper. To learn more and see upcoming events and programs: Some upcoming events include:
July 15th- Techstars Meet and Greet: Techstars produce the startup digests and help build great companies (More than 2,000 have been helped with a market cap of $23 Billion so far). Attend this session to find out about accelerators, programs and more that can help you turn your idea into a successful business:
More from Techstars: Is Health Care of interest to you? Covid-19 combined with data analytics and AI have opened huge opportunities for startups in Health Care. Check out the 10 laws of Health Care and find areas of interest:
**July 15th-2:30 PM- Women’s Pitch Europe- Join this Virtual event and see some great ideas presented:
**July 16th-9 AM- Personal Branding that Works for You. Chantal Brine a well known speaker and branding expert will present a one hour session that can help all do a better job of branding at a time where your brand is one of the keys to success:
July 21st-10 AM. Wage support programs to assist in hiring students. Thanks to the Chamber of Commerce, hear from experts about the various programs available that can help you get great people at a low cost:
July 23rd- 2 PM- A great opportunity to learn from an expert the ins and outs of startup equity, compensation and Cap Tables. How to use these elements as part of your pitch to impress investors and gain funding. Sponsored by Startup Grind:
**July 29th-5 PM- Pitch BC- Virtual event to hear some great pitches from the west coast:
Aug. 3rd: Volta online pitch competition. Apply by August 3rd for the competition on the 14th. Great publicity, mentoring and support- Give it a shot:
Aug. 4- 12 PM- The Ocean Startup Challenge provides an opportunity to join a tremendous support program in Nova Scotia. Learn about the program and how to apply:
**Together we can rebuild our economy and truly show the world that Nova Scotia is a place where anyone who has a great idea can build a startup, get the help they need and succeed!

How Global Insurance Brand MetLife is Partnering with Startups to Power Innovation in Financial Wellness

Join MetLife’s innovation office, Techstars and financial wellness startup, Zogo Finance on August 18 at 12pm ET for an online Ask Me Anything to learn what successful startup engagement really looks like. MetLife’s Chief Innovation Officer John Geyer, and VP of Innovation Terrance Luciani will share how they are teaming up with startups to drive new value across their business and are developing multiple POCs and pilots. Save your spot!
Techstars Startup Digest Halifax is curated by:
John Hamblin John Hamblin - Curator-Halifax
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