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Startup Digest Halifax - Issue #8

The new world requires more support and more programs to help entrepreneurs and startups. As a result
Issue #8  •  July 20  •  View online  •  Suggest a link to us
The personalized insider newsletter for all things startup in Halifax.
The new world requires more support and more programs to help entrepreneurs and startups. As a result, we continue to focus on funding and staffing assistance and are featuring sites that provide updated funding information and support. We also provide information on a wide variety of opportunities and virtual events that can help almost any startup. As well, several organizations are now providing a wealth of information on how to “change” your strategy for the new world that we now face. Look over the information, learn new skills and incorporate what you learn in your plans.

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If you have any events that should be included in our digest, please see the link at the end of the digest and send us the relevant information. We want to provide as much information as possible to our startups and business community.
BDO: A large 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:
“Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of chaos, and sometimes in the middle of chaos, you find yourself.” — Boonaa Mohammed
We all need to persevere in this strange new world and, wherever possible, lend a hand to those around us.
Great Opportunity for Atlantic Startups: Propel ICT is launching “The Summer Showdown” for Atlantic Based Startups. Pitch your startup and win up to $50 K in support as well as getting great publicity. Now is the time to enter. Go to this link to learn more:
Also, check out the Volta Leap Program to get your startup ready to move forward and capture the support of the best accelerators as well as investors. Apply early for this great program:
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: and 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:
Upcoming that we are highlighting include:
July 21- 10 AM: Learn about the latest in Wage Support for Hiring Students:
July 22nd-12 PM-Hiring Strategies and how subsidies can help you grow!
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 24th- Blue Economy -Optimizing your ideas/opportunities with Design Thinking Part 1- 10:30- 11:30. Doug Jones, the CEO of Ignite, will present design thinking specifically emphasizing “Ocean” opportunities. Part 2 will be from 9-12 on July 29th with Christine Hamblin, the Innovation Leader for Accenture in Atlantic Canada leading the session. These 2 sessions are a great opportunity to learn skills that will help you in any future project you may undertake.
July 29th 9-12 PM - Part 2 of Blue Economy Design Thinking:
July 29th-12-1 PM: Smart ways to find and keep your ideal customers. Dashboard Marketing Presentation. All should listen in:
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:
Aug.7th_BIC/BIONOVA 2020 Challenge Applications Closing. If you have a Life Science or Health related startup this is your chance to win money and support. APPLY BY AUG.7TH:
Lots of great opportunities to learn new skills, network and get support. Don’t let them pass you by. Sign up and help yourselves and others grow our ECO system in Atlantic Canada!

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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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