Category: Entrepreneurship

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  • 5 Lessons Learned From Working at a Startup

    Upon graduating from the University of New Brunswick’s Renaissance College (Leadership Studies) in May 2015 I took a summer internship with the Pond-Deshpande Centre. I wasn’t sure if I would stay in New Brunswick or move west to my home town of Calgary. Fortunately, I crossed paths with HotSpot CEO Phillip Curley at the Our Top Talent pitch

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  • How Immigrating to Canada Launched This Dutch Entrepreneur’s Business

    Eltjo van Cingel is the son of Dutch potato farmers who immigrated to Canada in 1982. Interested in working with the land like his parents, he earned his Masters in Plant, Soil & Environmental Sciences in 1992. After several years in product development for New Brunswick’s limestone industry, van Cingel set out on an entrepreneurial

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  • Gaming for Good: Canadian Entrepreneur Looks to Help Flint Kids

    New Brunswick entrepreneur Joshua Sallos has long been interested in both gaming and social justice, and was looking for an opportunity to combine both passions. With the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, Sallos found his next project. Sallos is one of the minds behind Age of Agua, an upcoming mobile game aiming to teach children

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  • New Brunswick Wins Big at Startup Canada Awards

    The 2016 Startup Canada Awards were handed out Tuesday in Toronto, and New Brunswick was among the big winners of the evening. Winners were announced at a ceremony attended by leading Canadian investors, innovators, and executives including our own CEO Stephen Lund. This year’s Startup Canada Community of the Year Award went to Startup Fredericton, the

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  • Choosing the Startup Life: Thoughts from a C-Suite Entrepreneur

    Erin Flood serves as COO of Fredericton’s HotSpot Parking. A New Brunswick native, Flood spent several years with her family in Toronto before returning to Atlantic Canada. It was that return home that helped further spark her interest in entrepreneurship, and a desire to help launch a new business. Flood and CEO Phillip Curley have

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  • New Brunswick Company Looks to Bring Panera Bread to More Canadians

    In September, New Brunswick’s Franchise Management Inc. (FMI), owned and operated by Dwight Fraser and Greg Walton, announced its acquisition of 12 Panera Bread locations in Ontario. It is an exciting next step for the Woodstock-based company, which began as a simple mom-and-pop operation in the early 1990s. The company has seen tremendous growth since its

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  • A Look at New Brunswick’s Small Businesses

      Small businesses—typically defined as those companies with under 100 employees—make up 97.9 percent of employer businesses in Canada according to statistics from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. In time for Small Business Week 2016, Opportunities NB (ONB) would like to highlight the contribution made to New Brunswick’s economy by small businesses. In the below image you’ll find

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  • How This Non-Profit Is Strengthening the Technology Workforce

    Opportunities in the tech sector are growing, and so is Canada’s Aboriginal population. New Brunswick’s Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) is not only training Aboriginal people to work in the tech sector, we are finding them jobs as well; both in New Brunswick’s world-class industry, and beyond. With JEDI’s October 12th Plenary Navigating the Future in ICT fast approaching, we would like

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  • $1 Million Breakthru Startup Competition Launches National Prize

    The New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF) is an independent, not-for-profit corporation that makes venture capital investments in startups, funds R&D inside SMEs, and applied research at publicly-funded colleges and universities. This fall, the corporation’s biennial startup competition, Breakthru, is going nationwide for the first time with one national prize of up to $250,000 (including both cash and entrepreneurial services) aimed

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