Ignite Fredericton Blog: July 2017

The KIRA's Are Coming


FREDERICTON'S CULTURE OF INNOVATION

Gleaner Column

Chapter 6 – The KIRA's Are Coming and Celebrating Business in Innovation!

Building on our last two columns…Ignite Fredericton, economic development catalyst agency, has partnered with the federal and provincial governments to deliver three days of innovation-focused content during New Brunswick Innovation Week from May 3 to 5. As key innovation partner, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is funding these Fredericton-based events to target youth, academia/research and business.  

We have a stellar lineup of international and local speakers, and the best part is the programming is FREE with the exception of the KIRA Awards.  Don't miss this opportunity to network with industry peers; learn about innovative best practices and initiatives; and help us celebrate New Brunswick's finest in all sectors!

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Another Startup is Growing their Team!


Lisa Kinney, who joined Planet Hatch to make a mark on the Fredericton startup ecosystem, is now moving from supporting startups to joining one. She will be bringing her expertise in client outreach, business development, and operations to eChart Healthcare, founded and led by Amanda Betts.

Lisa joined the Planet Hatch team in January of last year as the Entrepreneurial Services Coordinator. During her time at Planet Hatch she expanded programming and events held in the centre, created new initiatives for the city’s ecosystem, and redesigned the space.

“My experience working at Planet Hatch has been inspiring,” said Lisa. “I love how passionate people are about their own businesses, and how the community supports entrepreneurs.”

eChart is changing lives with how families stay connected within their new life of long-term...

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Air Access is Critical for Economic Vitality!


Excluding people - what is the lifeline of a community? I would argue that air infrastructure and services are so vital that without them a community can become economically stagnant.  

Air service and infrastructure means:

Ability to reach export markets for business expansion and growth.  In an export-dependent province, which generates over $12 billion in provincial GDP, air access is critical for the region, which encompasses over 4,186 businesses (Hoover 2016).

Ability to attract new businesses and investment.  Air access is a key variable during the decision-making process with site selectors and C-level executives.

Sector growth and cluster development.  The continued growth of sectors like information & communications technologies, bio sciences and engineering  relies on air access. The demand will only increased through the emergence of new areas like cybersecurity and smart grid.

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