Creativity is Fredericton’s Bread and Butter


FREDERICTON'S CULTURE OF INNOVATION

Creativity is Fredericton’s Bread and Butter

It is no surprise that world-class companies like Siemens and Salesforce choose to locate in Fredericton. Known for being a cost-competitive smart city, and the Startup Capital of Canada, the Fredericton region has proved itself time and time again to be an innovation hub that continues to produce undeniable startup talent, leading academic research, and some of the country’s largest technology exits. For companies looking to expand their operations, Fredericton is an ideal location due to its highly-skilled labour force, strategic access to foreign markets, and low operating costs. But what does Fredericton have to offer apart from its business-friendly attributes and award-winning lifestyle? Culture. In this column we explore Fredericton’s thriving creative sector, and why investing in our creative industries is an economic imperative.

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Chris, a Homegrown Talent


A Frederictonian by birth, Chris McGinn chose to stay close to his roots in pursuit of his Bachelor of Business Administration the University of New Brunswick, one of the leading and most entrepreneurial universities in the country. Offering world-class programs and degrees in over 60 disciplines, the university is a known breeding ground for talent and innovation. Chris found his way to Ignite Fredericton through a unique partnership developed between the Export Igniter program, and the Faculty of Business Administration. As an eager undergraduate, Chris was paired with a high-growth startup to gain real world experience and to assist the company in conducting extensive market research, lead generation, and the creation of an export strategy. Already familiar with the business landscape, and having been praised for his dedication and passion by those in the program, Chris was a great addition to our team here at Ignite Fredericton:

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Jamie Means Business


Originally from New Brunswick's historically-rich port city, Jamie is a Saint Johner turned Frederictonian due to her passion for business and love for Fredericton's small town feel and sense of community. Having previously worked with the Government of New Brunswick as the Premier's Executive Assistant, Jamie quickly developed a taste for economic development and decided to pursue a continued career of creating positive impact in the community that she proudly calls home. Jamie found herself immediately drawn to the collaborative and innovative business culture that Fredericton is so widely known for, and eagerly accepted a position as Ignite Fredericton's new Business Intelligence Coordinator. Jamie comes to us from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Finance and Business Administration. An explorer at heart, Jamie spends her down time planning worldwide adventures and cuddling up with a good book. We sat down with Jamie and asked...

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KIRA Awards Celebrate 20 Years of New Brunswick Innovation


FREDERICTON'S CULTURE OF INNOVATION

Gleaner Column

Igniting our Economy: KIRA Awards Celebrate 20 Years of New Brunswick Innovation

Innovation is both exciting and critical to our economic fabric. Embracing innovation will not only lead to pathways for growth, but it will also position us to compete on the global stage. This year, Fredericton will be hosting the 20th annual Knowledge and Innovation Recognition Awards (KIRA) on May 3rd, at the Fredericton Convention Centre, in celebration of innovative excellence across various sectors in New Brunswick. Recognizing the importance of innovation begs the question of “what exactly is innovation?” and “are we innovative?

The Conference Board of Canada defines innovation “as the process through which economic and social value is extracted from knowledge through the generation, development, and implementation of ideas to produce new or improved strategies, capabilities, products, services...

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Importance of A Multicultural Society and How Fredericton Speaks Welcome


FREDERICTON'S CULTURE OF INNOVATION

Gleaner Column

Importance of A Multicultural Society and How Fredericton Speaks Welcome

Over the next three years, Canada is expecting to welcome roughly one million newcomers, and due to the strength and mobility of the country’s labour market, immigration will be at an all-time high. Newcomers play a critical role in economic development: adding skilled talent to our workforce, encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation, increasing human capital, and creating a culturally rich and robust landscape. Canadians are facing the dawn of an aging population, as well as a  significant decrease in birth rates - an aspect that raises tremendous concern about filling the jobs of the future and sparking innovative output. Without immigration, our population would find itself in a dangerous decline, seriously compromising the sustainability and welfare of our economy. In thi...

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Why Craft Beer Is a Smart Pour


There should be no debate that the microbrewery industry in New Brunswick adds significant value to the economy. As an industry that currently employs thousands, and has an annual (indirect and induced) impact of $8.3 million, the micro-brewery sector has the potential to multiply 17 times over in the next 10 years to an astonishing $144.5 million. Producers of craft beer, mead, wine and cider are quickly becoming a staple of every day society, and as such we need to welcome and help foster their growth. With a backbone of over 60 academic institutions and research centres, New Brunswick is uniquely positioned to house and help grow the sector and as a result, satisfy a growing demand. Paired with Fredericton’s cost-competitiveness, talent pool, and an ideal proximity to large consumer markets, many craft brewers are rushing to make our city their homestead.

Fredericton’s craft brewery industry has witnessed rapid expansion and is now home to 15 breweries and brewp...

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Real Impact from Very Real Startups


FREDERICTON'S CULTURE OF INNOVATION

Gleaner Column

Real Impact from Very Real Startups

Last month, we shared with our readers why Fredericton is an attractive and ideal place for entrepreneurs looking to start, grow and locate their business, and what makes Fredericton a strong contender in attracting and retaining international talent. Apart from a compelling value proposition that includes cost-competitiveness, a growing population, access to innovation, and a lifestyle like none other, Fredericton is also a breeding ground for high-growth startup talent. In lieu of a recent article by Financial Post columnist, Diane Francis, claiming that the Canadian government is throwing taxpayer dollars at fake startups, we’d like to take this opportunity to shed some light on the impact accelerators/incubators have on the fate of our emerging startups, and the not-so-fake companies that are spurred from them.



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How Fredericton is Attracting Int'l Entrepreneur Talent


FREDERICTON'S CULTURE OF INNOVATION

Gleaner Column

How Fredericton is Attracting International Entrepreneur Talent

In our last few columns we focused on the amazing local startups that are being incubated and grown in Fredericton, punching above their weight class and competing in the global business arena. The supportive ecosystem and competitive business environment that our city is known for doesn’t just produce great companies, it also attracts them from around the world. In this column, we’re focusing on how Fredericton is attracting and retaining international entrepreneurs to our business community with a particular focus on immigrant entrepreneurs.

We already know that Fredericton fits many of the key criteria that shape an entrepreneur’s decision on where to move a business: market access and growth potential, access to innovation (R&D and talent), cost competitiveness, and...

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Dylan, A Rural Renaissance Man


2017 was a year of great accomplishment for the Fredericton business community. Between Planet Hatch and Ignite Fredericton alone, we saw thirty new businesses get started in the Greater Fredericton Region! In our December and January Gleaner column series titled Startup 2017 Highlights, we showcased Fredericton's vibrant startup community, highlighting some of the local talent that resides in our very own backyard and the players that make it all possible. We also touched on a variety of incubation and acceleration programs running through the City's entrepreneurial hub, Planet Hatch, in which there were 85 new startups and six new exporters!

We often say that a company is only...

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Startup 2017 Highlights


STARTUP HIGHLIGHTS - PART I (December 2017)
As we look back on 2017, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight our vibrant startup community in my articles for December and January.  It has been an impressive year seeing more than 85 new startups move through through Planet Hatch’s partnered incubation and acceleration programs, and benefit from the 75+ programs/events, which run through our entrepreneurial hub.  Between Planet Hatch and Ignite Fredericton alone - we helped 34 businesses get started this year! 

For the benefit of all the readers I would like to first explain the term ‘startup’, as some perceive this to be business jargon related only to the IT industry.  A startup can be in ANY sector or industry!

‘Startup 101’:  According to Wikipedia, a startup is defined as “an entrepreneurial venture which is typically a newly emerged, fast-grow...

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