How Fredericton is Attracting Int'l Entrepreneur Talent


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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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Vanessa, A Small Town Farm Gal


With the constant commotion of startups bustlin' about, Planet Hatch is known to see a lot of activity on a daily basis. Drones flying overhead and sticky note covered walls; the hatch is a busy beehive of entrepreneurial nectar constantly attracting top talent! Now, we all know that every beehive needs a queen bee to make sure that everything runs smoothly and that no bee gets left behind. Well, consider Vanessa that powerhouse bee and the new face of Planet Hatch! We sat down with Vanessa and asked her to introduce herself, officially, to the Fredericton community:

What’s your story?
I was born the daughter of a farmer and Registered Nurse. Growing up on a farm in Hopewell, Nova Scotia, I spent most of my childhood building hay forts with my brother and sister, taking care of our varying collection of livestock, studying piano, violin and voice, or competing in 4-H competitions. I never saw the day I’d leave the farm, let alone...

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The Science of Innovation in NB’s Craft Alcohol Sector


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Chapter 13 – The Science of Innovation in NB’s Craft Alcohol Sector

The term ‘Innovation’ often times gets equated to technology-based applications. What doesn’t typically come to mind is the opportunity to employ innovative science to our traditional industries like agriculture, forestry and fisheries or to burgeoning sectors like craft alcohol.

The science behind alcohol production for consumption dates back to 4,000 BC with the Egyptians mastering the art and science of wine-making, and later fermentation-based brewing around 2,000 BC.  In 1668, Jean Talon established the first brewery in Quebec City – that innovatively incorporated both yeast and fermentation.  Since that time, the production of beer and alcohol has become wide, and varied, and the science behind them more and more complex. ...

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Meet Book, Like A Real Book!


As our team continues to grow, so do our employees. Michelle Hull, otherwise known as the friendly face that greets guests upon arrival and keeps our office running, will be stepping into a new role as one of our more senior members, Wendy Gallant, embarks on a new journey and raises a glass to retirement!

Wendy Gallant, our esteemed Office Manager and employee of over twenty-years, hopes to spend her time planning the occasional trip to warm climates, giving back to her community and re-discovering her love of quilting. 

With this, we've welcomed Book Sadprasid to our ever-growing team! Book comes to us from within the startup scene as a previous employee of SimpTek, a company that uses big data analytics to uncover insights about electricity to increase energy efficiency. Originating from Thailand, Book brings with her a love of photography, a quarky personality and a unique name. Known for introducing herself...

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Fredericton Region Well-Represented At National Pathways to Prosperity Conference


In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, The Pathways to Prosperity Annual National Conference closed the year reflecting on Canada’s current innovation in immigration research, policy, practice, and future steps. The conference was held in the city of Toronto, that became host to various Fredericton Region representatives.

Over 350 participants attended the National Conference, including six Fredericton stakeholders: The City of Fredericton, New Brunswick Population Growth Division, The Multicultural Association of Fredericton, The Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, The Local Immigration Partnership of Fredericton, and Ignite Fredericton.

Best practices and resources gathered by Fredericton region stakeholders present at the conference will work to enhance the level at which we continue to demonstrate Canada’s leadership in immigration and Atlantic Canada’s innovative practices, such as the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program and NouLab&...

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Enabling Innovation within the Arts & Cultural Community


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Chapter 12 - Enabling Innovation within the Arts & Cultural Community

In recent columns, we have explored innovation happening across multiple sectors, which most simply defined is the conversion of ideas into money.  Through the development of new solutions/methods -- businesses, government and institutions are better serving their customers to meet the ever-changing market demand.  In this month’s column, we will talk about some initiatives designed to help our vibrant art and cultural community convert their innovations into viable business enterprises.

At a macro level in 2014, we know that the economic impact of culture (which includes heritage, culture, and arts) was $670.5 million in New Brunswick.  We also know that the arts and cultural sector is a vital component in the attraction and retention of o...

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Research and Productivity Council


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Chapter 11 - Research and Productivity Council

I recently had the privilege to tour the Research & Productivity Council (RPC), and was blown away at the magnitude of world-class research taking place on College Hill Road. With over 1000 clients in 30 countries from around the world, RPC holds over $15 million in highly sophisticated scientific equipment, and it generates over $10 million annually in revenue.  In my humble opinion, this is an organization that has completely flown under the radar, and is a hidden gem in the heart of our Innovation District.

Eric Cook, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, graciously conducted a tour for Ignite Fredericton staff.  It was a learning experience, as I never knew that RPC had its original roots where Kings Place stands today. RPC was created as a result of the Research and Productivity A...

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Early Intervention Critical to Prevent $15B Loss


Last month, Ignite Fredericton and its Natural Resources Task Force (NRTF) supported task force member, ForestNB, with their advocacy campaign regarding the spruce budworm early intervention strategy.  You may be asking why?

This early intervention program combats the devastating effects of spruce budworm infestation that kills forests.  If left untreated, spruce budworm will cost Atlantic Canada $15.3 billion over 40 years… That means mill closures and the loss of jobs! It means the loss of carbon sinks, which help balance greenhouse gas emissions. It means dead, dry forests, which are more susceptible to wildfires.   

New Brunswick’s natural resources sector, comprising forestry, represents $3.98 billion in annual GDP employing 30,000 people. This breaks down to $600 million and 5,000 people employed in natural resources in the Fredericton Region largely due to the fact that over 25% of UNB graduates work in natural resources and relate...

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