What’s in the Secret Sauce at Planet Hatch?


No doubt you are aware of names like TechStars, MaRS, DMZ and YCombinator who are leading in the space of business incubation and acceleration in major cities.  What you may not be aware of is the high rate of innovation happening in our very own Planet Hatch, which was modelled after prominent accelerators across North America.

Since its birth in September 2013, New Brunswick’s flagship business accelerator has been fostering an environment to spur creativity and innovation, and it has supported over 156 companies.  There’s a real entrepreneurial buzz at Knowledge Park, as Planet Hatch continues to output new startup companies like WEnTech, Chinova Bioworks, Kognitiv Spark, and there’s more to come.  

Through the recent federal and provincial  funding announcement, $374,000 has been allocated to support the alignment of entrepreneurial services within the ecosystem, and the next iteration of activities, which we like to call “...

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Planting the Seeds of Continuous Growth


FREDERICTON'S CULTURE OF INNOVATION

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Chapter 3 – ‘Planting the seeds for continuous growth’

The last two columns provided some historical context on how Fredericton earned its global brand equity as a ‘smart city’ through diversification from a government/university town to a thriving knowledge-based economy.  The building blocks were significant investment in digital infrastructure, and building a ‘knowledge corridor’, known today at the Innovation District, anchored by Knowledge Park and the University of New Brunswick.

As I suggested last month, I truly believe that the knowledge industry is our equivalent to Alberta’s oil sands with such a large number of knowledge-based companies located in the Fredericton Region.  The continuous growth of this sector is what carried us through the recession, and is where we will see future growth and good paying jobs tomorrow.

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'May the 4th Be With You'


Last month’s column highlighted ‘Innovation Season’, and our upcoming KIRAs (Knowledge and Innovation Recognition Awards) on May 4th, celebrating excellence in technological, social and economic innovation across all sectors and industries in New Brunswick.  The KIRAs also mark the official kick-off to NB Innovation Week!

This year’s event will give a nod to “May the 4th Be with You” day  with a galaxy glam spin.  Don’t expect people to be wielding light sabers or to see Darth Vader, but you can expect lots of lights and sparkle during this optimal networking event.  The KIRA galaxy will be emceed by the award-winning Canadian comedy couple Naomi Snieckus & Matt Baramand, and will feature special musical guest, DJ SirK.

If you have not already checked out the 21 KIRA finalists  - here’s a short run-down of New Brunswick’s most innovative companies and organizations within their nominated c...

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Innovation District


FREDERICTON’S CULTURE OF INNOVATION

Gleaner Column

Chapter 2 – Innovation District (renamed by Gleaner: ‘The knowledge industry is Fredericton’s oilsands’)

In December, we explored the City’s journey of diversifying from a government/university town to a thriving knowledge-based economy, investing in digital infrastructure, and earning global brand equity as a ‘smart city’.

In this month’s column, you will learn about what’s happening in our Innovation District.  The concept of innovation district evolved from another key deliverable of the city’s first economic development strategy, Vision 2000.  It was to develop a ‘knowledge corridor’ by creating a technology and research park, and leveraging assets like the universities and research and development organizations.

Having started my career in economic development in 1992 with the launch of Vision 200...

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Innovation at the Forefront


FREDERICTON’S CULTURE OF INNOVATION

Gleaner Column

Chapter 1 – “Innovation at the forefront of city’s strategic approach”

Fredericton was founded on a tradition of innovation from the early pioneers to the forefathers who established the oldest university in Canada.

Innovation is in our DNA, it’s part of our culture.  When we think innovation, it typically conjures images of high tech companies and research & development, but it’s in the fabric of everything from our preserved heritage to the design of our streetscapes, green spaces, and art, cultural & recreational amenities. 

Being the fourth highest university-educated population in Canada, it comes as no surprise that our universities and colleges continue to produce top-notch talent.
In this monthly column, I’m going to take you on the journey of how we evolved from a sleepy little government/university town to a thriv...

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It’s Innovation Season in New Brunswick!


Spring is in the air - well actually innovation is! March kicked off the start of innovation season celebrating and recognizing innovation in New Brunswick.

BreakThru, presented by the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, awarded over $1 million dollars to four companies on March 23rd at their signature ‘Late Night’ styled event. It was a high energy, exciting evening, and we congratulate all of the participants, and final winners: Pfera (NB grand prize); Newpy (national grand prize); and SomaDetect & WEnTech Solutions (both NB runners up).

The first Energy Innovations Forum, presented by the Smart Grid Innovation Network (SGIN), took place April 4-5th at the Fredericton Convention Centre, featuring global, Canadian and local industry experts, who are innovating and playing in the smart grid and smart energy space.  In addition to top-notch speakers, 300+ delegates had the opportunity to network with other energy sector businesses, utilities, researc...

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Innovative Approach to Newcomer Retention


We kicked off January with our ‘Top 10 Highlights Fuelling Economic & Population Growth’ with  Newcomer Settlement’ placing seventh on our list.  It evokes a great sense of pride when I see the growing cultural diversity in our community from places of business to the availability of ethnic cuisine to my childrens’ friends.  Growing up in Fredericton, I can say that is was predominantly white, and going out for ethnic food was limited to Canadian Chinese buffet.  What an amazing transformation over the last decade!

Fredericton has continued to attract newcomers from around the globe, which enriches our cultural diversity and skilled workforce.  However, it is not just about attracting people here - it is about making Fredericton the most welcoming community, so that newcomers can build fulfilling lives and careers here. This is why Ignite Fredericton speared New Brunswick’s first Local Immigration Partnership (LIPF) to...

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Tackling the Skills Gap


We are re-republishing some of our Daily Gleaner articles from 2016. It's a good reminder of who we are, what we believe, and where we are going.

My last two columns provided some historical context on how Fredericton earned its global brand equity as a ‘smart city’ through diversification from a government/university town to a thriving knowledge-based economy.  The building blocks were significant investment in digital infrastructure, and building a ‘knowledge corridor’, known today at the Innovation District, anchored by Knowledge Park and the University of New Brunswick.

As I suggested last month, I truly believe that the knowledge industry is our equivalent to Alberta’s oil sands with such a large number of knowledge-based companies located in the Fredericton Region.  The continuous growth of this sector is what carried us through the recession, and is where we will see future growth and good paying jobs tomor...

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Fredericton's Innovation District


We are republishing some great articles that we wrote for the Dialy Gleaner last year. They reflect the hard work, thought, and vision of so many of our city's business leaders, innovators, educators, and city staff.

Fredericton's Innovation District

In December, we explored the City’s journey of diversifying from a government/university town to a thriving knowledge-based economy, investing in digital infrastructure, and earning global brand equity as a ‘smart city’.

In this month’s column, you will learn about what’s happening in our Innovation District.  The concept of innovation district evolved from another key deliverable of the city’s first economic development strategy, Vision 2000.  It was to develop a ‘knowledge corridor’ by creating a technology and research park, and leveraging assets like the universities and research and development organizations.

Having starte...

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Innovation at the forefront of Fredericton's strategic approach


Fredericton was founded on a tradition of innovation from the early pioneers to the forefathers who established the oldest university in Canada. Innovation is in our DNA, it’s part of our culture.  When we think innovation, it typically conjures images of high tech companies and research & development, but it’s in the fabric of everything from our preserved heritage to the design of our streetscapes, green spaces, and art, cultural & recreational amenities. 

Being the fourth highest university-educated population in Canada, it comes as no surprise that our universities and colleges continue to produce top-notch talent.
In this monthly column, I’m going to take you on the journey of how we evolved from a sleepy little government/university town to a thriving knowledge-based economy.  We’re going to explore not only the information technology sector, but how our entrepreneurs are innovating across multiple sectors, and how our...

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