Entrepreneur and smartphone app developer Patrick Malone has his sights set on Fredericton. He has taken his smartphone app, iTendr, to the popular TV show Dragon’s Den. While Malone has been living in Vancouver for five years, he says the company is eyeballing Fredericton, which has a high profile in the tech community. Everyone in the tech community knows Radian6 sold to Salesforce for $600 million last year and that UNB is fertile ground for tech startups, says Malone. “For a small city, it is punching way above its weight class.”
The Concierge Service is a new initiative delivered by NRC-IRAP which offers info and guidance to Canadian SMEs. The mandate of Concierge is to be the primary trusted point of contact for SMEs wanting to grow their firms through innovation. Concierge provides them with relevant information on innovation resources available in Canada (e.g., funding, experts, facilities etc.), guidance in accessing the most relevant available innovation programs and resources, and referrals to appropriate organizations. The Concierge Service is now accessible to the public through the Concierge Service website or by calling the Client Contact Centre at 1-855-53-GUIDE.
This past summer, Karma Gaming began hiring staff for its headquarters in the historic brewery building on the Halifax waterfront, but as is often the case with start-ups, it found it difficult to find the best people in any one place. So it added staff in NB who will work for Karma remotely from that province as they prepare for a satellite office expansion. Company executives have also interviewed candidates in London, England, and the United States, and they have hired a contract worker in New York. “We’re making sure that when we scale up, we do so with talent first and geography second,” says CEO Paul LeBlanc.
Eigen Innovations Inc. is a UNB spin-off company that ticks a lot of boxes on investors’ checklists. The Fredericton startup has a strong industrial partner, patented software and an early adopter that will pay for its product. What’s more, it’s working in one of the sexiest segments of the technology sector, the industrial Internet. Eigen has taken algorithms developed at UNB and is using them to automate manufacturing processes, with the food processing industry as its first target market. The product will use thermal cameras to make sure food is processed as thoroughly and efficiently as possible.
Eigen Innovations is a UNB spin-off from Phase 3 of Springboard Atlantic (2011-2014).
In this time of rising social concerns, social entrepreneurs – those who want to found a business that meets a social, economic or environmental need and turns a profit – are growing in number. To help them, NB’s Pond-Deshpande Centre has launched B 4 Change, a social enterprise accelerator program. B 4 Change is taking six companies from NB and two from NS – and giving them the kind of training and mentoring usually available to companies that focus primarily on profitability.
A new Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) online directory will help companies identify, locate and connect with research expertise and facilities at universities, colleges and research hospitals across the country. The CFI Research Facilities Navigator search tool provides users with information on areas of expertise, research services, specialized equipment and contact information. The Navigator is geared to businesses looking to establish research collaborations that will help them innovate. Check it out here.
In collaboration with NSCAD’s Industry Liaison Office, Gary Markle (Fashion) and Glen Hougan (Design) were recently successful in attracting $200,000 in funding support over two years from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for a project called “Design for Healthy Aging”. The project includes collaborations with NSCC and Northwood nursing home.
There are three aspects to the project called “Design for Healthy Aging.” One stream is functional clothing design and accessories for seniors. The second is on medication management systems, and the third, in collaboration with NSCC for prototyping and development, has to do with assistive aids for the bathroom.
NSERC is very pleased to announce that Dr. Pierre Charest will become our new Vice-President of Research Grants and Scholarships. He replaces Isabelle Blain who begins her retirement on December 13.
Pierre currently holds the position of Associate Vice-President of Corporate Policy and Planning at NSERC and is a seasoned manager with extensive past experience at Health Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Canadian Forest Service. He has worked as a research scientist and has both policy and operational experience.
Looking for NSERC-funded expertise and projects? The search engine for the Awards Database has been improved. Want to know who is working on biofuels at the colleges? You can find it. Big data in the universities? Lots there. You can adjust the resolution to go broad, or focus in on something really specific. There are drop down menus, or in many cases, you can insert your own criteria.
College of the North Atlantic (CNA) is at the forefront of non-destructive testing, thanks to an investment from Bombardier Aerospace. The $250,000 investment will help further develop the non-destructive testing technician (NDT) facility at the college’s Port aux Basques campus. The investment will be dedicated to NDT training, testing, and research and development in the aerospace field, building upon the campuses existing strength in this discipline and will also continue to build NDT resources within the community. This NDT program is unique in that it is the only NDT centre in Atlantic Canada to provide training and Canadian General Standard Board (CGSB) examinations in the magnetic particle, liquid penetrant, certified exposure device operator, ultrasonics, and radiography disciplines.