STELLARTON – A booming business full of ideas that could turn into local enterprises spiced the weekend at the Nova Scotia Community College’s Pictou Campus.
Mashup Weekend: Pictou County began with registration early Friday evening before work followed for several hours after that and all day Saturday.
Pulse Pictou County hosted the edition of Mashup Lab, an organization founded in 2014 to generate ideas that lead to establishing rural businesses.
The lab is a new idea championed by Bridgewater resident Andrew Button. This is the first time the session has taken place in Pictou County after three previous events in western Nova Scotia.
A similar event has been scheduled on November 4 and 5 in Bedeque, P.E.I.
The weekend offered a process for delegates to turn business ideas into actual businesses in Pictou County, Pulse member Jim Proudfoot said.
“We wanted to fill the room with people who have ideas: ideas people are actively working on, ideas on the back burner, basic concepts and dreams,” he said. “We also wanted to fill the room with people who have the knowledge, skills, and experience to turn these ideas into action – such as successful entrepreneurs and business people, lawyers, accountants and marketers.”
The process began with ideas people shared with the entire group, while those who wanted to could join in developing the idea through Friday evening and Saturday with the help of facilitators before presenting their plans to a panel set up to provide advice.
“Business opportunities are everywhere, and it’s up to us to make them happen,” Proudfoot said.
In the end, five presentations were heard and examined for enterprises that could be rolled out over time.
From left: Wade Sullivan, Ryan Fraser, Joe Proudfoot and Nick MacGregor were among those who gathered on Friday for the start of the Mashup Weekend at the Nova Scotia Community College in Stellarton. (Goodwin photo)