IGNITE Atlantic has moved to a new facility in New Glasgow at 352 East River Road to further support entrepreneurs and the innovation community in Atlantic Canada.
IGNITE is a local innovation hub where entrepreneurs, small businesses, and large industries all benefit from the structure, mentorship and opportunities provided. IGNITE encourages everyone to explore how they can make change possible in their communities. By engaging youth, communities, startups and industry to find solutions for challenges in the region, IGNITE is creating a local culture of innovation.
It has been just one year since IGNITE started in this region and it has have seen enormous growth. Within its new space, IGNITE hosts over a dozen startups, several student entrepreneurs, and has a dedicated area for community use, co-working, and a living lab. The building housing IGNITE will become known as the Innovation Cluster and also hosts partner organizations like Nova Scotia Business Inc., DEANS Tourism Association, Pictou County Chamber of Commerce, Y-Reach and Velsoft.
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) provided a $300,000 non-repayable contribution over two years to help IGNITE Atlantic Labs Inc. establish a business incubator serving Northeastern Nova Scotia.
“Investing in the innovation economy will help create good paying jobs by helping local businesses find new ways to solve old problems,” said Sean Fraser, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and to the Minister of Middle Class Prosperity, Associate Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for Central Nova.
“IGNITE is passionate about supporting new opportunities in the region to broadcast the contributions of local entrepreneurs and innovators to the wider ecosystem in Atlantic Canada. With the new and upcoming collaborative projects and programs, IGNITE is setting the bar for Atlantic Canada of what an innovation hub can do,” said Doug Jones, founder and CEO, IGNITE.
Visit igniteatlantic.com to learn more about how IGNITE supports local innovation.