Innovation Canada

Startup Canada and Innovation Canada are thrilled to be partnering to provide our Community Leaders with helpful resources to support your entrepreneurial ecosystem. I’d like to introduce you to Kate Poirier, the Director of Marketing and Outreach, and Christina McDonald, the Manager of Marketing and Outreach at Innovation Canada (CC’d here). A number of our Leaders participated in the “Your Inside Guide to Government” Webinar in December with Kate and Christina, and we are delighted to provide you with more information about the platform to share with the members of your Startup Community.

  • The platform:  – an easy one-stop-shop where you can find all the federal, provincial and territorial programs – plus a few non-profits too – available to help you achieve your business goals. Get a tailored list of programs for your needs in under 2 minutes, and save your details to get notified if anything new comes up.
  • Marketing shareables: the new external Marketing Shareables site has all the buttons, slides, social media posts and more you need to spread the word about to your colleagues and let them know where to find what they need too.
  • Background: A little more information about Innovation Canada programs and the Innovation Advisors service, including how to reach them (hint: give them a call at 1-833-201-4358 and they can put you in touch when you are ready). Attached you’ll also find a brief article outlining the available services.

Thank you for your continued support in building Canada’s entrepreneurial landscape, and we look forward to hearing how these resources are able to support you and your community!

Moncton Investors/Entrepreneurs

Moncton Investors/Entrepreneurs

Many young businesses tend to ask, “what is the best way to acquire investors in my business?”

The answer is… there is no best way. Finding investors is a process, it takes planning and hard work. But here are a few tips that may make find your perfect investor a little bit easier.

1.) Have a well-thought-out business plan

The very first thing you need to do it get investors interested in your business is to sit down and really take the time to create an organized business plan. How do you plan to grow your company and make it profitable? If you’re having troubles establishing your business plan, companies such as; 3+ Corp¹, Community Business Development Canada² (CBDC) or, Futurpreneur³, can work with you to construct an effective business plan.¹²³

2.) Networking to build relations

Network building is crucial when looking for investors. If you have a vast network of relationships finding investors becomes much easier. With high community standing investors may even seek you out! Get yourself out there, go to events and meet some new people you never know who you might run into. If you’re not sure where to start your networking, start here; StartUp Moncton¹ (SUM). The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton² (CCGM) is also an excellent place to start networking. Another great way to network is through social media, for example, LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a great way to connect with companies and business owners in your area. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and so on; are also good but are they are more personal so be aware of what you post. By getting involved in local events, getting yourself out there and keeping a social media presence you will have a stronger growing network in no time; with a strong network comes people looking for investment opportunities.¹²

3.) Pitches

Once you have an investors attention you are going to need to keep it. This is where an out-standing pitch is needed. Make sure you know what you want to say, explain to them exactly how investing in your business will make them money. Don’t beat around the bush; be direct. If you’re not feeling confident in your pitch, there are always ways to improve. Take the SUM pitches competition, for example, it’s a perfect opportunity to practice your pitches.

4.) Accelerators and incubators

If after going through the first three steps you still need a boost to find investors, accelerator and incubator programs are a good way to do so, but what are accelerators and incubators?


Accelerator programs come from companies such as B-Corps¹, Venn Innovation² and propel ICT³. Accelerators take your business through roughly 2 years of business growth within a few months. They provide you with a small starting capital and connect you to mentors in your field. At the end of the program, there is typically a demo show of sorts to display how your company has grown, thus attracting outside investors.¹²³


Incubator programs may take on earlier startups but they tend to be more specific depending on their sponsor. For example, an incubator program sponsored by a school may only be looking for educational startups. Usually, when accepted into an incubator program you will be relocated to work with other companies in the same incubator program. Co-working is a major part of an incubator program; you have shared workspaces and help refine each other’s ideas. The program will provide you with external mentors as well as a connection to the community. A couple of examples of this are the Hive la rouche¹ and Volta².

Both these programs are beneficial if you find the right fit for you. However, in either scenario, you will be connected to the community and longtime professionals in your field; building your network up and attracting investors. Hopefully, these tip help find the investor you’ve been trying to rope-in for so long.

If you’re still interested in learning more about accelerators and incubators, or even investors in general, here a few links to check out;

Entrepreneurship Empowers Everyone

Entrepreneurship Empowers Everyone

Welcome / Bienvenue to our Entrepreneurs who will have registered a table to showcase their companies and will have an opportunity to speak at our event April 23rd at the Dieppe Public Library,

Speaker – Futurpreneur
Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for two decades. We are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Our internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 3,000 volunteer mentors.

Workspace Moncton is a community of bold minds who have chosen to work under the same roof. Our environment and the people around us inspire us to take action, to grow, to do better. Our Downtown location offers meeting space and private offices as well as co-working memberships

StanceWise is a provider of marketing and business training services, as well as a builder of an entrepreneurial and small business owner community. We offer weekly training and workshops, private and shared office space, and one on one and group coaching opportunities. We challenge entrepreneurs to push beyond the limits of their mindset (“their stance”) and give them the tools and support they need to build their business into an asset that will enrich every aspect of their life!

Scotia Bank
We offer personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets, through our global team of approximately 90,000 Scotiabankers.

Public Services and Procurement Canada – Office of Small and Medium Enterprises
The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) in Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) advocates on behalf of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and encourages their participation in federal government procurement. The Government of Canada purchases approximately $20 billion of goods and services each year – OSME can help businesses navigate the federal procurement process by raising awareness of opportunities and explaining the benefits of using, the federal portal to procurement information.

We would like to invite you to our upcoming networking event on April 23rd, 6pm – 8pm, at the Dieppe Public Library.
Speaker – Futurpreneur
Tables to showcase your business are available for $50. To fill out the Vendor Registration Form click here.


We hope to see you there!

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McKenzie College Social Entrepreneurship Program

McKenzie College Social Entrepreneurship Program

McKenzie College’s Social Entrepreneur Program is now accepting applications for the Jan/Feb 2019 intake of its 43 week post-graduate accelerator program.

Socially responsible entrepreneurs create innovative solutions to advance positive social or environmental change within their communities.

McKenzie College’s unique Social Entrepreneur Program helps new entrepreneurs find their voice through a structured experiential learning process. Social Entrepreneurs are provided with all of the business skills, tools and mentoring needed to plan and launch a profitable social enterprise.

Call 855-888-6053 to reserve your spot

Do Well While “Doing Good” and Be Remarkable!

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OASIS NBCC | Mentorship Program

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Recruitment now open for NBCC OASIS mentorship program


NBCC’s OASIS program is accepting applications for its fall session in Moncton. Different from other mentorship programs in both delivery and scope, OASIS is an innovative program where entrepreneurs can find a home. The program matches small business owners with experienced mentors all through a unique, structured, and multi-leveled mentorship process.

OASIS is a community mentorship program offered to small business owners allowing them to work ‘on’ their business while working ‘in’ their business. There are professional development sessions that run throughout the 12 weeks, but the mentorship meetings with assigned mentors are coordinated by participants around their schedules.

The only cost to the small business owner is their investment of time. You will meet with your mentor and attend professional development sessions totaling 10-12 hours over 12 weeks.

The program’s success is based on tactical mentorship activities, professional development and community networking opportunities. And it is making a difference to small business owners in the program.

OASIS also boasts a 97% satisfaction rate amongst our participants. And now we’re excited to watch this program grow in a new area. We are recruiting for both OASIS mentees and mentors. OASIS is open to small business owners currently in need of support and guidance to reach their business goals. We are also seeking mentors who want to support these owners.

 97% say the OASIS program met their expectations
 94% were satisfied with their mentorship match
 97% would recommend the program to other entrepreneurs
 96% said they believe their leadership as a business owner has increased
 57% has seen a positive increase in revenue
 56% have experiences growth in their social media exposure
 45% have seen their client base rise

Further information about the program, as well as applications, can be found online. Check us out online at or call our program coordinator at 506-778-6746. Applications are open until August 21.

Program seats available in Moncton for Fall session (September-December 2018). Apply today! Also recruiting for MENTORS in the Moncton area.

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