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The Atlantic Investment Bubble

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You’re invited to join a Fireside Chat on Tuesday, September 14th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm on the Atlantic Investment Bubble.

To join, please register on Eventbrite and you’ll receive a calendar invitation with the meeting link. 

Over the past four months, unprecedented effort has been underway with a regional working group of 22 entrepreneurs, investors, and industry groups to create a renewed call-to-action that builds on the success of the Atlantic Bubble and our regional collaboration in managing the pandemic.   We came together with a common goal of seeing our region’s economy emerge stronger from the pandemic than we were before.

Our first call-to-action is for the Atlantic provinces and federal government to collaborate on the creation of an Atlantic Investment Bubble pilot program.

Start-ups and SME’s in Atlantic Canada are looking for ways to recover and grow in a post-COVID environment. To scale their existing business models, they will need to attract capital and the competition for that capital is fierce.

The Atlantic Investment Bubble would see an evolution of the current equity tax credit programs, including the Small Business Investment Tax Credit programs that currently exist in each Atlantic Canadian province, making it available to all residents in Atlantic Canada regardless of which province they decide to invest in.  The Atlantic Investment Bubble will grow the pool of capital available to Atlantic Canadian companies and will strengthen our provincial and regional economies in the process.

We hope you can join us for the Fireside Chat to hear from some of the champions behind this initiative. You’ll have a chance to learn more about the proposal, ask questions and find out how you can help make this dream a reality.  

A website has also been created on the Atlantic Investment Bubble, which includes a detailed discussion paper.  Please check it out, add your name as a supporter, and share with your networks.

Propel’s Kathryn Lockart is Guest Speaker at Upcoming Ecosystem Development Webinar

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Kathryn Lockhart, Chief Executive Officer of Propel, will be a guest speaker at Startup Genome’s webinar on the topic of: Value Creation, Not Valuation: How to Attract Venture Capital and Build a Thriving Innovation Economy through Commercialization.

The webinar takes place MAY 11th, 12:00 – 1:00 pm Atlantic [8:00am – 9:00am San Francisco Time]

Other speakers include Max Menke, Founding Partner, GrowthXAndrew Goldner, Co-founder, GrowthXMartin Giese, Managing Director, XPRENEURS incubator, and Stephan Kuester, Head of Ecosystem Strategy at Startup Genome.

Hear how GrowthX is partnering with innovative tech ecosystems around the world to unlock exponential startup growth by embracing commercialization as the key to startup success. Startup Genome and GrowthX will show how private-public partnerships have transformed nascent startup ecosystems into thriving hotbeds of activity that are galvanizing previously cautious local venture capital dollars while creating a new wave of local, high growth businesses.

Click here to register

Does Atlantic Canada have a blueprint for rural revival in the post-pandemic era?

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When Mike Morrison left his hometown of Fredericton, New Brunswick, for Calgary, Alberta, he assumed he’d never go back except to visit.

Morrison was following a well-trodden path of Atlantic Canadians heading west to find work rom which few returned. During the mid-aughts, Alberta was booming thanks to the high price of oil. To Morrison, migrating west seemed an easy choice. “If I stayed, my options were to be a supply teacher or work in a call center.”

Read more at TechCrunch

Bell Let’s Talk 2021 – Join the conversation! January 28, 2021

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When it comes to mental health, now more than ever, every action counts!
Earlier this month Bell kicked off the campaign to mark it’s11th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day, and hope you’ll join in this important conversation about mental health.

The theme of the 2021 campaign is: When it comes to mental health, now more than ever, every action counts. As we are all facing difficult times together and demand for mental health support has increased during the COVID-19 crisis, we can collectively take action to support everyone’s mental health this Bell Let’s Talk Day.

Bell surpassed more than 1.1 billion messages of support for mental health bringing the total commitment to $113,415,135, which includes the original $50 million anchor donation when Bell Let’s Talk launched in 2010, as well as the additional $5 million committed in response to the COVID-19 crisis. You’re invited to join in on January 28, 2021.

On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will donate more towards mental health initiatives in Canada by contributing 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, social media video view and use of our Facebook frame or Snapchat filter.

Now more than ever, mental health matters. With your support, Bell hopes to take the mental health conversation to new heights.