Business Innovation in Rural Nova Scotia


Business and community leaders from across the province gathered in Yarmouth today, Oct. 23, to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation in Nova Scotia’s businesses. More than 200 Nova Scotians attended Innovation Fete at Nova Scotia Community College’s Burridge campus.

Yarmouth entrepreneur Scott Dauphinee shared his entrepreneurial story at the Fete. Mr. Dauphinee and his partners have developed a recyclable lobster trap, an innovation that has the potential to save fishers considerable time and money as well as significantly reduce waste. They are also choosing to build their business at Ignite Labs, a new business hub located on NSCC’s Burridge campus.

Since opening this summer, Ignite Labs has become a hotspot for entrepreneurs and innovators in Southwest Nova Scotia. Seven resident companies are already working out of the new hub, with other partners like Digital Nova Scotia and Mash-up Labs offering evening and weekend training sessions to the broader community.

Ignite Labs also connects with NSCC’s educational programs and local business associations, creating more bridges between our post-secondary system, startup companies and more established businesses in Southwest Nova Scotia.

“The flurry of activity happening in this region is really exciting,” said Doug Jones, serial entrepreneur and executive director of Ignite Labs. “Government, post-secondary institutions, business associations and our startup community are coming together to drive innovation and its working.”

“Nova Scotia has great economic potential and we need to keep working together to grow our economy, increase the number of high-growth companies and create jobs,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development on behalf of Business Minister Geoff MacLellan.

“By working together, we can build a stronger economic foundation for people to live, work and do business here, for the benefit all Nova Scotians.”

In June, government announced a new series of partnerships with Nova Scotia Community College, Cape Breton University, Cape Breton Partnership, Halifax Partnership and Dalhousie University to drive innovation, increase the number of high-growth companies and build stronger networks of support for entrepreneurs across the province.

Government also continues to create the conditions for more businesses to start and grow by removing barriers to economic growth, including recently passing legislation that will make the cost of incorporating a new company in Nova Scotia the lowest in the country as of January 1st.