Innovation and mentorship are just two of the words you think of when visiting Ignite Labs in Yarmouth.

It’s located at the NSCC’s Burridge Campus and provides low-cost office space, equipment and Internet to help new companies focus on developing products and services.

Doug Jones, founder and executive director of Ignite Labs tells CJLS News they try to include all industries in the region.

“It’s not just about technology start-ups, we have tourism-related businesses, marketing-related businesses, we’ve got new product-related businesses.”

He says tenants can also access mentors with expertise in technology, finance, governance, commercialization, marketing and law.

Jeff Mullen, Director of Enterprise Development for ACOA was there when Ignite Labs started.

“I believe, in my heart, that there are techie entrepreneurs in mom and dad’s basement all over rural Nova Scotia and we just need something to get them out of that basement, into one central spot, and see if we can start creating companies.”

He says the goal was to have 10 start-up companies in two years but Ignite Labs reached that goal in 9 months.

Meanwhile, Scott Dauphinee of the Lobster Trap Company says ignite Labs offered the services he needed after he found a good business opportunity.

“Looking for an industry that was looking for change and needed innovation. What fell in the centre of the radar was lobster traps.”

He says it all started with some sketch drawings and lots of time spent talking with fishermen.

Laurel Broten the executive director of Nova Scotia Business Inc says their role is to assist with export and innovation.

“What is exciting about this is the productivity and innovation voucher allows us to work at an earlier stage with companies, like the Lobster Trap Company to make sure that we’re working with them and helping and supporting them from the ground up.”

You can listen to the full interview with Ignite Labs, the Lobster Trap Company and NSBI this Sunday morning on the CJLS Weekender.

(Reported by Gary Nickerson)

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