Innovating Rural Communities

Cove Outpost

COVE brings together people, ideas, industry and research to help our  community and members work in new ways.

Together, we are a catalyst in  creating the world’s next practical, commercial and revolutionary ocean tech  advances. Located in Halifax Nova Scotia, on the world’s second largest natural harbour.

COVE provides a place where start-ups, small and medium enterprises, large businesses, and post-secondary institutions can foster innovation and growth in the ocean sector with common use infrastructure, including prototyping and testing facilities. COVE features include an eight acre site with 12 acres of accessible water lots, 53,120 sq. ft. of office, workshop and shared space, including an on-site incubation facility. Members have direct harbour access with 2,850 ft. of wharf face, featuring two 300+ ft. finger piers with water depth up to 50 ft. Shared mechanical and electronics prototyping and testing facilities allows members to get products out to market faster. The site has acres available for storage lay-down assembly and mobilization in a secure, fenced compound.

“In formalizing the relationship with COVE, IGNITE is continuing help grow the ocean economy of Rural Nova Scotia by connecting our entrepreneurs and industry into a greater global network. Under the leadership of Jim Hanlon, COVE has become a global force in Ocean Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship. The relationship with COVE allows for greater communication and partnership between the ocean industry in Nova Scotia and COVE leading to greater commercial opportunities, technology integration and overall growth in the ocean economy.”
Doug Jones
“COVE is pleased to formalize the great working relationship we have developed with IGNITE and with Doug Jones. COVE has attracted attention as a global centre for ocean technology commercialization, building on the deep ocean research and ocean engineering expertise in Halifax. Our relationship with IGNITE lets us build further connections to entrepreneurs located in Southwestern Nova Scotia; the heart of one of the most dynamic fisheries in North America. The deep subject matter expertise that IGNITE members bring along with the product commercialization power of COVE will accelerate the growth of Nova Scotia’s and Canada’s ocean economy.”
Jim Hanlon

News Release | COVE and IGNITE sign MOU for collaboration of expertise in the ocean tech sector

Article by: Sebastian Green

April 9, 2019 (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) – The Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE) and IGNITE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen the regional ocean innovation network, commercialization of new technologies, and to propel the success of entrepreneurs and businesses in the “fish tech” sector.

The partnership will deepen sector expertise of capture fisheries and aquaculture by sharing ideas for new technology creation and adoption and pairing amongst the members from both organizations. Working in collaboration to share a wealth of knowledge and expertise and access to infrastructure, COVE and IGNITE will increase connections among members to participate in networking events, identify supply chain partners, and commercial opportunities.

Based in Yarmouth and Pictou County, Nova Scotia, IGNITE is a technology incubator that offers a full range of services to its tenants and memberships that provides a direct link between the region’s business community, start-up ventures and educational institutions

COVE is a technology collaboration centre that serves pre-commercial start-ups, ocean technology firms of all sizes, traditional marine supply chain companies, and academic collaborations with industry.

On Thursday, May 21st, the COVE Ocean Connector will feature host speaker Doug Jones, CEO at IGNITE. Join us for an opportunity to connect with leaders in the ocean industry at the monthly networking event held virtually via Zoom Video Conferencing.


Leslie Munro
Communications Manager
Cell: (902) 266-2685

Kiah-Jade Bonnar
Industry Project Manager
Phone: 902-802-1409

About COVE
Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE) is an ocean tech business hub that encourages collaboration across sectors to connect local and international companies in the ocean sector. COVE brings together people, ideas, industry and research to help our community and members work in new ways. Together, we are a catalyst in creating the world’s next practical, commercial and revolutionary ocean tech advances. Irving Shipbuilding, as part of its Value Proposition commitments under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), has invested $4.52 million in COVE to support development of the programs and operations. Learn more about COVE at

IGNITE is Nova Scotia’s rural innovation hub where entrepreneurs, startups, and businesses work together. By providing opportunities for startups to create, grow, and develop, IGNITE is encouraging everyone to explore entrepreneurship as a career path without restrictions. IGNITE encourages the growth of entrepreneurship in Nova Scotia by collectively engaging youth, communities, startups and traditional industries to find solutions for challenges being faced in the region and has hosted many events centred around ocean innovation.