Innovating Rural Communities


TURN2 Innovation Inc. is an innovative research and development company that focuses on developing great new products. Their extensive history and success in the sports industry and product development field makes them the ideal company to bring new products to market.

Xona Games is an award-winning indie game studio that makes intense arcade-style retro games. Xona’s games have ranked #1 in Canada and Japan, have become #1 best sellers in multiple countries, and their developers have placed #1 in competitive gaming competitions.

Saltwreck inc. was created for all proud Canadians with a desire for high quality, locally made artwork. Saltwreck creates beautiful prints that are 100% made in the Maritimes. The prints are intended to pull at your heartstrings and are unique, bold, and eye-catching.

Aerial Ridge is a Film Production & Marketing Company. They create content for business of any size and distribute across all media platforms. They deliver visual storytelling through brand stories, explainer video’s, event video’s, commercial’s, documentaries and more .

Ryan Shay loves to find other people’s potential for success and help them to achieve and realize their goals. He also feels obligated to help change and make the world more inclusive for everyone.

Wintergarden is a board game design company based on cooperative games. Its aim is to spark teamwork and creativity in others with games that will challenge friends and families alike. 

Lunasea Solutions Inc. provides world-class solutions to the tidal energy industry, but also focus on the transferability of our cost-effective, reliable, and user-friendly approaches to broader applications in ocean exploration, mapping, and monitoring.

GetintheLoop for Business makes local marketing easier. Attract and retain more customers with mobile offers, delivered directly to their phones.

The Lobster Trap Company Limited is focused on building, and supplying a 21st Century Lobster Trap that supports “UPSTREAM-SUSTAINABILITY” of lobster stock. This refers to improving the gear used to catch lobster and sustain lobster stocks.

BlackWatch.Tech is a startup tech company based in Yarmouth, NS making a difference in the local fishing industry and innovating safety equipment to make fisherman safer at sea.

When we donate, we often don’t know how effective our dollars are. Pinkaloo solves that by creating the best donor experience possible. Pinkaloo’s goal is to help individuals not only budget their giving, but find the right organizations to support, and make the process easy, fun, and modern.

Powered by Global Villages – Talenca is empowering the Renaissance of Rural by connecting smart innovations that solve local challenges with champions in Nova Scotia and the Atlantics.  Bridging the divide between rural startups and investors.

Green Oil Solutions specializes in oil filtration technology, and is currently developing filtration systems for marine and near-shore industries including commercial fishing. Green Oil also has a service to clean contaminants out diesel fuel and hydraulic oil for heavy machinery and equipment.

Tightline Anchor Inc. has redefined safe and effective, high performance anchoring tools for the paddlesports, small craft, and personal watercraft markets. Newly based out of Antigonish, their products are marketed and sold globally. 

Word-craft is a brand-building and social media strategy company.  Need an elevator pitch? A bio? A press release? Need it translated? How about an entire social media strategy? Word-craft helps you get your message out so you can attract customers and build your brand.

Cultivated Eco Systems is a women led, zero waste, Ag-tech company that is developing a soil probiotic to stabilize damaged soil environments to improve plant growth and crop yields. They recently won both the XLR8R Competition and the Spark Innovation Challenge for a total of $50,000 prize money in 2019. 

Ben has worked as a  designer for more than six years and over that time have come to specialize in branding, package design and strategy. He loves using design to help businesses reach their full potential, whether that’s through defining their brand, designing new packaging or solving a problem unique to their industry.

DNAX is an athletic clothing brand that originates from Antigonish. Started by two St. Francis Xavier University students, Alex Cormier and Adam Starr, DNAX is a brand that is defined by three core principles: Discipline, Nerve, and Ambition. These qualities and talents are part of our DNA, and they differentiate our unique stories from the rest. 

Chapel Cover Chocolate is a New Glasgow chocolatier, who produces custom gourmet chocolate bars and novelty items for retail, tourism, conventions, weddings, and special events. Originally started in 2013 they have been growing ever since. Working with IGNITE they are branching out into customized product lines for corporate orders and export. 

Loving Nova Scotia and all that it provides, Big Cove Foods brings you as many local ingredients as possible, some even grown directly from their farm. Big Cove Foods is providing a product that will spark creativity in people’s own kitchens as moving to the country has done for them. The focus on providing a great quality product worthy all kitchens.

Keep It Simple Coaching & Consulting is a human-centered and client-driven business aimed at supporting individuals and organizations. Through personalized conversations, group workshops, and consultation services, Change & Transition Coach, Michelle Hurlburt works with clients to help them reflect on, identify, and set personal and professional goals.

Keppoch Mountain is innovating the tourism industry by turning an unused ski mountain into the premier mountain biking destination for Atlantic Canada. In 2019, Josh and Logan from Keppoch Mountain won the Tourism Startup Weekend at IGNITE Northern and went on to win the TIANS Pitch Competition in Halifax. 

Renewly educates and empowers property owners to go solar by conducting energy assessments and making connections to local, trusted, and experienced solar energy installers. Having recently relocated from Ontario, they have built Renewly Initiatives to solve a problem they identified in Nova Scotia.

SNAP Innovations specializes in patented attachment devices for the Sports and Outdoor industry and the Marine Sector.  Their unique designs focus on one-handed operation and high strength for the biggest tasks in the outdoor and marine sectors.

2BK International focuses on improving our artistic quality of life through the best solutions to cross-border development of arts, culture, heritage through research, management and policy development in culture and creative industries.

London Calling British Boutique is a new business offering a range of imported products from the UK and Europe.  They will be opening a retail store and small tearoom in Yarmouth in spring 2021 and will be offering a unique experience for customers to shop British products, get groceries, take home baked goods, meats and cheeses.  We will also have a cozy seating area for customers to sample teas and other drinks,  British snacks, baked goods, and also the quintessential British experience – the cream tea. London Calling British Boutique is the winner of the Western Regional Enterprise Network contest WIN THIS SPACE.

Kylie Brownell, chef and owner at Wild Roots Catering is now an Ignite Labs Resident company. Kylie is the runner up from the Win This Space contest.

 “I have been passionate about food for as long as I can remember . After graduating culinary school and getting my Red Seal I worked in many amazing restaurants in Halifax, Dartmouth and Edmonton. I decided to move home and pursue my dream of being my own boss and having a restaurant of my own . I will be opening a full service restaurant in Tusket. I am very excited to work with local farmers to show off all that Yarmouth has to offer. I cannot wait to feed everyone!”