Halifax launches Innovation Outpost
Facility becomes part of new Innovation District to support startups and scaleups
A new initiative aimed at promoting Halifax’s emerging startups and business ecosystem has officially opened here.
The Halifax Innovation Outpost was made possible via the partnership between Halifax Regional Municipality and the Halifax Partnership, with support from the Province of Nova Scotia. The operation is located at Volta, Canada’s east coast innovation hub.
The Outpost will provide a platform to address social and civic challenges, improve municipal data transparency, and enable startups and scaleups to beta test and evolve ideas and products with public, private, post-secondary and community partners. It is being led by Karl Allen-Muncey, former lead of the Digital Kitchener Innovation Lab for the City of Kitchener, and the Innovation Outpost for Postmedia, Canada’s largest news media company.
Important addition to the Halifax Innovation District
The Innovation Outpost is an important addition to the Halifax Innovation District – which was also launched at the same time. The Halifax Partnership is leading the advancement of the Halifax Innovation District with support from the Province of Nova Scotia. The aim is to increase access to innovation spaces and resources, address infrastructure and programming gaps, and create stronger ties and partnerships between academia, corporations, risk capital, government and entrepreneurs.
“The Government of Nova Scotia is pleased to support the Halifax Partnership as they continue to build an environment that gives our innovators and entrepreneurs access to the tools and resources they need to succeed. We know startups and scaleups need to be able to easily connect with their partners, and the innovation district provides that ability,” says Business Minister Geoff MacLellan, Province of Nova Scotia.
MacLellan says Halifax is becoming one of Canada’s most exciting technology and innovation hubs, with an Innovation District that has the potential to fuel significant growth of viable startups and scaleup companies. The District is a concentrated area in the centre of the Halifax region where entrepreneurs, firms and organizations are connecting and collaborating to generate and accelerate new ideas. It is home to five universities and colleges, multiple startup incubators and innovation labs, and over 2,000 companies including startups and scaleups in the IT, life sciences, CleanTech and OceanTech sectors.