Nova Scotia has been a transformative sight for clean growth, innovation and infrastructure. Developing plans to support inclusive economic growth by reducing barriers for entrepreneurs starting new businesses, cutting inter-provincial trade barriers and formalizing Develop Nova Scotia’s role.
Mashup Labs has been recognized in the Speech from the Throne delivered by the Honourable Lieutenant Governor of NS Arthur J. LeBlanc for the growth of its Dream Business program to be delivered province-wide. Also, as a significant incubation contributor to the overall growth in all areas of the province:
“Our startup community is thriving. There are nearly 500 startups and high-growth companies in the Atlantic provinces, most of which are based in Nova Scotia. The tech sector has become a significant employer in our region, with about 6,400 people working in this area and employment growing at an estimated seven per cent per year.
Starting this fall, Mashup Lab’s “Dream” program for budding entrepreneurs will be available across Cape Breton as well as mainland Nova Scotia, in cooperation with Nova Scotia Community College and the Cape Breton Partnership. It’s a six-week program supporting rural entrepreneurs working at the idea stage.
Incubators are driving growth across all regions of this province. COVE, the Centre for Oceans Ventures and Entrepreneurship, on the Dartmouth waterfront, will soon be home to 40 ocean technology companies.”
As the Dream Business Program empowers those who are entrepreneurially & creatively spirited, it enables new industries and businesses to start their roots from any area in the province. From this, we hope that it’ll only keep growing with the new businesses and ideas that are being shared from people all across our beautiful province.
With this in mind, Mashup Labs was created as a chance to catalyze the growth that happens when those entrepreneurially minded are rurally based. The idea is: in rural Nova Scotia, any sort of new business or venture, is a positive business or venture for the rural community.
Which, is why the business is structured to incubate entrepreneurs who have ideas to take a hobby or a craft and turn it into a viable business. Mashup Labs takes those who may not have revenue yet, may not have any sort of a business plan or even any sort of scope of what the business would look like. Mashup Lab’s Dream Business Program takes ten people and their new business ideas through all the stages of turning their business dreams into a reality. What’s most important is: that they have an idea or a goal, and they want to work to achieve it.
As more and more people get excited about the entrepreneurial buzz in Nova Scotia we hope that they see the value that Mashup Labs provides as a supportive platform to allow those early entrepreneurs to share their idea and take the plunge to start something on their own.
It can easily be recognized that rural communities are the ones who can benefit from any sort of entrepreneurialism most. Traditionally, these are communities that typically comprise of fisheries and tourism based economies. With the rise of the movement to buy and support local, it has introduced a wealth of new entrepreneurs to Nova Scotia. Ultimately, providing an entrepreneurial buzz in rural Nova Scotia that was seldom felt before.
With these formative years that Nova Scotia is facing, it is great to see a positive entrepreneurial spirit happening in rural Nova Scotia. It’s exciting to not only seeing the changes that happen in urban centres in Nova Scotia but to see the impact that the entrepreneurialism spirit will have in all regions of the province.
We hope to see the impact you could have on our beautiful province if you are interested in taking the Dream Business program and contributing to the budding entrepreneurialism that is taking our beautiful province by storm. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like anymore information on what Mashup Lab can do to help you take your business from the idea that you have, to the impact that could come of it.
If you would like to read the Speech from the Throne delivered by the Honourable Lieutenant General Arthur J. LeBlanc in its entirety click this link:
Working with over 1,000 Entrepreneurs starting and growing businesses from rural communities gives you perspective. Here is where I share the things I'm learning through my work with Mashup Lab. This is my Rural Perspective; I'd love to hear yours.