#StartupCapeBreton Unites Business, Technology and Education Leaders

Cape Breton University is booting up to host #StartupCapeBreton, an event for innovative individuals with an interest in technology, business and education. It will take place Monday, July 14, 2014 from 4-6 p.m. at CBU’s Verschuren Centre.

Ryerson University President Sheldon Levy and Digital Media Zone (DMZ) CEO Valerie Fox will be visiting from Ryerson to explore options for collaboration in Cape Breton.

“CBU is delighted to be hosting this event where we may share in the learning of Canada’s #1 university based incubator, DMZ/Ryerson,” says CBU President Dr. David Wheeler. “We are committed to travelling the same path as Ryerson as part of our contribution to the renaissance of the Cape Breton Island economy and to the creation of diverse entrepreneurial opportunities for our students and graduates.”

“We look forward to sharing our experience in forging connections between entrepreneurs, industry, educators, mentors and advisors to create new opportunities for young people," adds President Levy. “I am very pleased to be in Nova Scotia to meet with David Wheeler, the President of CBU, to explore how we can work together on what Ryerson does well – supporting young entrepreneurs to become successful entrepreneurs. There are exciting developments in Cape Breton and Ryerson will be looking closely at opportunities to partner in academic programs and particularly through our Digital Media Zone, which was recently named the #1 university incubator in Canada and #5 in the world.”

#StartupCapeBreton will also feature an array of panelists including: Darren Gallop, CEO, Marcato Solutions; Wes Gould, COO, REDspace; Dale Keefe, Vice President Academic and Research, CBU; Rachael MacKeigan, Coordinator, Community Access Program; David Rae, Dean, Shannon School of Business; Andrew Swanson, CEO, Verschuren Centre, CBU; and Gavin Uhma, CTO, GoInstant/Salesforce.

#StartupCapeBreton attendees will discuss plans for a future where many more companies start and grow on Cape Breton Island. #StartupCapeBreton will also unite key players who together can build an ecosystem to support local entrepreneurship.

“Entrepreneurship is a way of thinking,” says Fox. “It is working thoughtfully, deliberatively and collaboratively to help meet the challenges that come our way, head on, with solutions that can impact the world both economically and socially.”

Gavin Uhma will be on hand to provide information about a new training and mentorship program where students will learn everything they need to know to join a technology company or to start their own. This innovative program will be delivered via an open online curriculum developed and curated by experts in innovation and business and provide auniversity level information technology program primed to be one of the best programs anywhere.

"Startups have this amazing ability to create value out of thin air. With a little inspiration and a lot of perspiration, not only can you create a job for yourself, you can become a major employer for your community. Thinking bigger than that, your ideas can change the world,” says Uhma.

For more information visit http://www.cbu.ca/startupcapebreton.