Dig­i­tal Nova Sco­tia and Ig­nite Labs an­nounce new part­ner­ship agree­ment

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Dig­i­tal Nova Sco­tia (DNS) and Ig­nite Labs have an­nounced a part­ner­ship agree­ment, which will see the two non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions col­lab­o­rate to iden­tity, cre­ate and de­liver more op­por­tu­ni­ties for en­trepreneur­s, small busi­nesses and grow­ing busi­nesses in Nova Sco­tia’s tech sec­tor.

”As Ig­nite Labs grows and en­gages with en­trepreneur­s and the com­mu­nity, it is im­por­tant to have great re­la­tion­ships with or­ga­ni­za­tions like Dig­i­tal Nova Sco­tia,” said Doug Jones, founder and ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Ig­nite Labs, lo­cated at the NSCC Bur­ridge Cam­pus in Yar­mouth. “Col­lab­o­rat­ing with Dig­i­tal Nova Sco­tia and their team al­lows Ig­nite to bring valu­able pro­gram­ming and speak­ers to this re­gion of Nova Sco­tia and re­ally con­nect with en­trepreneur­s from around the prov­ince. We are very ex­cited to work with this out­stand­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

With a goal to de­velop ca­pac­ity and in­crease dig­i­tal skills within the south­west­ern re­gion of Nova Sco­tia, the two or­ga­ni­za­tions will work to­gether to cre­ate rel­e­vant and timely op­por­tu­ni­ties to ad­vance the prov­ince’s dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies sec­tor.

“Over the last few years DNS has ex­pe­ri­enced un­prece­dented growth as an or­ga­ni­za­tion and with re­gard to its mem­ber­ship, re­sult­ing in an in­creased de­mand of di­verse ser­vice of­fer­ings and greater phys­i­cal pres­ence. We are ex­tremely pleased to an­nounce our new part­ner­ship with Ig­nite Labs, jointly ex­pand­ing our reach, im­pact and in­flu­ence across the prov­ince,” said Ul­rike Bahr-Gedalia, pres­i­dent and CEO, DNS. “The newly launched Ig­nite Labs have a deep con­nec­tion in their com­mu­nity and tremen­dous en­thu­si­asm be­hind them, and to­gether we will en­hance sup­port pro­vided to com­pa­nies in the area. A col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach to sup­port­ing our sec­tor is es­sen­tial to con­tin­ued growth, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and pros­per­ity for all.”

MASHUP WEEK­END

Ig­nite Labs is host­ing a Mashup Week­end in Yar­mouth on Oct. 19 and 20, de­scribed as a “hands-on, roll up our sleeves and get ‘er done” ex­pe­ri­ence in what it takes to bring an idea for a new busi­ness to life.

The premise, as out­lined on the Ig­nite Labs Face­book page, is sim­ple: peo­ple share ideas, build small teams, and then take ac­tion over the course of the week­end to bring an idea to life. Teams will also have ac­cess to sev­eral ex­pe­ri­enced en­trepreneur­s that will pro­vide men­tor­ship and guid­ance to them as they re­fine and de­velop their busi­ness ideas.

Those who don’t have an idea of their own can still be part of a team.

“If you love the idea of get­ting con­nected with other ta­lented and in­no­va­tive peo­ple in the area to share ideas, solve prob­lems, and then take ac­tion to build some­thing awe­some to­gether then you should check it out,” reads to Face­book post, which also in­cludes in­for­ma­tion about tick­ets, times and how to take part.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Doug Jones of Ig­nite Labs and Ul­rike Bahr-Gedalia of Dig­i­tal Nova Sco­tia are happy to an­nounce a new part­ner­ship agree­ment.

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