A hitchhiker’s guide
to the Halifax Startup
Milan Vrekic, Zora.io
Last update: 4th of Dec. 2014
• Let the Entrepreneurs lead.
• Give before you get.
• Promote Halifax as awesome.
• Contribute something. Anything.
• Give back to the community once you make it big.
• Take random meetings (Open door policy).
• Be inclusive (introduce newcomers to people).
• Don’t complain. Act.
Some (not all) notable startups
Alpha Dog Games
Blue Light Analytics
More on the Ecosystem
• Angelist - Halifax:
• Entrevestor Infographic:
Local Startup Bloggers
• Ben Yoskovitz (Ben moved to Toronto, but you should still follow his blog)
• Jevon Macdonald
WE REALLY NEED MORE TECH BLOGGERS!
Startup Friendly Service Providers
http://www.coxandpalmerlaw.com - Richard Norman
http://www.mcinnescooper.com - Rob Cowan
www.bdo.ca - Dan Jennings
www.deloitte.ca - Steve Carr
www.rbc.ca - Alex MacKenzie
• Bell Aliant
Startup Friendly Hangouts
• Tom’s Little Havana (Local’s secret spot)
• Mid-Point (for a coffee meeting)
• Fireside (team lunch)
• MODA (for a more formal setting)
• Email is the best way to start a relationship.
• Keep it short
• Have a clear ask
• Make it easy to say yes
• Do your research, make it relevant
• Take initiative, suggest times and places that work.
• Don’t ask busy people to meet you for coffee. Offer to
go to their office for 15 minutes after a few emails are
That is it!
• Email me with stuff I missed at:
and follow me at @trujebus
• And if you are new to Halifax, find me at Volta (5415 Spring
Garden Road) and I will introduce you to a few people :)