A hitchhiker’s guide 
to the Halifax Startup 
Community 
Milan Vrekic, Zora.io 
@truejebus 
milan@voltaeffect.com 
Last up...
House Rules 
• Let the Entrepreneurs lead. 
• Give before you get. 
• Promote Halifax as awesome. 
• Contribute something....
Some (not all) notable startups 
AnalyzeRe 
TopLog 
GetGifted 
FundMetric 
GoInstant 
Compilr 
DashHudson 
Introhive 
Affi...
More on the Ecosystem 
• Angelist - Halifax: 
https://angel.co/companies?locations[]=Halifax 
• Entrevestor Infographic: 
...
Local Startup Bloggers 
• Ben Yoskovitz (Ben moved to Toronto, but you should still follow his blog) 
www.instigatorblog.c...
Movements 
• Ladies Learning Code 
http://ladieslearningcode.com 
• BrilliantLabs 
http://www.brilliantlabs.ca 
• CodeCamp...
Coworking/Office Space 
• Volta 
www.voltaeffect.com 
• The HUB (the Hub closed it’s doors unfortunately) 
http://thehubha...
Conferences (in no particular order) 
• StartupEmpire 
www.startupempireconf.com 
• MentorCamp 
www.mentorcamp.ca 
• Atlan...
Finding Talent 
• 3rd Wednesdays 
http://www.3whfx.com 
• HaliHax 
www.halihax.com 
• Volta Labs Events 
www.voltaeffect.c...
Finding a job with a Startup 
• Tech Jobs Halifax 
http://www.techjobshalifax.com 
• Startup Careers Halifax 
www.startupc...
Funding Sources 
• BUILD Ventures 
http://www.buildventures.ca 
• Innovacorp 
www.innovacorp.ca 
• Atlantic Angels 
www.at...
Startup Friendly Service Providers 
• Legal 
http://www.coxandpalmerlaw.com - Richard Norman 
http://www.mcinnescooper.com...
Startup Friendly Hangouts 
• Tom’s Little Havana (Local’s secret spot) 
http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/235/1432676/restaurant...
Engage 
• Email is the best way to start a relationship. 
• Keep it short 
• Have a clear ask 
• Make it easy to say yes 
...
That is it! 
• Email me with stuff I missed at: 
milan@milanvrekic.com 
and follow me at @trujebus 
• And if you are new t...
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Quick guide to the Halifax Startup Ecosystem

  1. 1. A hitchhiker’s guide to the Halifax Startup Community Milan Vrekic, Zora.io @truejebus milan@voltaeffect.com Last update: 4th of Dec. 2014
  2. 2. House Rules • 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.
  3. 3. Some (not all) notable startups AnalyzeRe TopLog GetGifted FundMetric GoInstant Compilr DashHudson Introhive Affin.io ModestTree TitanFile OHS Data Leadsift Karma Gaming TheRounds InNetwork UpMyGame Equals6 SimplyCast TruLeaf Kinduct Aio.TV SeaForth Energy Spring Loaded Swapskis Athletigen EmailOpened pursue.it Alpha Dog Games Blue Light Analytics Databoliks Geode Technology Kinduct Tech Interview Rocket Oris4 SageCrowd WeUsThem VidSnippets GoFullSteam Zora Salubrian Health Proposify.biz Mambo …
  4. 4. More on the Ecosystem • Angelist - Halifax: https://angel.co/companies?locations[]=Halifax • Entrevestor Infographic: http://entrevestor.com/images/uploads/ Entrevestor_Infographic_WEB.jpg
  5. 5. Local Startup Bloggers • Ben Yoskovitz (Ben moved to Toronto, but you should still follow his blog) www.instigatorblog.com Thomas Rankin: http://impossibleconfidence.com • Jevon Macdonald http://www.enterpriseirregulars.com/author/jevon/ Peter Moreira http://entrevestor.com/blog/ WE REALLY NEED MORE TECH BLOGGERS!
  6. 6. Movements • Ladies Learning Code http://ladieslearningcode.com • BrilliantLabs http://www.brilliantlabs.ca • CodeCamp http://www.artechcamps.com/camps/summer-camps/ • HaliHax www.halihax.com • CodeKids http://www.codekids.ca • MakerSpace http://halifaxmakerspace.org
  7. 7. Coworking/Office Space • Volta www.voltaeffect.com • The HUB (the Hub closed it’s doors unfortunately) http://thehubhalifax.ca • ICT Sandbox @Dal http://ictsandbox.ca
  8. 8. Conferences (in no particular order) • StartupEmpire www.startupempireconf.com • MentorCamp www.mentorcamp.ca • Atlantic Venture Forum http://www.atlanticventureforum.ca • Big Data Congress http://bigdatacongress.t4g.com • DemoCamp Halifax www.democamphalifax.com • Invest Atlantic www.investatlantic.ca • PodCamp Halifax http://podcamphalifax.ca • HPX Digital halifaxpopexplosion.com • Collide Conference collidehalifax.com
  9. 9. Finding Talent • 3rd Wednesdays http://www.3whfx.com • HaliHax www.halihax.com • Volta Labs Events www.voltaeffect.com/calendar/
  10. 10. Finding a job with a Startup • Tech Jobs Halifax http://www.techjobshalifax.com • Startup Careers Halifax www.startupcareers.ca
  11. 11. Funding Sources • BUILD Ventures http://www.buildventures.ca • Innovacorp www.innovacorp.ca • Atlantic Angels www.atlanticangels.ca • ACOA http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/ • IRAP http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/irap/index.html • First Angel Network http://www.firstangelnetwork.ca
  12. 12. Startup Friendly Service Providers • Legal http://www.coxandpalmerlaw.com - Richard Norman http://www.mcinnescooper.com - Rob Cowan • Accounting www.bdo.ca - Dan Jennings www.deloitte.ca - Steve Carr • Banking www.rbc.ca - Alex MacKenzie • Bell Aliant http://www.bellaliant.net
  13. 13. Startup Friendly Hangouts • Tom’s Little Havana (Local’s secret spot) http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/235/1432676/restaurant/Atlantic- Provinces/Toms-Little-Havana-Cafe-Halifax • Mid-Point (for a coffee meeting) http://www.midpointcoffee.ca • Fireside (team lunch) http://thefireside.ca • MODA (for a more formal setting) http://www.modaurbandining.com
  14. 14. Engage • 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 exchanged.
  15. 15. That is it! • Email me with stuff I missed at: milan@milanvrekic.com 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 :)

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