Join us for the re-launch of Startup Grind Halifax!
We will be hosting a pitch event for startup founders, followed by a Fireside Chat with our esteemed guest, Katelyn Bourgoin - Serial Entrepreneur and Startup Strategist.
The purpose of our events is to introduce you to local Nova Scotian and East Coast talent within the Startup and Tech Community, as well as give you valuable information, resources and insights that can help you start, grow or accelerate your own business, or career within the tech and startup world.
Please join us in showcasing the greatness that Atlantic Founders are bringing to the global Startup Community!
Katelyn Bourgoin is a 3X founder turned growth strategist. Named as an influencer by Forbes, Katelyn's past clients include tech startups, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies like Target and Holiday Inn.
Today Katelyn helps frustrated product teams figure out who their best customers are and what triggers them to buy (or stop buying). When companies know who their best customers are and what those customers *really* want, it becomes much easier to create awesome products and sell more of them. The result? More happy customers and more money in the bank.
Katelyn has a healthy obsession with customer-driven growth (and an unhealthy obsession with cheese).
Since joining Innovacorp in 2014, Ben has vetted and coached hundreds of Nova Scotia technology start-ups and contributed to over 40 investments. His primary focus is to identify, invest in, and support pre-seed and seed-stage ICT companies with transformative potential.
Lindell Smith is a lifelong resident of North End Halifax, and a proud father of a beautiful daughter. He has a proven commitment to working within his community and has dedicated himself to serving it.
He is a co-founder of Center Line Studio, a non-profit recording studio for youth who want to express themselves through art and music. In keeping with his concern for the whole community and its diverse needs, and in response to the rapid growth and changes within his neighbourhood, Lindell, along with other community leaders, started “The One North End Project”. This group of community leaders from around HRM aims to ensure that all residents benefit from this rapid growth together by encouraging new hiring practices for local businesses and holding community engagement sessions.
Lindell was the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Education and Community Service, he was chosen as one of five Youth Rising Stars for Nova Scotia. He was the first recipient of the Abby Bryant (humanitarian) Award of Excellence, given to a young person who is recognized for outstanding community service, and is a recipient of The Black Business Initiative’s Industry Development Award awarded by the African-Nova Scotian Music Association.
In November 2016, Lindell was elected as City Councillor for District 8 Halifax Peninsula North.
Angela Franklin has been consulting with business owners for over 25 years. With experience in operations, sales, marketing, business development, and finance. She guides companies through strategies for finance, sales, marketing, human resources or operations. Angela works with the entrepreneur to look at a company in a holistic way; seeing how all the individual parts come together to make a successful business. Angela is open, friendly and easy to talk with, putting entrepreneurs at ease; helping them handle stress related to starting and running a business.
Angela currently sits on the Board of the iNova Credit Union and the Centennial Pool Association and is a former Director and Board Member of the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada.
Margaret Palmeter is a dynamic leader with a diverse background. Her experience ranges from
consulting with Atlantic Canadian startups, international SMEs, and large multinationals. She is currently
the founding Manager of the Emera ideaHUB at Dalhousie University. The ideaHUB is a new pre-
incubation facility focused on massively scaling the growth of physical product startups. Margaret comes
to this role from Dalhousie Industry Liaison where she remains co-appointed. Her role includes a
mandate for supporting the economic development of Atlantic Canada through the commercialization
of research, and collaboration between academia and the private sector.