The Bridge

The Bridge is the incubation space at the Emera ideaHUB which helps students, researchers and faculty start physical product-based companies and transition to the larger startup community and innovation ecosystem (e.g. Volta, Innovacorp, COVE, CDL-Atlantic).   Up to fifteen tough tech startups will have space at the Bridge.


Startups accepted to The Bridge will be eligible to gain access to:

  • Desk space.

  • Product workspace.

  • Access to the third-floor prototyping-labs.

  • Emera ideaHUB Technical Engineering Staff.

  • The Emera ideaHUB Manager, the Manager Safety & Operations, and the Academic Director.

  • Access to 3 hot-offices for private meetings & phone calls.

  • 3 boardrooms for investor or strategic stakeholder meetings and pitches.  



What The Bridge can do for you

Access to the Bridge will allow these ventures to sustain themselves for one or two years while they complete the steps necessary to "de-risk" their technology.  They will receive access to mentorship, expert advice and engineering as well as technical support so they can transform into a venture ready to work with incubators and accelerators in the larger startup ecosystem. Bridge companies are able to access work spaces, infrastructure, and expertise needed to develop and build products to get in the hands of their customers faster than ever before.


By co-locating space for startups, SMEs , and corporate innovation teams when excess capacity is available, the Emera ideaHUB will help drive business growth and create an environment in which ideas and talent developed in the university can find a way into the market. This is not only an economic opportunity for local businesses and entrepreneurs: it also a vital educational and career-building opportunity for Dalhousie's engineering students, who can gain vital experience and connections by applying their developing skills to "real world" projects.