What is the Emera ideaHUB?
The Emera ideaHUB (EIH) at Dalhousie University is an advanced business incubator that empowers startups and ventures led by students, faculty and alumni to create and build the next generation of world-class technology companies making physical products in areas such as ocean tech, clean energy, food science and more. The hub strengthens Atlantic Canada’s innovation culture, building networks between universities, companies, governments, entrepreneurs and investors.
Why is the EIH important?
The Emera ideaHUB provides expert programming and guidance, top-of-the-line gear, industry engagement, and modern work spaces to startups and companies that might otherwise struggle to access such supports on their own.
How many resident companies are there?
The Emera ideaHUB has capacity to provide workspace for up to 12 startups at a time for a period of one to two years, ensuring they are close to the advanced prototyping facilities they need to design and build breakthrough physical products as well as the programming they need for business development.
What should resident companies expect?
Startups accepted into the Emera ideaHUB gain access to expert advice and mentorship that enables them to build innovative products the market wants. Cutting-edge programming exposes companies to the methodologies and tools for developing and manufacturing new products, as well as commercialization strategies and other important aspects of growing a company.
How was it funded?
The Emera ideaHUB was made possible with the generous support of $10-million from Emera.
Micco Companies and Clearwater have provided an additional $2.5-million contribution.