Halifax launches innovation outpost to help startups scale

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The Halifax Partnership and the Halifax Regional Municipality have announced the opening of the Halifax Innovation Outpost, a new initiative aimed at promoting the city’s emerging startups and business ecosystem.

“The goal for the outpost is to help startups undertake R&D, commercialize ideas, and grow into successful companies.

The outpost will provide a platform to help startups and scaleups beta test and develop ideas and products alongside public, private, post-secondary, and community partners. The outpost also aims to address social and civic challenges and improve municipal data transparency. The initiative is being led by Karl Allen-Muncey, former lead of the Digital Kitchener Innovation Lab and the Innovation Outpost for Postmedia.

“Civic innovation is a necessity, not a luxury,” said Halifax Mayor Mike Savage. “This lab is an opportunity to find answers to longstanding challenges, to deploy agile thinking and new technologies in pursuit of a more livable city, and to make a statement that historic Halifax is stepping decisively into the future.”

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