March 14, 2016 4:05 pm
Updated: March 14, 2016 4:43 pm

East Coast Startup Week encouraging, strengthening local entrepreneurs

WATCH ABOVE: The third annual East Coast Startup Week is underway. The event brings together entrepreneurs who are new to business and those that’ve seen success. Global’s Jeremy Keefe reports.

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New Brunswick business people are about to get a lesson in Entrepreneurship 101.

The third annual East Coast Startup Week kicked off today bringing all kinds of events to the province with the goal of supporting businesses that are just getting off the ground.

“East Coast Startup Week has come together with nineteen organizations around the province who are putting on 34 events in all of the major cities this week,” Heather Boyd-Kinnie of the Pond-Deshpande Centre says.

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“A lot of them are wondering what the next steps are in terms of forming a business and so this really gives everybody an overview.”

A workshop took place on Monday at Planet Hatch with various expert speakers presenting.

Boyd-Kinnie says events just like this help new ideas and companies come to life.

“It’s a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to get together and learn and to meet mentors and investors,” she says. “And to talk with each other about some of the challenges they’re experiencing and learn a great deal from all of the great entrepreneurs and members of the startup community.”

With a struggling economy in New Brunswick, many at the event believe now more than ever is the right time to fuel the fire of our young entrepreneurs.

“Entrepreneurs have always been the backbone of the New Brunswick economy and they’re very important in helping grow opportunity in the province,” says Boyd-Kinnie.

“All of us who are working in the startup community have an opportunity every day to see the great ideas and great companies that are starting to be formed here in New Brunswick that are bringing millions of dollars of revenue into the economy everyday and are employing high tech jobs.”

Events run all week long in Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John. For more information, vist eastcoaststartupweek.ca.

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