Countdown to Innovation Week 2017 Begins

Innovation Week is less than a month away from May 8-13 and we have a solid line-up of speakers and sessions to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit in Newfoundland and Labrador. The fourth annual Innovation Week will bring businesses, investors, researchers and youth together to share ideas on how to grow the province’s key sectors. Whether you’re looking to pitch your idea or discover new ways of doing old things, you can connect with like-minded people in a creative, entrepreneurial forum.

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We’ll kick things off with a news conference to announce the official event line-up on Monday, May 8 at Common Ground.  On Monday afternoon, NEIA is organizing the province’s first ever Clean Tech Innovation Connector to connect the clean technology research that’s happening in multiple sectors in the province, with market opportunities. The recent federal budget made clean tech a priority, backing it up with more than $2.2-billion in clean-tech spending. This is a sector to be in! The connector event is a great way to for businesses and researchers to meet and build new partnerships.

Start-up Canada will be back this year helping us continue to build our entrepreneurial ecosystem. YMCA Enterprise, Futurpreneur, Genesis Centre, Propel ICT, Common Ground and the Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship will all be involved in this event.

Ever wonder what goes on in some of the coolest, most innovative companies in St. John’s?! Now’s your opportunity to find out. On Tuesday, May 9, board the bus as the Research & Development Corporation (RDC) takes you on an exclusive “Innovation Tour” of the top innovators in St. John’s. Stay tuned for more details.

NATI has a full day of inspiration and innovation planned on Wednesday. It’s NATI’s Knowledge Summit where some of the key players and decision makers in the province’s technology community gather to learn from experts and share ideas. There’s a stellar line-up of speakers this year. Newfoundlander Catherine Courage, VP with Google; Ken Singer, Managing Director of the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of California; Duncan Stewart with Deloitte Canada; and digital marketing expert Lyle Wetsch from Memorial University are all on the speaker slate.

We want to give a shout-out to Grand Falls-Windsor and their event happening on Wednesday, May 10. Excite Corp. is hosting a session on one of the hottest sectors: healthcare technology.  Dr. Alice Landis-McGrath will be in town talking about how she is using cognitive technologies in cancer care in San Francisco.

Worms and lobsters. Yes, that’s right. On Thursday, May 11, John Risley of Clearwater Seafoods and Brendan Paddick, Chair of Nalcor, are teaming up for a fireside chat about how they got their start in business by selling worms and lobsters in Atlantic Canada. How did they go on to build a Caribbean telecommunications company that sold for an impressive $1.85 billion USD? Sounds intriguing!

On Friday, May 12, head down to Deloitte’s beautiful office on Springdale St. for the St. John’s Board of Trade event Ideas with Impact. Shelli Baltman is founder of The Idea Suite, a Toronto-based innovation agency. She will be hosting an interactive session on how to inject innovation into any company, regardless of size.

Feeling UN/SETTLED? Check out TEDxYouth@StJohns event on Saturday, May 13. Designed for youth aged 12-25, this year’s theme explores the constantly shifting and evolving world facing youth in the province. This event sold out last year, so get your tickets early.

May 13 is also National Girls Learning Code Day! What a great way to end Innovation Week.

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