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Start Me Up

ABOUT THIS SERIES OF STORIES

“Start Me Up” is series of stories produced by the Senior Seminar in Journalism at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The series is about works in progress with many moving parts, a provincial economy in transition, and the emergence of new entrepreneurs and startups that are choosing to make their own careers. New… … Keep Reading

THE ACCIDENTAL ENTREPRENEUR

BY JESSICA CHRISTMAS Felicia Mitchell was on her way home and had a vision. Mitchell is from Listuguj First Nation, which is located in Quebec, on the opposite side of the Restigouche River from Campbellton, New Brunswick. She was driving and the brightness of the sun got in her eyes, but she was able to see beyond… … Keep Reading

THE MAKING OF A BRAND

BY BEN CROUSE When Kayley Reed agreed to an interview with Buzzfeed about her small Fredericton clothing business, she had no idea that it would shut the store down for a month. The Fredericton-born company designs clothing and jewelry that encourage positive conversations about mental health. The company donates a portion of its sales to… … Keep Reading

INSIDE THE IDEA FACTORY

BY CODY PETERS When you enter Planet Hatch you’re welcomed by an open door, bright polka dot carpets on the floor, light pouring through windows on every wall, and the strong aroma of fresh brewed coffee. There aren’t any traditional cloth-covered cubicles, instead offices with glass walls give the building an airy feel. In one… … Keep Reading

A STARTUP SURVIVAL GUIDE

BY NATHAN DeLONG Business insiders like to talk about startup ecosystems. These are high-risk places to hang out. You can set up shop, then run out of cash, lose contact with customers, lack unique ideas or a viable business model or effective leadership. Depending on who’s counting, eight of 10 startups fail within a year,… … Keep Reading

SPILLING THE BEANS: WHY STARTUPS NEED NETWORKS

BY SHAWN GOFF Ron Whitney works 48 hours a week, roasting coffee beans in his enormous silver roaster, packing each bag and taking them to the Boyce Farmers Market every Saturday. His brother started Whitney Coffee in 1992, selling coffee by the cup. Ron Whitney took over in 2009, and while he said he isn’t… … Keep Reading

ENERGY WITH A GREEN TWIST

BY NATHALIE STURGEON It was late afternoon on the Friday before the Labour Day weekend and Amit Virmani was finally able to speak. A group of New Brunswick MLAs pored over presentations on climate change. The room which was only meant to hold 30 people, was over capacity at nearly 50. Finally, after a long… … Keep Reading

GRADUATING WITH A DEGREE, AND A BUSINESS

BY SHERRY HAN When the weather turns into minus-twenty-something days, and the kinds of mornings when you open the door and a snow drift falls in, and you’re a user of public transit, it would be nice to know where your bus is before you get to the stop. University of New Brunswick graduate Alex… … Keep Reading

NEWCOMERS ENCOUNTER BARRIERS

BY MARIA JOSE BURGOS Acilia Brizzio wakes up for her first job at 9 a.m. and finishes her second job at 1 a.m. She then drives home and crawls into bed and dreams of starting her own business. Since she moved to Canada from Honduras in 2013, she’s wanted to leave it all and open… … Keep Reading

TESTING THE START-UP ‘ECOSYSTEM’

BY HADEEL IBRAHIM Ross Finlay is co-founder of First Angel Network of Atlantic Canada, an arm’s-length investment firm with a particular interest in startups. “Arm’s length” means the investors do not get involved in the operation of companies, but benefit from their success. Finlay says when he looks at a company as an investor, he’s… … Keep Reading

KNITTING A NEW E-BRAND

By MAGGIE McLEAN There aren’t many places where Melissa McMichael hasn’t knitted. She knits in coffee shops and libraries. She knits during lectures. She mastered the art of knitting without looking during a dark, midnight bus ride from Halifax. However, her special knitting space is in the University of New Brunswick greenhouse, where she’s spent… … Keep Reading

RISKS, STRESS, AND REWARD

BY FERNANDA DAMIANI Three years ago, Phillip Curley was looking for a problem to fix, and when he found one he created a business to solve it. The search for a problem was an assignment in an event called Startup Weekend, which people learn how to create a real company by meeting with investors, cofounders… … Keep Reading

STARTUPS EMERGE FROM ENERGY SECTOR

BY DAVID BARDWELL December 3, 2015: NB Power trucks are working full tilt to try and restore power to over 25,000 customers who lost connectivity as result of a damp snowstorm. NB Power officially called the mass outage a result of the wet snow accumulating on tree branches which would then break and down transmission… … Keep Reading

THE BIG STEP: I QUIT MY JOB

BY KATHERINE MOREHOUSE Mark Betts sat at his computer at home, his hands poised over the keyboard. He and his family had been stressing over the decision for months, and Betts had finally decided he was ready to quit his government job and work full-time on his food stand. He hit send, and it was… … Keep Reading

‘AN ENVIRONMENT OF INNOVATION’

BY BOOK SADPRASID Kolton Gagnon was on a break between classes when his brother, Keelen, called to ask if he would be interested in helping out with a class project for the Technology Management and Entrepreneurship Program at the University of New Brunswick. That class project later became a startup company, called SimpTek Technologies, that… … Keep Reading

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