What to expect when you’re launching a startup in the Maritimes

According to Jevon MacDonald, launching a startup in Atlantic Canada is a little different.

According to the co-founder of Startupnorth.ca, building a startup in Atlantic Canada is definitely different than in more traditional startup meccas such as San Francisco or Austin, or even in Toronto.

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Luckily though, MacDonald has compiled a list of five key things you need to know if you’re going to make your East Coast startup a success:

  • Get your butt on a plane
  • Government support doesn’t matter to the customer or your competitors
  • You don’t need to compromise
  •  The talent pool is world class so you should hire first class
  • You are expected to take on the world

For more from MacDonald on each point, click the link below.

And while we may think of Toronto, Waterloo, Vancouver and Montreal when it comes to Canadian startups, Atlantic Canada has had a healthy share of startup success. For example, Halifax-based TitanFile won 1.1 million in seed financing last year for its secure document collaboration Web service, and serial Maritime entrepreneur Gerry Pond is giving back to the region by chairing MentorCamp, a series of events designed to help startup companies held in Atlantic Canada.

Source: What you need to know about starting a startup in Atlantic Canada

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Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras is a technology journalist with IT World Canada and a member of the IT Business team. He began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada and the channel for Computer Dealer News. His writing has also appeared in the Vancouver Sun & the Ottawa Citizen.

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