Though most early-stage tech companies are obsessed with landing equity investment, Christopher Friesen and Tony Ingram have just had the type of week that lessens the pressure to raise capital. On Saturday, the co-founders of Halifax-based startup Axem, which is developing a wearable product that allows athletes to monitor their mental activity, won the $15,000 second prize… Read More


On March 10th and 11th Dalhousie University will be hosting the fifth edition of Canada’s Business Model Competition®. Student entrepreneurs from across Canada will be travelling to Halifax for a chance to win their share of the $50,000 prize pool provided by Deloitte and the opportunity to showcase their start-up. Canada’s Business Model Competition® is… Read More


More than 80 teams from 20 universities across Canada have applied to compete in Canada’s Business Model Competition 2017, to be held next month in Halifax. The contest was launched by Dalhousie University’s Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship in 2013. It allows finalists to compete for part of a total prize package of $50,000 and in-kind prizes. A pool… Read More


Launch Dal, the entrepreneurship program at Dalhousie University, will kick off its winter program with fireside chat with Analyze Re on Jan. 31 at 6:30 pm. Analyze Re is a Halifax company whose software-as-a-service product helps reinsurers assess risk. It exited in October by selling out to Jersey City, N.J.-based data analytics company Verisk Analytics, Inc. for an undisclosed price.… Read More


The VentureWell List: 2016

2016 was a banner year at VentureWell, and 2017 is shaping up to be even more exciting. In 2016 we continued to grow by leaps and bounds and expanded into entirely new areas of work, especially internationally. We’re proud to have played a role in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the world and look forward… Read More


This week we continue our series highlighting educators within the VentureWell network that are doing good work—faculty members that are challenging norms in higher education and inspiring students to impact the world through invention. This month’s faculty spotlight is Ruth Ochia, Associate Professor of Instruction in Bioengineering at Temple University. Ruth is a charter member of… Read More


Dalhousie University is not renewing the contract of Ed Leach, the director of the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship and one of the architects of the Launch Dal initiative. Sylvain Charlebois, the Dean of the Faculty of Management, sent an email to faculty last week saying Leach would end his tenure on June 30, 2017,… Read More


Axem, a wearable technology that allows athletes to track their brain activity to enhance performance, has captured the $3,000 first prize at the latest Demo Day of the Collide Program at Dalhousie University. Founded by Tony Ingram and Chris Friesen, Axem has already received initial commitments for tests from professional and elite sports teams, including… Read More


Launch Dal concludes Fall 2016 Collide Program

Starting on September 20th, Launch Dal initiated the Collide program – a series of entrepreneurial workshops, pitching and networking events to help individuals launch their ventures. So began a program with the goal to inspire entrepreneurship and connect mentors with new students in hopes of “paying it forward”.   Collide kicked off when Cam McDonald… Read More


Launch Dal will hold the final pitch competition for the 12 teams in its Starting Lean program Thursday starting at 4:30 pm. After more than two months of workshops, coaching and networking events, the participants will present their final pitches for the chance to win development money for their ventures. The winners will receive $3,000,… Read More