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DECEMBER 2015

As we look back on 2015, it has been a busy year for our organization comprising: Planet Hatch, Knowledge Park and Ignite Fredericton. We’ve helped create 33 new startups and attracted two new companies to the Fredericton Region, translating to 127 new jobs in our community!

These jobs have a tremendous economic impact - generating $5.7 M in GDP and spin-offs like $127,000 in restaurant spending and $255,000 for recreation/entertainment.  As these jobs stay in our community and continue to grow, we will see additional spin-offs, like 118 newly constructed houses by 2017.  

 

Building upon our acceleration of high-growth start-ups through programs such as Launch and Build with PropelICT, we have made additional enhancements to Planet Hatch which further strengthen our approach to help startups.  We have located all of our startup services to Planet Hatch with a dedicated focus as shown below.


We’re ramping up for a busy 2016 with an expanded suite of programming, now including the Startup Visa.  Watch for the Planet Hatch newsletter in 2016 to stay up-to-date on exciting startup related events and initiatives - like the new ‘Startup Socials’ being led by Startup Task Force and our Christmas Social.  


We will also continue with Ignite Fredericton’s newsletter bringing you important information about local business and population growth initiatives.

Happy Holidays, and wishing you all the best for 2016. Mark your calendars for our 2015 Christmas Social - RSVP below!

Meet the Staff at Planet Hatch
Natasha Dhayagude
Entrepreneurial Services Coordinator

Natasha is the glue that binds in Planet Hatch. Natasha takes care of everything from managing facility operations and events, to taking care of cohort and customer needs, and providing support to our startup team. 
Mike Mazerolle
Business Start-up Specialist

Mike provides business counselling and funding program support like the SEED program. Mike also offers a FREE Business Basics info session to teach entrepreneurs how to start their own business.
 
Julia Ramirez
Population Growth Specialist

In addition to her duties as immigration coordinator, we have expanded Julia’s role to focus on student retention and repatriation too.  Essentially, anything to do with attracting and retaining people. Julia also runs our new Startup Visa program, which you will be hearing more about in the new year. 
Janet Moser
Director of HIVE/BIMP
Planet Hatch has also welcomed Janet Moser, Director of the Fredericton Intercultural Biz Services Center: 
BIMP (Business Immigrant Membership Program) and The HIVE/La Ruche, which is a business incubator for newcomers, into the family, having recently co-located in the center. 
Rivers Corbett
Startup Task Force Chair
Rivers Corbett of Startup Fredericton has combined forces with the Startup Task Force comprising all of the entrepreneurial service organizations. We now have a coordinated approach among the startup ecosystem, or the ‘subway’ as we call it. 

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WHY CHOOSE FREDERICTON? PT. 2

Hear Insights from Serial Entrepreneur
Insights from Serial Entrepreneurs: Why Choose Fredericton? - Culture & Lifestyle Advantage
Culture & Lifestyle Advantage
Last November, Ignite coordinated a familiarization tour for Progress Magazine.
As part of this, Ignite Fredericton invited some of Fredericton's top entrepreneurs to share why they choose fredericton for their global businesses.
 
Part 2/3 series moderated by community leader Susan Holt, peak inside the entrepreneurial minds of Norm Couturier, Chief Product Strategist & co-founder of iTacit, Mike LeBlanc, CEO of Blue Spurs, and David Alston, CIO of Introhive, as they explain to Progress Media why they continue to launch venture after venture in New Brunswick's capital city, from the supportive ecosystem to that special spark. 
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Business Retention & Expansion Survey RFP
As the community's economic development organization, Ignite Fredericton is undertaking a Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) survey project to identify and analyze issues and challenges related to business growth and expansion in the Fredericton Region. 

Interested parties must submit their proposal by:
Thursday, December 10th, 4:00p.m.

 
Global Export Forecast 2016
2016 promises to be an exciting year for Canadian exporters according to EDC's Chief Economist. This infographic provides a snapshot of how U.S. growth, a low Canadian dollar, and the Chinese market will contribute to a 7% rise in Canadian exports. Read the Global Export Forecast for insights and information about business opportunities in the U.S and internationally.
The Canadian Entrepreneur
In celebration of Small Business Month, Staples Canada partnered with Startup Canada, the rallying brand and thought leader coalescing the voice of Canadian entrepreneurs, to undertake a study on the sentiments and experiences of Canadian entrepreneurs. This will empower Staples with insights to better understand and support their entrepreneur and small business customers.
NEW Entrevestor Job Board
Entrevestor and Qimple are delighted to announce the launch of their joint Job Board, which will be the region’s first job posting site targeting the technology, innovation and startup sectors. The job baord was created in hopes of providing a go-to place to find the special talent required. Currently, the job board is offering a special introductory discount. Read More 
JOB FLASH: Xplornet Hiring (12)
Are you a new grad from a technical program? An experienced job seeker looking for a new and exciting opportunity? Xplornet is growing a team of Bilingual Technical Support Specialists in their Fredericton office! Xplornet offers a high energy, fast paced work environment where employee opinions and feedback are valued.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Startup Visa Webinar
December 3
Planet Hatch will be hosting a webinar and an in-person information session targeting international students & entrepreneurs to learn more about what the Planet Hatch Start-up Visa Program is, the application process, the qualifications and how to apply.
Business After Hours
December 3
Celebrate the Holiday Season with the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce and the Crowne Plaza Fredericton Lord Beaverbrook Hotel for an evening of networking with the Fredericton business community! Get to know other professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs.  
United Way Info Session
December 3
United Way, a local charity focused on helping kids, reducing poverty, and building strong communities will be conducting an information session at Planet Hatch on December 3rd to introduce you to their organization.  Attendees will experience United Way’s “Make the Month” poverty simulation, and will learn about the important work happening in our community. 
Top 50 CEO Awards
December 4
The Top 50 CEO awards recognize corporate leadership excellence. Winners are bold, savvy and entrepreneurial in spirit. They are proud community supporters and active volunteers. They are dedicated to advancing their industry, increasing their organization’s financial well-being and improving the quality of life in Atlantic Canada. Nominations close Dec 4th.
Shop Our Closets: At Planet Hatch!
December 6
Clean out your closets, bring the best of what you don't wear any more and let Ella turn it into cash! Join us at Planet Hatch for incredible shopping, music, food, bubbly, and the announcement of a great New Brunswick based app. Ella recently passed through the Planet Hatch/Propel ICT 12-week intensive Launch Program.
Business Builders
December 8
Knowing the challenges of partnerships up front gives you the tools to better select and structure those partnerships to remove chance and deliver consistent results. Join Andrew Morrisey as he presents lessons learned from past partnering and joint ventures with some case studies.
Planet Hatch/PropelICT Info Session
December 14
Join us for an informative hour to see what program is best suited to accelerate your start-up. This informal session is open to the public and encourages startups to come out and get to know more about the Launch & Build Program! It's time to take your startup to the next level. Come by, get informed and ask questions. 
Lean Canadian Summit
April 17-19
This City of Fredericton event will bring together a network of public sector individuals, organizations, and companies from across Canada. The theme is “Building Resilient and Sustainable Communities Using Lean Six Sigma and Asset Management”. The summit showcases the latest innovations and continuous improvement principles in government. 

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Temporary Foreign Worker Program - Myth vs Fact
Temporary foreign workers are employees from around the globe who work here in Canada for a temporary period between three months and four years. Some employment will have a shorter maximum than four years such as the one year limit for low-wage positions, which requires employers to re-apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment each year. Read More
 
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