Ignite Labs launches second hub for startups in northern Nova Scotia


Ignite Labs, a Yarmouth-based innovation hub dedicated to supporting rural Nova Scotia startups, has opened a second location in Pictou County.

The second location is at 39 Acadia Avenue in Stellarton. The new space will provide low-cost office space, internet, equipment, and professional services to reduce the financial burden for new companies. Tenants at Ignite Labs in Pictou County can talk to mentors with expertise in technology, finance, governance, commercialization, marketing, and law.

“Pictou County presents countless opportunities to bring people together to support entrepreneurs and new businesses.”

“Our goal in starting Ignite was to provide a space where an entrepreneur can work with other startups and access mentorship, resources, and advice that will help them grow and achieve success,” said Doug Jones, president and CEO of Ignite Labs. “Along with this, we hope to create a culture of innovation where we can support and help grow the vibrant industries in Nova Scotia.”

Ignite said this second location reduces barriers for entrepreneurs, startups, and existing businesses to succeed in the northern region of Nova Scotia.

“Ignite provides mentorship and programming to grow new and existing businesses and creating a community that fosters innovation is the key to success for Ignite,” said Sebastian Green, northern regional manager. “Pictou County presents countless opportunities to bring people together to support entrepreneurs and new businesses.”

This second location is among several that are helping the Atlantic Canadian ecosystem thrive, including Volta in Halifax, Momentum in Sydney, Venn Innovation in Moncton, and The Genesis Centre in St. John’s. In June, Ignite Labs received Volta’s catalyst award, which​ ​recognizes a startup that has helped create cohesion and growth in the Atlantic Canadian startup ecosystem.

“The support and leadership within the startup community is one of the reasons why Atlantic Canadian companies are experiencing growth and success on national and international levels,” Jesse Rodgers, CEO of Volta, said at the time. “Organizations, like the ones recognized here today, are positively shaping our ecosystem, and are helping put Atlantic Canada on the map.”

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang

Freelance tech writer. Former BetaKit News Editor.