Today I want to share the lessons I learned from MCE and Ocean Advance’s event entitled, From Student to Entrepreneur: How I started an Ocean Tech Business. This event featured two fantastic entrepreneurs, Andrew Cook, CEO and Co-founder of Seaformatics, and Ali Modir, Co-founder of Intelligent Materials and Monitoring Inc., with one things in common; they both were in the process of spinning an ocean tech business out of a university research project (also of note: they’re both Genesis Enterprise portfolio companies!).
May 14–18th was Innovation Week in Newfoundland and Labrador. 2018 was the fifth year for this annual event that brings together partners to showcase and highlight the innovation that is happening in the province. This year there were over 20 partners, and 20 events tied to the week. The Genesis Centre has been involved in Innovation Week since its inception, and 2018 was no different with the Genesis Centre hosting a number of events.
Genesis was lucky enough to have author, investor, and networking expert Kelly Hoey in town to participate in a few of our events, one of which was a networking event at the Rooms.
Workplace stress is a normal and healthy thing to experience, but what happens when too much stress is affecting your business negatively? It has been estimated that $300 billion in the U.S. and $16 billion in Canada is lost per year by companies due to stress. So how do you avoid this stress epidemic?
The B Corp movement has been in the spotlight lately as it quickly gains momentum worldwide, and in the province. Social enterprises and companies built on a foundation of social responsibility are becoming more and more common as more consumers begin to demand ethical behavior from corporations.
Nicole Helwig, Manager at the Memorial University Centre for Social Enterprise, and Carolyn Wakeham, Senior Account Manager at BDC, helped us answer some key questions about B Corp. They discuss how the movement is present in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as what the future of B Corp looks like in the province.