East Coast Startup Week Press Release

February 16, 2015 | by: Heather Boyd-Kinnie


East Coast Startup Week Brings Entrepreneurs, Mentors and Investors to Fredericton in March

FREDERICTON, NB – The blossoming East Coast start-up scene will get a major boost with the second iteration of East Coast Startup Week, a series of events being held on March 16 to 22 in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Brought to you by organizing partners Planet Hatch, the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation and the Pond-Deshpande Centre, East Coast Startup Week is a series of events bringing entrepreneurs and local leaders together to build momentum and opportunity. This annual event exists to connect Atlantic Canada’s growing entrepreneurial community with fellow market driven and socially driven entrepreneurs and changemakers.

“East Coast Startup Week gives our region the critical mass needed to support our growing community of entrepreneurs and attract investors and mentors from both inside the region and around the world.” states Karina LeBlanc, Executive Director of the Pond-Deshpande Centre. “Startup week is a catalyst. When you bring entrepreneurs with good ideas together with mentors and investors, good things are going to happen.”

There will be eight major events put on by a variety of community leaders including

  • The Social Impact Development Dialogue by the Pond-Deshpande Centre
  • Speaker Series by Planet Hatch
  • Startup Sleigh Ride by Planet Hatch
  • 20 Mentor Minutes by the Pond-Deshpande Centre
  • Fullsail 2015 (Raising Capital and Exit Strategies) by FCNB
  • New Brunswick Innovation Foundation’s Breakthru LIVE Awards Dinner
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Summit Atlantic by the Pond-Deshpande Centre
  • Startup Weekend New Brunswick
  • UNB Lunch & Learns and much more

Venues will include the Fredericton Convention Centre, the University of New Brunswick campus and Planet Hatch. The first East Coast Startup Week took place two years ago and is one of many Startup Weeks happening around the world. Registration is now open online. More details will be released as the week approaches.

About Startup Week

Startup Week celebrates the achievements of entrepreneurial communities in cities across the globe. Our mission is to develop and support thriving communities wherever they may exist. The best way to do this is to bring entrepreneurs together in a way that they can connect, share and bond.



Karina LeBlanc, Planet Hatch Pond-Deshpande Centre, karina.leblanc@unb.ca 506-471-7411
Sally Ng,  Planet Hatch, sally@planethatch.com, 506-292-7786
Contact: Chet Wesley, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, chet.wesley@nbif.ca 506-452-2884




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