Summer Institute Alumni, Potential Motors, a software company that uses Artificial Intelligence to boost vehicle safety and performance, has closed a $2.5 million funding round. The funders included Build Ventures the Atlantic Canadian seed-stage investor, Brightspark Ventures and the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation. They are working on a software product called RallyAI that it says will change the driving experience.
The University of New Brunswick on Thursday held its annual summer extravaganza in Fredericton, showcasing the companies graduating from two of its programs, including an all-female cohort at its Summer Institute.
Educated Beards take all-natural approach to helping with facial hair endeavours
July 18, 2018
You may have noticed that beards are back in fashion. Scruffy, long, thick and even braided. But growing a nice one is not as easy as it looks. Fredericton's Kevin Leboeuf knows all about facial hair. He and his wife Alicia Phillips have created Educated Beards, an all-new, natural beard care line.
Local inventor’s off the wall invention could ease chronic pain
June 21, 2018
Curtis Kennedy’s childhood dream was lacing up his skates for an NHL team. Instead at 14 he was diagnosed with Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm (BPDCN), a rare form of leukemia that can affect multiple organs, including the lymph nodes and skin. Now Kennedy has a new vision and at 21 and is on the verge of debuting his creation the Vertiball, a ball-on-the-wall massager.
Fredericton-based energy storage startup Stash Energy nets $500k investment round
June 12, 2018
The New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF) today announced a $250,000 investment in Fredericton-based energy storage company Stash Energy. The investment was matched by Island Capital Partners (ICP), bringing the total investment round to $500,000.
Greg Hemmings and Dave Veale chat with Shukla about what brought him to Canada and his dedication to the educational system of New Brunswick. They also discuss his passion for entrepreneurship, innovation and how he uses it to inspire his students (and our Summer Institute entrepreneurs).
The rest of Atlantic Canada has a lot to learn from New Brunswick about developing startups. That’s the conclusion that I came to after a quick visit to Fredericton this week. It’s an impression that’s been percolating for several years. All four Atlantic provinces can point to successful innovators and support organizations. But here are five features that make New Brunswick special.
Summer Institute accepting application's for next year's cohort
November 28, 2017
The Summer Institute is a free 12-week program for entrepreneurs of all levels of experience, running from April 28 to July 20, 2018 at the J. Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management & Entrepreneurship at UNB. Applicants do not have to be students or Canadian citizens to apply.
The Summer Institute a top accelerator in new Gust report
September 29, 2017
The annual USA & Canada accelerator report by Gust has listed New Brunswick amongst the Top 10 locations for start-ups accelerated and the Summer Institute as the regional accelerator that has invested the most cash in accelerated start-ups.
Atlantic regional Start-Up Canada award winners celebrated in Fredericton
September 06, 2017
Stash Energy CEO Jordan Kennie receives the Atlantic Young Entrepreneur Award. Dr. Dhirendra Shukla, chair of the Centre for Technology Management & Entrepreneurship and Summer Institute Managing Director, receives the Entrepreneur Promotion Award.
La Dulse Vie is a New Brunswick-based company specializing in the creation of dulse chips. The company launched in August 2016 after chef/co-founder Laura Cushnie’s participation in the Summer Institute accelerator.
It’s OK Not To Be OK – Introducing Wear Your Label
November 14, 2016
When Kayley Reed and Kyle MacNevin met while working with a local mental health organization. Kayley was battling an eating disorder, and Kyle living with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and ADHD. They connected over experiences, but realized how rare it was to actually talk to anyone about their illnesses. From that realization, Wear Your Label, fashion tackling the stigma of mental illness, was born.
For startups like Wear Your Label, accelerators offer a crash course in business
November 07, 2016
Feature in the Globe and Mail: "Wear Your Label, a fashion line that adds mental-health messages to its casual clothing, was stitched together in a University of New Brunswick small-business accelerator."
These Engineers are Bringing Canadian Innovation to the Smart Grid
August 23, 2016
Recent graduates of the University of New Brunswick’s (UNB) Engineering faculty—Jordan Kennie, Daniel Larsen, and Erik Hatfield—have created a thermal energy storage system for use with residential heat pumps.
From Arts to Engineering, this Startup Accelerator Works Across Sectors
August 03, 2016
The Summer Institute is a three month business accelerator program for entrepreneurs with an innovative idea, and the passion needed to turn that idea into a viable business. What sets the Summer Institute apart from so many other accelerators is its scope. Many focus on IT or engineering-related projects — we focus on all business ideas.
Ones to Watch: 10 of the Coolest Fashion Startups of 2016
June 28, 2016
Staying trendy in the fashion department is something that much of society aims to do. It is difficult to keep up with the ever-changing fashion trends. Newer startups, like those introducing themselves in 2016, make shopping easier. These 10 fashion startups are just the tip of the iceberg as dozens of new fashion startups are emerging this year.
New Documentary "Do Season" Features Summer Institute
July 30, 2015
In 2015, the Summer Institute was featured in a short documentary entitled "Do Season". The film tells the story of an under-performing city achieving economic prosperity the hard way. The documentary received honourable mention at the Los Angeles New Urbanism Film Festival.
'Self-care isn’t selfish': How Wear Your Label plans to help eradicate mental health stigma
July 26, 2015
Launched to counter that reality, Wear Your Label produces tees, tanks and sweaters emblazoned with positive and honest messaging, such as: 'Self-care isn’t selfish,' 'Sad but rad' and 'It’s okay to not be okay'
The Summer Institute joins Global Accelerator Network
July 12, 2015
The Summer Institute, part of the J Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management and Entrepreneurship (TME) at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, is now among an exclusive group of accelerator programs with the Global Accelerator Network (GAN).
The New Fashion Line That's Changing How We View Mental Illnesses
May 14, 2015
Young entrepreneurs Kyle MacNevin and Kayley Reed hated the fact that they couldn't talk about their mental illness with their peers (Kyle has General Anxiety Disorder, while Kayley is recovering from Anorexia Nervoza), so they decided to come up with a fashion line that made it easy for them to create conversations about mental health.
UNB celebrates newest startups at Foundry Fest 2014
July 28, 2014
Five new businesses are being showcased at the first Foundry Fest on Wednesday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Station on York in Fredericton. The celebration of local business and entrepreneurship concludes the inaugural year of the Dr. J. Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management and Entrepreneurship’s (TME) Summer Institute.
UNB Summer Institute seeks ‘artistic entrepreneurs’
April 09, 2014
The Dr. J. Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management and Entrepreneurship on the Fredericton campus has launched an innovative and intensive summer program for entrepreneurs with background ranging from arts to engineering.