Piatto Pizzeria + Enoteca is doing double duty: they opened their seventh location and jumped into the fast-casual market with a new restaurant model. The St. John’s-based pizza empire has expanded into Ontario by opening their latest VPN-certified pizzeria in Cambridge at 350 Hespeler Road on September 21, 2018. Over the summer, Piatto also rolled into the quick service industry by establishing a new brand— Piatto Pronto’s first location in Charlottetown focuses on build-your-own stone-fired Neapolitan pizzas to dine in or take away.
Memorial welcomes Emera Innovation Exchange
Memorial University celebrated the official opening of their Signal Hill campus on September 29, 2018. Under its new moniker (Emera Innovation Exchange), it welcomed a $7-million contribution from Emera Inc. to lay the new foundation for innovation and entrepreneurship in Newfoundland and Labrador. The funding will support programming at the new campus, as well as innovation organizations like the Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship, the Centre for Social Enterprise and the Genesis Centre which is home to successful startups like Sucseed and HeyOrca!
Wheels in motion for Energia Ventures’ second cohort
Energia Ventures, the three-month accelerator run by the J Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management & Entrepreneurship at the University of New Brunswick, welcomed its second cohort of start-ups at the beginning of September in Fredericton. The program, which first launched in 2016, welcomes six new groups of eager entrepreneurs from across North America who are driven to create businesses in the energy, smart grid, cleantech and cybersecurity sectors. Energia sees the growth of the program as a contribution to the evolution of the Atlantic Canada cleantech sector.
Volta Labs goes corporate
The Halifax innovation hub Volta Labs is about to get a whole lot bigger (and more corporate). They recently opened their new 60,000 sq. ft. space (making it one of the biggest of its kind in the country) which is now home to Atlantic Canada’s only Corporate Innovation Outpost Program. The program helps companies of any size with skill development and connects them with new startups. McInnes Cooper also signed on over the summer to partner with Volta by having offices onsite and holding regular seminars to support the fledgling businesses.