*Due to the current circumstance, all travel by Innovation PEI employees has been suspended until further notice.  Many upcoming events have been canceled, postponed, or rescheduled.  If you are unsure of a previously posted event, please contact one of our staff at (902) 368-6300.

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DEMO DAY | Fall 2019 Accelerator Cohort @ Startup Zone
Dec 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Demo Day is your chance to hear pitches from the 15 companies of Startup Zone’s inaugural 12-week Accelerator Cohort of Fall 2019.

About this Event

Demo Day is your chance to hear pitches from the 15 companies of Startup Zone’s inaugural 12-week Accelerator Cohort of Fall 2019.

The Accelerator Program allowed entrepreneurs to learn how to build their business alongside other startups using a proven, structured process that has helped some of the world’s fastest growing companies.

The 12-week, in-person program gave participants access to a variety of resources and supports to help grow their business, including:

  • 24/7 access to Startup Zone workspaces.
  • Access to experts in sales, branding, and product development.
  • Accountability from weekly meetings with a Growth Coach and other cohort members.
  • Connections to local and global business partnerships.
  • Weekly access to expert advisors to track business progress.
  • Free or discounted access to exclusive professional events and workshops.

Over these 12 weeks, participants have prepared for the pitch that they will be delivering to you on December 5th. Don’t miss out on this FREE event – sign up today!

Read more about the program participants in our blog post from September 2019.

2019 Business of Excellence Awards Gala & Christmas Social @ New London Community Complex
Dec 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Celebrate the fabulous businesses in the Kensington and Area!

About this Event

Book your tickets before November 1st and have your name entered for a chance to WIN 1 FREE ticket to hear President Obama speak in Halifax!

Join us for an evening of celebration, delicious food and drinks!

Weekly Startup Zone Coffee Chat @ Startup Zone
Dec 6 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Weekly coffee chat at Startup Zone is an ongoing event you can attend.  Check their website or sign up for their newsletter to stay informed of all Startup Zone events.

Business Bootcamp (Sales, Sales, Sales) @ The Loyalist Country Inn
Dec 12 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Event Description:

The Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing a diverse array of high-quality business training sessions in the Summerside area. Throughout the year, the GSCC will be hosting a series of workshops designed to engage and develop the skills of local business owners and their employees. This “Business Bootcamp” series will be facilitated by Craig Noonan from Integrity Consulting at the Loyalist Country Inn over a 12 month period with one workshop per month, starting in November. A VERY big thank you to our funding partners, Innovation PEI and CBDC Central PEI.

Topics will include but not limited to:
Sales, marketing, online business, planing & productivity, strategy, networking, media & public relations, and digital.
or a complete list of all sessions and dates, click the following link http://www.summersidechamber.com/gscc-boot-camp/

Date/Time Information:
The Loyalist Country Inn
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Individual Registration (Members) – $15 per session
Individual Registration (Future Members) – $25 per session
Full Year Registration (Individuals) – $150 includes all 12 sessions
Full Year Registration (Business) – $300 includes all 12 sessions
– Businesses that register are able to send multiple members of their staff to any session.

Weekly Startup Zone Coffee Chat @ Startup Zone
Dec 13 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Weekly coffee chat at Startup Zone is an ongoing event you can attend.  Check their website or sign up for their newsletter to stay informed of all Startup Zone events.

Discover Digital Marketing at the Startup Zone @ Startup Zone
Dec 13 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Discover Digital Marketing is a day-long learning and networking event at the Startup Zone for entrepreneurs, business professionals, students, and more!

Whether you are a beginner in the marketing world and want to learn the basics of digital marketing from social media to branding to web design, or you already work in a professional position in the field but want an opportunity to network with like-minded individuals from across the province, this is the event for you. With a diverse audience from business owners to students, this is a great opportunity to network and establish or grow your presence online.


10:45am – 11:00am: Registration

11:00am – 12:30pm: “Social Media 101” Panel moderated by Rachel Adams, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Startup Zone. The panelists for the morning are as follows:
– Ashley Green: Founder of Ashley Green Design, Local Legends Apparel, and Girl Bosses of PEI
– Cassandra MacKay: Founder of Inspire Social Studios
– Madelyn Deveau: Content Marketing Manager at iWave
– Michelle MacNeil: Social Media Officer at Holland College

12:30pm – 1:00pm: Lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Branding Workshop with Stephanie Perreault-Bittner, founder of Summer Street Creative. This workshop will outline what “having a brand” really means, and teach you how to turn customers into fans! You’ll discover how to build your story, create your identity, and everything in between.

2:00pm – 2:45pm: Web Design Workshop with Chelsey Lake, founder of Lake Design. In this workshop, Chelsey will explain how web design can actually make or break your conversion rates. Your website’s visual design – both how it looks and how it feels – can make all the difference when it comes to your sales. She will be teaching us how to design a website that will help us make sales in the future!

2:45pm – 3:00pm: Break

3:00pm – 4:00pm: Keynote Presentation by Heather MacAulay, Chief Movement Officer at Volume 18. A mover and shaker by nature, and an avid runner by choice, Heather understands the importance of truly knowing our clientele and ensures our team is ready to run with ideas and cross the finish line with our creative campaigns, research and workshops. Heather is an energetic and community-minded force to be reckoned with. She is a dynamic leader and presenter skilled in large-scale event organization, marketing and communications. She understands with an experienced breadth and depth the importance of knowing our community and our clientele and works tirelessly to ensure we understand our prospective clients and their needs. We are very fortunate to have Heater giving her insights on digital marketing in PEI as our keynote speaker for the day!

4:00pm – 5:00pm: Networking & Snacks


You won’t want to miss one of Startup Zone’s biggest events of 2019. Register now!

Weekly Startup Zone Coffee Chat @ Startup Zone
Dec 20 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Weekly coffee chat at Startup Zone is an ongoing event you can attend.  Check their website or sign up for their newsletter to stay informed of all Startup Zone events.

Corporate Entrepreneurship Panel @ Startup Zone
Jan 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Learn about the importance of bankers, lawyers, and accountants for entrepreneurs with Startup Zone CEO Patrick Farrar.

About this Event

What happens when a banker, a lawyer, an accountant, and an entrepreneur walk into the Startup Zone? You get a Corporate Entrepreneurship Panel moderated by the Startup Zone CEO, Patrick Farrar!

At Startup Zone, our Resident Companies have access to office hours with many in-house specialists and business professionals. This panel will highlight three of our sponsors who host office hours out of our space: Erica Bustard, Small Business Advisor and Mutual Funds Representative at Scotiabank as our banker; Michael Drake, Partner at McInnis Cooper as our lawyer; and Gerry Lanigan, Senior Manager, Financial Advisory Services at BDO as our accountant. They will be talking about how crucial this team is for entrepreneurs starting out their business, the services they can offer for entrepreneurs, and why you should be taking advantage of them. To add to this discussion, we will also be joined by Steve Collette, founder of Third Degree Training and Actual Nutrition as our entrepreneur on the panel.

Startup Zone will be hosting this panel as our first event of 2020, taking place on January 8th at noon. Lunch will be provided, and it will be a great chance to expand your network in the Charlottetown business community. Kick off the New Year with all of us at Startup Zone by learning more about how these corporate connections can help you develop a more successful business!

Stop Random Acts of Marketing Workshop @ Holman Grand Hotel, Dunes Room
Jan 9 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Emergence presents a workshop in partnership with Mintent on effectively marketing your business in today’s digital world. The workshop will encompass marketing best practices, knowing your audience, tools/templates, case studies and actionable take-aways. We invite you and your colleagues to attend this free workshop. Register now to save your seat!

WHEN: January 9, 2020

TIME: 8:00am – 8:30am Coffee and Netowkring

8:30am – 10:30am – Stop Random Acts of Marketing Workshop

WHERE: Holman Grand Hotel, Dunes Room

Understanding Financial Statements – Rodney Payne, CPA, CGA
Jan 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kick off the New Year with a FREE workshop as part of our Financial Success Series. Do you know your business but feel like you don’t understand your business? In this session, Rodney Payne, CPA, CGA will show you how to interpret financial statements the way an accountant does. You’ll see what certain numbers mean and how the relationships between the balances can tell you whether you’re on fire or a dumpster fire!

Email Krista at krista.thompson@cbdc.ca to reserve your spot. Seats are limited!