Build something amazing
Build something amazing

Startup Zone is Prince Edward Island’s business incubator.

Our goal is to accelerate new startups by connecting them with the space, resources, and supports they need to grow. You bring the idea and the ambition – we connect you with the necessities to get your business going.

Business Development & Strategy
Pat Sebastien

Pat Sebastien

Strategy Specialist

Pat Sebastien began his startup journey with a mental health tech company, providing SaaS-based emotional support systems to post-secondary institutions, businesses, and nonprofits. Pat currently works with CRM systems and is also an independent business development consultant (Sebastien Business Development Consulting), helping new & existing startups bring their products to market.

Angela MacDonald

Angela MacDonald

Strategy Specialist

Founder of Angela MacDonald Consulting, where she provides CFO services, assists with strategy and planning, and develops comprehensive business plans for entrepreneurs.

Holds a BBA with a focus in Accounting from UPEI, and an MBA and CPA-CMA from Saint Mary’s University.

Previous experience titles include Corporate Controller for Center for Aquaculture Technologies Inc., Assistant Regional Business Manager for TC Media, and Accountant positions for both APM House of Excellence and Drake Truck Bodies.

Has helped executives and entrepreneurs develop a plan for the growth of their organizations; along with a solid financial plan to allow it to happen, and metrics to monitor progress along the way.

Oversaw and maintained budgets in excess of 10 million dollars annually and showed growth year over year.

Dee Enright

Dee Enright

Business Development and Strategy Specialist

Dee’s experience includes owning, building, operating and selling successful businesses including Outside the Cube, an award-winning agency with seven figure billings, located in the Yukon with clients around the globe, and Charlotte’s Rose Inn, a top ranked BnB in PEI.

In 2008 she founded JEBBCA Strategies + Holdings, a company that invests in business start ups and real estate and offers senior strategy services in business development, sales, marketing and communications. 

Before becoming a serial entrepreneur, Dee held positions with Honda (sales), Suzuki Canada (District Sales Manager), Maritime Broadcasting (Regional Sales Manager), CBC television (Account Executive), and Cossette Communications (VP Media Planning and Buying). 

Her clients have included large brands like Holland America, McDonalds, Coke, Bell Aliant, Canada Games, World Fastpitch, World Athletics, and Chukka Caribbean Adventures as well as entrepreneurs, NGO, DMO’s  and start ups including Canadian River Expeditions/Nahanni River Adventures, Proskida/Protern.io, Gill Cracknell Leadership and Advocacy, CPAWS, and Glebe BIA. 

She is recognized as a specialist in tourism, sponsorship, sport and event revenue strategies. She has been invited to speak at numerous conferences and events on entrepreneurship, DMO marketing, media planning and buying, and sales.

Permjot Valia

Permjot Valia

Strategy Coach

Founder & CEO of Mentorcamp and Co-founder of Flight and Partners Ltd. (a UK based FCA authorized fund).

Permjot is a Pitch Trainer, Advisor, Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Executive Director for numerous business and economic development collaborations around the world. Permjot is the first Mentor-In-Residence for the University of Arkansas, Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 

He is also an Angel investor, having invested in over 50 startups in four countries (Canada, UK, South Africa and US). His company Flight and Partners has returned 83x to shareholders. 

Branding & Marketing
Stephanie Perreault-Bittner

Stephanie Perreault-Bittner

Branding & Marketing Specialist

Founder/CEO of Summer Street Creative.

Helps entrepreneurs create a powerful and authentic brand through branding, design, web design, and brand strategy.

Over 250 Hours of coaching for Startup Zone Residents and Summer Street Clients.

Worked with large brands such as BMW & Honda, among others.

Has been a graphic designer for over 7 years.

Has hosted 3 Workshops at Startup zone (and counting!)

Over 100 Copies of her branding related worksheets have been handed out/shared to the resident companies.

She is currently spending extra hours (currently at 17 Hours) writing her first book that is based on the worksheets originally conceived in the meetings to help residents after the meetings.

She has designed for 37 local PEI businesses (from logo to websites).

Her artwork has been displayed in New York times Square.

Over 350-400 Coffees/teas have been consumed since starting at Startup Zone!

Sean Williams

Sean Williams

Branding & Marketing Specialist

Co-Founder of Dashboard Marketing where he works as an independent marketing consultant and growth advisor, offering a wealth of B2C, D2C and B2B experience to organizations at every stage.

Sean has 20+ years of experience, with areas of expertise include brand development, strategic marketing, digital engagement, social media, web development, advertising, public relations, and market research.

In the first half of his career, he spent time in sales and marketing roles with MolsonCoors and Nikon, and well as advertising agencies managing communications for brands such as Dare Foods, CIBC, Kraft, Canon and Toyota.

Sean is also an active speaker on the topic of branding and strategic marketing. He has presented at national conferences and post-secondary institutions across the country.

Sean holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Image Arts) from Ryerson University.

Larry MacEachern

Larry MacEachern

Marketing Coach

A leader in the marketing community in Atlantic Canada, with a focus on brand strategy.

Has worked with:

1 national beer brand, cider brand, provincial tourism agency, national parks organization, national automaker, convention centre, lottery corporation, liquor corporation and college clients

2 telco’s, healthcare organizations, universities, hospital foundation charities as clients

3 retailers and media companies as clients

10 B-to-B companies

30 startups

Larry has developed:

Over 20 value propositions

Over 40 brand strategies

Over 60 marketing strategies

Has taught at 2 universities, worked with 3 ad agencies in Toronto and Halifax, and has had his own consulting practice for 8 years.

Has run 2 marathons, 10 half marathons, 20+ 10 k’s, traveled to 18 countries, amassed a 7 hour 80’s playlist and volunteered with over 25 non-profit organizations!

Product Development
Clark MacLeod

Clark MacLeod

Product Development Specialist

Founder/CEO of Minzoo, a boutique product design studio based in Charlottetown, where he focuses on creating engaging and educational experiences for children.

Has worked for close to 25 years, primarily in Taiwan and China, for Global 500, Start-ups, Government and SME’s in design and user experience roles.

Helps companies with a broad range of design and user experience challenges, and can lead them through design thinking, customer discovery, ideation, customer journeys, and product or experience design processes.

Learn more about Clark by visiting his website!

Matt Cooper

Matt Cooper

Product Coach

Matt Cooper has been developing and marketing products for over 20 years, more recently as the Director of Product at QRA the Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Swept.

He holds certifications from Pragmatic Product Management, Google Adwords, Google Analytics and Hubspot Inbound Marketing.

An alumni of both Propel and 500 Startups, Matt’s unique experience leverages a combination of qualitative and quantitative customer research to help product teams uncover insights and drive growth by building solutions for the most important customer problems.

Mark Sambrooke

Mark Sambrooke

Product Development Specialist

Spent 10+ years at world-class software companies in Silicon Valley (SAP and Salesforce) in technical product management.

Led the product team for over a decade at a successful local SaaS start-up (Screenscape), where he worked as the Chief Product Officer.

Mark currently works as a Managing Director at Cyber Island, a new cybersecurity managed services company in Charlottetown.

Holds a BA in Philosophy and German and a BSc in Computer Science and Math from Mount Allison University.

Experience in software development and product management, including UI and UX design, Saas and startups, Agile / Scrum, CRM, and more.

Sales & Human Resources
Lisa Haydon

Lisa Haydon

Sales Coach

Lisa W. Haydon is a high business acumen leader and a B to B Certified Sales Professional (CSP) as well as a technical sales professional, sales coach and a certified executive coach.

She has been able to hone her skills and brand in B2C, B2B and North American markets. Her diverse roles have allowed her to work in industries such as banking, commercial lending, capital markets, technology, consulting and professional services.

Lisa has experience building markets, sales teams, account teams, pipeline, and sales.

Pivotal Coaching works with, and has a pipeline of enterprise sales opportunities, corporations that are regional, national, multinational and publicly traded.

Wendy MacIntyre

Wendy MacIntyre

Human Resources Specialist

Founder of resolveHR, providing employers with services and tools to assist in risk management.

Wendy has been nationally certified as a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (formerly Certified Human Resources Professional) since 2007 and is a member of PEI Chartered Professionals in Human Resources.

Wendy has almost 20 years in HR, almost 5 years as resolveHR, and 8 years of consulting experience.

Assisted over 15 different Startup Zone clients as the Human Resources Specialist.

Glenn Nishimura

Glenn Nishimura

HR & Culture Coach

Principal and Chief People Strategist at Nishimura Consulting, based in Toronto.

As an experienced advisor, consultant, and mentor, he has helped dozens of early and growth stage startups and scaleups across North America and Europe to build strong company cultures and smart people practices.

His work has helped companies to successfully double or even triple the size of their teams, reduce turnover by up to 65%, and improve employee engagement and productivity by up to 75%. One Silicon Valley client achieved over 150% growth in one year and was named one of America’s Most Promising Companies by Forbes.

Glenn is also a former columnist on HR and performance management for PROFITguide & Canadian Business magazine, mentors young entrepreneurs through Futurpreneur, Venture for Canada and the Ontario College of Art & Design, and has been interviewed by media outlets including the Toronto Star, USA Today, and The Globe & Mail’s Report on Business.

Information Technology & Digital Advertising
Kyle Hensman

Kyle Hensman

Information Technology Specialist

Provides technical assistance and coaching to Startup Zone companies based on 8+ years of experience in the IT industry.

Full-Stack software developer at EastCode, where he helps plan, design, and develop websites, computer applications, and mobile apps, specializing in blockchain technology.

Brody Trainor

Brody Trainor

Digital Advertisement Specialist

Owner/Operator of Outer Island Media, providing SEO & Advertising Consultation.

Graduate of the Marketing & Advertising Management Program (Holland College, 2018).

4+ years of experience with digital marketing campaigns.

Previous experience as a Marketing Manager for RE/MAX Charlottetown, and as a Marketing & Film Production Intern at Insight Brand and Marketing Studio.