CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Startup Zone is excited to announce the appointment of Patrick Farrar as their new CEO. Patrick assumed responsibility of the CEO role on Monday, July 16th, succeeding Interim CEO Shannon Pratt as she moves on to Innovation PEI, Cultural Development Division as the Creative Industries Development Officer.

Patrick is joining the Startup Zone team with vast experience in supporting and building early-stage companies. Originally from Halifax, Patrick attended Mount Allison University and Dalhousie University for his Bachelor of Management, Entrepreneurship. He then attended Saint Mary’s University for his MBA in Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations. Patrick has been involved in the creation of over a dozen ventures in various sectors, helping raise millions in financing. Patrick has lived in Toronto for the past few years where he co-founded and held the position of COO at Venture for Canada, a social enterprise that recruits, trains, and supports recent graduates to work at startups in need of talent.

“PEI is a particularly fascinating ecosystem where startups, businesses and government are working together to promote innovation.” says Patrick “I’ve been watching the boom of Atlantic Canada’s entrepreneurial community over the past few years, and I am excited to return to the east coast to actively support this growth.”

Startup Zone would like to welcome Patrick to the community at our weekly coffee chat on Friday, July 20, at 10:30 a.m. As the special guest, Patrick will share his past experience and his plans for the future of Startup Zone. This event is open for the public to attend.

 The Startup Zone is PEI’s business incubator with the goal to accelerate new startups through its Resident Company Program by connecting them with resources, mentors and supports they need to grow. Visit to learn more.