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.

The Startup Zone Team
The Startup Zone Team
Shelby McDonald

Shelby McDonald

Communications & Events Manager

Sam MacLean

Sam MacLean

Office Coordinator

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The Startup Zone Board of directors
The Startup Zone Board of directors
Ron Myers

Ron Myers

SUZ Board Chair & CTO at Thinking Big

Ron graduated from UPEI in 2003 with a BSc. Three years later in 2006 he co-founded Thinking BIG which builds enterprise level applications for both local PEI businesses and diverse clients with unique needs from all over the world. Today Ron leads a team of developers that helps their clients solve complex business and technical problems by providing effective software and technology solutions. Ron is the current president of the IT Association of PEI, committee member of the STATS Charity Tournament, a member of the PEI Developers Group, a member of the Innovation PEI Board of Directors, and coaches junior soccer. Ron lives in Charlottetown with his wife, Stacey.

Shane MacDougall

Shane MacDougall

Director of Business Development & Innovation at Innovation PEI

As the Director of Business Development & Integration for Innovation PEI, the lead economic development for the government of PEI, Shane and his team of Business Development Officers is responsible for the coordination and delivery of information and assistance to new and existing local businesses in Prince Edward Island. The group provides counseling, financial assistance, business guidance; entrepreneur education and professional development to assist businesses with start up, expansion and diversification.

Shane MacDougall is a life-long resident of PEI working his way through a number of Community Economic Development organizations before joining Innovation PEI as the Director of Business Development in 2013. He has spent over 20 years working in the trenches with small business, and various government and industry stakeholders, to develop capacity in the rural regions of PEI.

Shane received his BBA from the University of PEI and a Diploma in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo.

Ben Howard

Ben Howard

Chief Operating Officer & Lawyer at Cox and Palmer

Ben is a lawyer in the Cox & Palmer office in Charlottetown and the COO for Cox & Palmers offices in PEI. He graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island (BA) in 2009 with first class standing and continued to Law School at the University of Western Ontario. After articling and practicing as an associate at a top Toronto corporate law firm, Ben joined Cox & Palmer.

Ben has experience in a wide variety of corporate matters, including incorporations and shareholder agreements, corporate reorganizations, purchases and sales of public and private businesses, equity and debt financings, securities law regulation, insolvency and restructuring proceedings (CCAA and BIA), shareholder disputes and commercial litigation. Ben also has experience providing local counsel support (real property and personal property searches, corporate re-organizations, opinions) in Atlantic Canada to out of province clients and law firms.

Patrick Dorsey

Patrick Dorsey

Vice-President at ACOA

 Dominique O'Connell

Dominique O'Connell

Economic Development Officer for Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Craig Lambe

Craig Lambe

Financial Advisor at Andy Lambe and Associates Inc.

Stefanie Corbett

Stefanie Corbett

CEO, Innovation PEI

Stefanie has been helping entrepreneurs work towards achieving their objectives for over 10 years. With a background in business banking, financial analysis, and leading high performing sales teams, she has a passion for pushing entrepreneurship forward and helping companies gain easier access to capital. Stefanie gained her experience from joining the financial sector after completing her business degree at the University of Prince Edward Island. For 12 years she worked with Scotiabank and held various roles such as a professional / business advisor, branch manager, and Manager Commercial Banking

Valerie Fox

Valerie Fox

Chief Innovation Consultant at Pivotal Point

Valerie Fox cofounded the DMZ at Ryerson University. She was responsible for its opening and development for the last 6 years. The DMZ has grown to become North America’s number 1 university business incubator and number 3 in the world (UBI Global 2015).

She has now started a new venture called The Pivotal Point, which helps build successful incubation models with corporations, academic institutions and regions, and brings communities of diverse skills together to collaborate, design, and deliver impactful innovation.

Val has over 30 years in the creative digital industry and has been recognized for multiple awards, including the Canada Innovation Leaders team, the Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and a number of notable patents.

Doug Keefe

Doug Keefe

Enterprise Architect at Veterans Affairs Canada

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