Upcoming Events

Weekly Coffee Chat with Special Guest: Kevin Murphy!

April 27 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Calling all entrepreneurs! Come have your Friday morning coffee with us at Startup Zone! Bring your business ideas, questions, and grievances and get some great advice from local, like-minded entrepreneurs! On April 27th, our special guest is Kevin Murphy!


Murphy Hospitality Group started 36 years ago with one restaurant and today encompasses 11 restaurants, 2 hotels and the PEI Brewing Company. Kevin, his wife, Kathy, three sons, Ben, Sam and Isaac, are integral parts of the company and you have probably seen them around the restaurants and hotels. In 1980, they opened their first restaurant, run by Kevin and Kathy - they were the hosts, the dishwashers, they worked all aspects of the business. In the last 36 years, they’ve been able to grow and have fun in this business. That comes with a lot of hard work, great people and a little bit of luck along the way. Although some things have changed at MHG over the years, their principles remain the same: friendly, knowledgeable staff, great food, and clean and comfortable locations that help people create memorable experiences. Full bio here. 

Startup Zone
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NACO Academy Roadshow Workshop: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Angels

May 2 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Leading up to the annual Atlantic Regional Angel Summit, NACO Academy is putting on a series of workshops all across the East Coast, including two events in Charlottetown: They will be hosting Module 303: An Entrepreneurs Guide to Angels, here at Startup Zone on April 11th from 1 pm to 5 pm. This module is designed for entrepreneurs who want to improve their ability to attract angel investment, and who want to build a positive ongoing relationship with their angel investors once they have invested. Register here!


NACO will also be hosting Module 103: Structuring Deals and Term Sheets in Charlottetown on April 11th from 1 pm to 5 pm at the Atlantic Technology Centre. This module will show you how to structure investment deals to maximize the value created and to protect your returns from any adverse events. Register here!  A reception will be taking place at the Atlantic Technology Centre after the workshops.
For the full list of workshops, visit the 2018 Atlantic Regional Angel Summit & Roadshow webpage here.

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31 Queen Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 4A4 Canada
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Weekly Coffee Chat with Special Guest: Crystal Trevors!

May 4 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Calling all entrepreneurs! Come have your Friday morning coffee with us at Startup Zone! Bring your business ideas, questions, and grievances and get some great advice from local, like-minded entrepreneurs! Our May 4th special guest is Crystal Trevors!


Crystal has a diverse background in science and business accumulated in almost 20 years working in both the private and public sectors.  She started her career as a research biologist in the fields of immunology and molecular biology in the aquaculture and agriculture industries. Crystal transitioned from research to management in the public service working as an Operations Analyst for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency National Operations and as the Senior Consultant with a PEI based accounting and management consulting firm MacPherson Roche Smith & Associates. As the President and CEO of ViTRAK, Crystal has attracted the investment funds to bring this concept technology through into commercialization with its first five installs complete since the product’s launch in September of 2015.  The Stepscan technology is patented and recognized by both the FDA and Health Canada as a Class I medical device and ViTRAK is a registered medical device company. Crystal has a B.Sc. degree from the University of New Brunswick; a M.Sc. from the Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI; and an MBA from the University of Guelph.  Crystal is passionate about the future promise that entrepreneurship holds for the growth of the Atlantic Canadian provinces in the upcoming years.  She is a member of the Order of the Wallace McCain Institute; an Atlantic Canadian based entrepreneurship society and is currently the President of the Innovation and Technology Association of PEI. (bio from East Coast Entrepreneur)
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Intellectual Property Protection Information Session

May 9 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Intellectual property (IP) protection is a critical consideration for all startups.

IP affects many business areas including:

  • choosing a business name,
  • conducting negotiations and working with third parties,
  • creating timelines for commercialization, as well as
  • competing in the marketplace.

Obtaining intellectual property protection - such as patents - can minimize competition and act as a defensive mechanism against infringement claims. Intellectual property can also attract or solidify funding and partnerships. Emergence, in collaboration with Startup Zone, will host an IP workshop for innovators and entrepreneurs on Wednesday, May 9th at Startup Zone. Register here!

The information session will be presented by leading Canadian IP law firm, Bereskin & Parr LLP Intellectual Property Law. The focus will be on those elements critical to formulating an intellectual property strategy for startups and early-stage ventures. During this session, our colleagues from Bereskin & Parr will discuss different types of IP rights including trademarks, copyright, trade secrets and patents, and how they can be used to create an IP strategy, build an IP portfolio and create value.

The session will be followed by a Q&A and the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the presenters, Bereskin & Parr's Noel Courage and Tony Orsi.

Please indicate if you wish to set up a one-on-one meeting for your venture. To schedule a meeting, please send your name, title & company name to info@startupzone.ca, by Monday, May 7, 2018,

According to Emergence Director, Martin Yuill, "Early-stage, startup and scale-up ventures alike all benefit from professional guidance to make the right decisions at every stage of their company’s growth, build successful export companies, and compete successfully in the global economy.”

"In today’s increasingly hyper-competitive and global knowledge-based economy, having an IP strategy is critical to protect a venture's value proposition, help define a company's key points of differentiation, and offer protection to a startup's competitive advantage," Yuill says.

ABOUT YOUR WORKSHOP PRESENTERS

Noel Courage - Patent Attorney, Partner at Bereskin & Parr LLP

Noel Courage is a partner in the Intellectual Property law firm Bereskin & Parr LLP. He is a lawyer and a US and Canadian patent agent. Noel has been practicing IP law since 1995. He helps with patenting and licensing of life science inventions, particularly biotechnology, chemistry and medical devices.

Tony Orsi - Patent Agent, Partner at Bereskin & Parr LLP

Tony Orsi is a patent agent and partner with the Intellectual Property law firm of Bereskin & Parr LLP. Tony has a background in electrical and biomedical engineering as well as business and helps clients with their patent needs in a wide variety of areas including medical devices, electrical and computer technology, software, mechanical and clean-tech. Tony also mentors startups on understanding Intellectual Property rights and devising an IP strategy to help them achieve their business goals.

Startup Zone
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Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K7 Canada
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Weekly Coffee Chat with Special Guest: Ron Myers!

May 11 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Calling all entrepreneurs! Come have your Friday morning coffee with us at Startup Zone! Bring your business ideas, questions, and grievances and get some great advice from local, like-minded entrepreneurs!

Importing and Exporting 101 Lunch & Learn with Canada Business

May 17 @ 12:00 am - 1:00 pm

This lunch and learn will help you identify the necessary steps and information required to ensure that the process of importing or exporting goes as smoothly as possible. If you ever thought of importing or exporting goods or services into or out of Canada, this presentation will help in answering many of the questions you have.

Derek Pierce, Communications Officer with Canada Business and Trade Team PEI will present on the various government organizations, requirements and key information required to move goods and services internationally.

Register here! 

Startup Zone
31 Queen Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K7 Canada
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Tips on Applying for Funding Lunch & Learn with Canada Business

June 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Are you looking for tips and information on the best way to write your business plan when applying for funding programs?  This lunch and learn will let you know the key information that managers are seeking and requiring when evaluating applications.

Derek Pierce, Communications Officer with Canada Business will present on lessons learned from being a partner with provincial and federal government departments and agencies.  This information will allow entrepreneurs to have a thorough understanding of the type of information required when submitting applications for funding programs.

Registration is $15, lunch included! 

Startup Zone
31 Queen Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K7 Canada
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