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Bounced Inc. leverages Launch Lab EIRs to close pre-seed financing round

Facebook’s popularity has faded with students. Contributing factors include privacy and mental health concerns, and an uncool reputation for being “the app your parents use to find the bake sale”. Instead, young people are moving to more targeted, intimate and less permanent “digital campfires”. In 2015 Sean Monteiro and Francesco Virga ran Orientation Week at…

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Boutique day spa owner applies Digital MainStreet grant and the Future Proof program to extend reach for home-developed products with revamped digital presence

For eight years, Aba Mortley, owner of Cher-Mère day spa, had been treating local clientele with the natural, organic products her family had created and used since her childhood. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and in-person services were no longer an option, a grant from FedDev Ontario’s Digital Main Street (DMS) initiative and the support…

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Pre-owned clothing business establishes digital footprint with assistance from Digital Main Street grant and Future Proof program.

For Kathleen Bradshaw, owner of Kathleen’s Wears in Cobourg, Ontario, creating a safe, comfortable store where plus size women could find dresses, tops, jeansand more, that made them look and feel fantastic was a dream come true. Faced with COVID-19 restrictions, however, it was time to take the business online so customers could continue to…

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Digital Main Street Program supported by FedDev Ontario enables collaborative community project to help Prince Edward County “main street” businesses thrive and maintain jobs

February 4, 2021 – Kingston, Ontario – Launch Lab, a Regional Innovation Centre and member of theOntario Business Support Network, a provincially-funded network of resources for entrepreneurs, todayannounced a new collaborative technology project, Shift Yourself, a community scheduling project, willallow traditional brick and mortar small businesses in Prince Edward County share a common staffingbase as…

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Sales revenue triples for members of Lanark County Food and Beverage Peer Group

The group’s coach is Sandy MacPherson, an Entrepreneur In Residence (EIR) at Launch Lab. “The peer-sharing difference makes one plus one equal three,” he stated. Or more accurately, 300. Since Launch Lab formed the peer group in 2018 with Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corp., participating companies have seen sales revenue grow 300%, backed by…

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rND Bakery Rises With Gluten-free Breads Offering Substance and Science

When he started his one-man bakery in 2013, Will Spencer had three goals. He wanted to make high-quality, high-nutrition bread for people with food allergies. He wanted to develop relationships with farmers to source grains locally. And he wanted to work with other scientists to create grains that can thrive in Eastern Ontario’s unforgiving climate….

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iKare.Med aims for $9M in revenue

Today, in addition to leading a medical devices and e-commerce retail startup, Cornwall’s Karen Brunet trains for and competes in triathlons and rides horses. Not bad for someone who suffered from a series of misdiagnosed medical issues since she was 12 including endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, followed by multiple surgeries to treat these in her…

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Digital Main Street’s ShopHERE powered by Google to Help 3,200 Small Businesses in Ottawa and Southeastern Ontario Sell Online

OTTAWA [July 13, 2020] ​– Digital Main Street (DMS), Invest Ottawa, the City of Ottawa and Launch Lab are pleased to announce the formal launch of ShopHERE powered by Google in Ottawa and Southeastern Ontario. This program will help 3,200 main street businesses impacted by COVID-19 across the region develop new e-commerce websites with the support…

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RockMass Technologies Digs Deeper for Global Growth in Mining Industry

“The RockMass journey started in Kingston at the Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative in 2016,” said Gubasta. “The 14-week intensive summer program allowed us to explore entrepreneurship while reducing the initial risk through a paid stipend. In the first week of the program, I met my co-founder Shelby Yee and it wasn’t long before we…

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Invest Ottawa to Deliver New Digital Main Street Program to Help Future-Proof 4,100 Small Businesses

Launch Lab is excited to participate as a key member of the New Digital Main Street Program to Help Future-Proof 4,100 Small Businesses in Canada’s Capital and Southeastern Ontario. Read more on what this means to businesses across the Launch Lab region. More details to come! Ottawa, Ontario – June 11, 2020: Invest Ottawa, lead economic development…

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