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Five immigrant-led businesses have emerged from the first Creative Hub incubator program with valuable experience and business resource support to help them grow their plans into a successful business.

Loomee App, Essential Recruits, Roasted Coffee Inc., Haligone Inc., and Meddai Medical Inc. all had the opportunity to pitch their concepts to a panel of industry representatives to receive feedback and suggestions on how to take their business plans to the next level.

“We are excited and pleased we were able to assist these five businesses in getting their plans off the ground,” says Jerisa Haque, community manager and program lead for Creative Hub. “We hope to see these businesses become vibrant members of the business community and maybe, someday, even Hub members.”

Each company will also receive additional support in the form of business resources to assist them in implementing the advice received via the program.

Unfortunately, none of the five qualified for the full $25,000 offered by the program. Creative Hub is planning to reopen the program to new submissions in January 2023 in search of a beneficiary for the program’s full assistance.

“Even though we didn’t find a recipient for the full assistance we offer, we believe the first outing of the incubator program to be a success,” says Ifeanyi Emesih, founder and CEO of My East Coast Experience Media and Creative Hub. “The experience gained by each of our participants will allow them to proceed to the next stage of their development. We will open the program to a new group of immigrant-led companies in 2023 and hopefully foster their growth as well.”

Creative Hub’s incubator program launched in Summer 2022 and is the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada. Its goal is to identify an immigrant-owned start-up that it can help grow with the assistance of $25,000 worth of business resources. The start-up also has access to one year of coworking at Creative Hub and the ability to tap into the Hub’s in-house resources and partners.

Launched in February 2022, Creative Hub is the first collaborative space of its kind in Halifax Regional Municipality. The core goal of Creative Hub is to bring communities and ideas together in the true spirit of collaboration and innovation. The vision is to cultivate a collaborative network that allows communities to develop and prosper together.

The Hub delivers programs and provides business resources that help businesses scale up and remain competitive in the marketplace. Hub members and the wider business community can access business resources depending on the areas their business needs support in.

Creative Hub also hosts events such as networking, lunch and learns, seminars, and a speaker series to enrich both members’ experience and the wider business community. It will also soon offer diversity and inclusion training.

Ken Partidge

Ken Partridge is a contributor at My East Coast Experience Media. He is a 34-year veteran of the Halifax journalism scene and worked at both the local and national levels to help provide better resources for journalists.

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