NATI (Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries) is the voice of the technology sector for our province. Since its inception in 1991, NATI has experienced steady growth and heightened recognition. NATI adds value and enhances export opportunities for the advanced technology sector. To achieve the objectives of industry and realize opportunities, NATI thinks and behaves like a business, identifying needs and delivering results through value-added services that assist the NL technology sector in achieving their corporate goals.

NATI is innovative, dynamic and adaptive; NATI is and continues to be evolutionary or revolutionary, depending on the factors at large and the increasing needs of NL business.



TEDxStJohns is the official TEDx city license holder for St. John’s. For five years, TEDxStJohns and TEDxYouth@StJohns events have featured speakers from a variety of industries and fields, including arts and entertainment, business, health care, technology, human rights, and so on.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

TEDxStJohns is currently focusing on delivering exceptional TEDxYouth events, offering the TED stage and training to young Newfoundlanders and Labradorians between the ages of 12-25. Visit for more information.


College of the North Atlantic (CNA)

Newfoundland and Labrador’s public college – one of the largest post-secondary educational and skills training centres in Atlantic Canada, with a history dating back nearly 50 years. CNA has 17 campus locations throughout NL and one in the Middle East State of Qatar.

CNA offers an impressive world-class, nationally accredited range of programming that meets the highest demands of industry, transferability opportunities that promote continuing education at home and abroad, research and development leadership in community and regional innovation, and precedent-setting international partnerships.


Genesis Centre

The Genesis Centre is a division of Genesis Group Inc., the technology commercialization arm of Memorial University. The Genesis Centre operates as a support network for technology-based ventures that have high-growth potential, and are seeking business guidance and capital.

It helps selected enterprises gain access to the marketing, finance and management expertise of world-class mentors and advisory board members. It also connects entrepreneurs to the scientific, technical and business expertise available at Memorial University.

By helping these entrepreneurs implement effective advisory boards, develop comprehensive business plans and build capable management teams, the centre prepares promising ventures for private investment.



The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) is a not-for-profit association of businesses that promotes the growth and development of the environmental industry in NL.

With over 150 members, NEIA is NL’s premier resource for the environmental sector, offering a diverse range of expert knowledge and services in the business of mitigating and minimizing environmental damage, for the protection of the environment.


St. John’s Board of Trade

Accredited nationally with distinction, the St. John’s Board of Trade is a non-partisan, business advocacy organization that is the principal voice of business for 900 members in the St. John’s area. Its mission is to improve the local business climate, enhancing its members’ ability to do business through advocacy and member services.


Common Ground

Common Ground is fresh new way for entrepreneurs, creatives and freelancers to work in St. John’s. This newly open co-working space is a hub for all the big-thinkers, deep-dreamers, and go-getters. It’s the destination for smart, creative people who would rather work in a community than a company.


Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur Canada (formerly the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, or CYBF) has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for nearly two decades. We are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Our internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors.

Futurpreneur Canada is a founding member of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, the Canadian member of Youth Business International, and the Canadian host of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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Research and Development Corporation (RDC)

RDC is a provincial Crown corporation responsible for improving Newfoundland and Labrador’s research and development performance. RDC works with research and development stakeholders including business, academia and government agencies and departments to make strategic investments in highly qualified people, R&D infrastructure and innovative research.


EXCITE Corporation

EXCITE Corporation is the not-for-profit business development unit of the town of Grand Falls-Windsor. It works to attract new business, investment and talent to the area by promoting the competitive advantages of the town locally and to the world.


Propel ICT

Propel ICT is a mentorship based “accelerator” – an organization that works with companies through its program to help them grow and expand their product offering. Propel ICT is a private-sector lead initiative and draws upon the expertise of volunteer mentors to provide guidance to companies and entrepreneurs. Propel ICT began in New Brunswick and has expanded to include all of Atlantic Canada. In the last three years, Propel ICT has helped 49 companies move through the program.



OceansAdvance is the voice of the Newfoundland and Labrador Ocean Technology Innovation Cluster.


Memorial University Centre for Social Enterprise

A collaboration between the Faculty of Business Administration and the School of Social Work, Memorial’s Centre for Social Enterprise acts as a catalyst to nurture social entrepreneurs and strengthen social enterprises in Newfoundland and Labrador. The centre works within the social entrepreneurial ecosystem to create linkages among students, faculty, community, and company leaders for networking and mentorship opportunities. It’s a platform to support creative linkages between academic disciplines to nurture innovation in social entrepreneurship.


Memorial University Centre for Entrepreneurship

The Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship (MCE) is a campus-wide Centre of Memorial University in St. John’s promoting entrepreneurship, supporting students, faculty, and staff in the development of their startup idea and contributing to the development of an attractive entrepreneurial ecosystem. The MCE is the starting point for any MUN student, faculty or staff member interested in entrepreneurship.



NSERC aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. NSERC researchers are on the vanguard of science, building on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence.


Ladies Learning Code

Ladies Learning Code is a Canada-wide not-for-profit organization that runs workshops for women and youth who want to learn beginner-friendly computer programming and other technical skills in a social and collaborative way. Today they have 22 chapters (and counting) across Canada, a thriving girls’ program called Girls Learning Code and co-ed kids program called Kids Learning Code and a big goal to teach 200,000 Canadian women and youth to code by 2020. With sponsors and community partners that include TELUS, Microsoft, Facebook, Scotiabank, Google and many more, Ladies Learning Code has become synonymous with technology education in Canada.


Office of Applied Research, College of the North Atlantic

The Office of Applied Research serves as one of the college’s main points of contact for industry, government, and community groups interested in research collaborations and outreach activities. The Office offers broad support to their faculty researchers as well as to our communities, businesses and industries in fostering a culture of innovation, creativity and prosperity. The office also serves as a coordinator between the college and other innovation players in the province including academia, business, industry and public sector to promote research and innovation geared toward provincial economic priorities.

Established in 2004, the Office of Applied Research works under the Industry and Community Engagement Division. With a demonstrated strength in certain academic areas such as; engineering technology, physical sciences, trades, business & IT, social sciences and university transfer disciplines, the college furnishes the necessary building blocks for a strong applied research and innovation program.


Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI) – Marine Institute

The Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI) gives the fishing, seafood and aquaculture industry easy access to the scientific and technological facilities and expertise of Memorial University in order to solve problems and take advantage of opportunities. The objective is to help industry’s efforts to boost its productivity and profitability.

Since its beginnings in 1989, the Centre has completed over 900 fishery-related research and development projects for industry, employing university and college personnel and facilities. The total value of this research activity is estimated at over $100 million, not including revenue generated from project results.

CCFI is owned by Memorial University (, funded by government and directed by industry.

CCFI’s structure ensures a mix of knowledge, drive and focus that promotes the development of industrial innovations. The Centre is financially supported by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, while its board of directors comes from industry and the University. The University provides CCFI with preferential access to its research facilities and expertise to conduct its applied research projects for industry.


Special Thanks to: ACOA

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency works to create opportunities for economic growth in Atlantic Canada by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive, by working with diverse communities to develop and diversify local economies, and by championing the strengths of Atlantic Canada. Together, with Atlantic Canadians, we are building a stronger economy.


Special Thanks to: Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

The vision of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation (TCII) is of a vibrant, diverse and sustainable economy, with productive, prosperous and culturally-rich communities and regions, making Newfoundland and Labrador a business and tourism “destination of choice”.

The Department is the lead for the economic, culture, and innovation agenda of the Provincial Government. We provide insight, intelligence, innovation, and investment services for businesses and communities to create a strong, vibrant business community and regional economies. While TCII plays a prominent role in developing tools and programs to assist businesses and its clients, it is the investment, effort, partnerships and collaboration, and risk undertaken by enterprises and their employees that lead to wealth generation.

TCII is also one of the province’s largest operators of tourism, culture and heritage facilities including Arts and Culture Centres, Provincial Historic Sites, and Visitor Information Centres, many of which are located in rural areas of the province. They provide important sources of employment, act as regional tourism anchor attractions, and are centers for community outreach, engagement and development. In this province, rural economic development has significantly been fueled by tourism development and the Department continues to partner with stakeholders in this sector to create new business and employment opportunities.

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