Have an idea?

We are partnering with our friends at Mashup Lab to host a series of virtual ‘IDEA GENERATING’ workshops and events from Sept 2020-February 2021.  If you live in the Truro Colchester region and have an idea for a new business, product or service, check out our Mashup Lab events!

Wisdom of the Crowd

Entrepreneurs get five minutes to share a business idea they have been working on OR an opportunity they have been pursuing OR something that they have been struggling with OR anything else they would like feedback or suggestions on.

The entrepreneur poses a question/challenge to the “crowd,” then Mashup Labs facilitates a group brainstorm on ideas, suggestions, advice, resources, connections… or anything else that would be help Entrepreneurs solve their problem or answer their question. Wisdom of the Crowd is normally in person but, due to COVID, sessions will take place online.

Wisdom of the Crowd Schedule: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays @ 12pm
Sept 9 / Sept 23 / Oct 14 / Oct 28 / Nov 11 / Nov 25
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Idea Challenges

Idea Challenge is a five-day challenge for anyone with an idea that needs professional support. It could be an idea for a new product, a new service, a non-profit, a new technology, etc. The idea challenges provide daily challenges, informational video, tools & resources all through a private Facebook Group. Throughout the week, there are live group check-ins. Idea Challenges need 4+ participants to operate.

Idea Challenge Schedule: One week sessions.
Sept 21-25 / Oct 19-23 / Oct 26-30 / Nov 16-20

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Virtual TGI Friday Chats

A bi‐weekly standing 1-hour open “Office Hour” where people with ideas can connect and discuss.  Friendly, chill and informative.  

  • More of a casual group ‘coffee chat’ vibe
  • Less structured / Less formal; semi-facilitated group discussion
  • Sharing of ideas and opportunities
  • Opportunity to connect with other local entrepreneurs and businesses
  • Helps facilitate peer-to-peer mentorship
Virtual Office Hours Schedule: 1st and 3rd Fridays @ 9am
Sept 4 / Sept 18 / Oct 2 / Oct 16 / Nov 6 / Nov 20

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    Idea Coaching 1-on-1 Session

    Some people prefer one-on-one support to flesh out their idea. Mashup Lab provides 45 minute 1-on-1 sessions, providing guidance and support on next steps.  Participants will have the opportunity to:

    • Discuss the business or idea in confidence
    • Review the challenges and obstacles
    • Learn about resources, tools and next steps
    • Make connections with other resources/entrepreneurs that could provide value
    Tuesday Afternoons Beginning Sept 8

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    You can do this! Bring your IDEA forward!
    We can help!

    If you want more information about any of these services, please contact the Truro & Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity (TCPEP) or Mashup Lab.

    Nicole Knickle-Hatt
    Mashup Lab
    Cell: 902.212.2562

    Matthew Berrigan

    Local Business Support

    In follow-up to this program with the Mashup Lab or as a separate business support, our Business Development Officer, Jason Steele, can meet with you one-on-one to discuss your business needs, understand your challenges and plan for growth opportunities. We also help business owners identify barriers to growth and connect them with the people and resources to help them overcome such barriers. Connect with Jason at jason@tcpep.ca