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💼 Careers | Program Coordinator at Innovacorp | Ocean Start-Up Project

Innovacorp is seeking a bright, self-motivated and energetic individual for the role of program coordinator focused on the Ocean Start-Up Project.

The Ocean Start-Up Project is a pan-Atlantic collaboration of Creation Destruction Lab (CDL), Genesis, Innovacorp, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, PEI BioAlliance, and Springboard Atlantic. The vision is to build a world-class innovation ecosystem for ocean technology start-ups.

The Ocean Start-Up Project is an 18 to 24-month strategy to create and grow ocean technology companies. It focuses on funnel development (year 1) and acceleration (year 2). Funnel development activities include industry innovation and technology problem identification; engage cafés and bootcamps; an industry innovation and technology competition; a university lab-to-market initiative; and CDL’s ocean stream. Acceleration in year two includes accelerator and incubation programs.

An enthusiastic partner in the Ocean Start-Up Project, Innovacorp is Nova Scotia’s early stage venture capital organization. We find, fund and foster innovative Nova Scotia start-ups that strive to change the world. Our goal is to help those start-ups commercialize their technologies and succeed in the global marketplace.

Early stage investment is at the core of Innovacorp’s business model. We also give entrepreneurs access to world-class incubation facilities, expert advice and other support to help accelerate their companies.

Reporting to the executive director of Start-Up Yard at COVE (Innovacorp’s incubator for ocean technology Start-Ups), the program coordinator will assist in the design and delivery of two ocean venture creation activities: The Innovation and Technology Problem Identification initiative and the Innovation and Technology Challenge competition. The program coordinator will play a key role in planning, coordinating and implementing programs, events and competitions surrounding the Ocean Start-Up Project

Organized, detail-oriented and analytical, you are someone who gets totally pumped about pulling off well-executed events and programs that deliver real value to the people who participate in them. You are a confident communicator and natural networker, as comfortable chatting with Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) members and visitors as you are with a company CEO or someone with a Start-Up idea. You instinctively take initiative in all areas of responsibility and possess an entrepreneurial spirit. You know collaboration is essential as you work with the broader ocean innovation ecosystem, your Innovacorp teammates, entrepreneurs, industry representatives, and other groups to help build and deliver the Ocean Start-Up Project.

Supporting the project’s administrative needs, you don’t mind answering a phone, fielding inquiries or making the occasional pot of coffee. Your excellent Microsoft Office skills make it easy for you to accomplish most computer tasks and you can adapt your prior experience to learn new applications and database tools. You are proactive, solution-driven, and generally a versatile and hard worker. And of course, you also have a great attitude!

Job duties include:

As the ideal candidate, you have a business degree or diploma plus three years of related experience and success in organizing initiatives of a large scale. If you’re already familiar with business incubation and acceleration programs or have experience in a start-up or ocean technology environment, that’s a bonus!

Finally, you are honoured to live the Innovacorp values of Respect, Integrity, Cooperation and Excellence.

This role is a 21-month contract.

Please submit your resume and cover letter by midnight on Friday, November 22, 2019, via email to and in the subject line please quote Competition #2019-07.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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