Future bright for Halifax’s tech, startup scene

October 13, 2015

The growing tech and startup scene in Halifax, Nova Scotia, makes the provincial capital the ideal place for both entrepreneurs eager to set up shop and owners of already-existing companies looking to go into business with like-minded individuals. In fact, the most recent edition of the Halifax Partnership’s Halifax Index described the tech startup community in the city as “the most vibrant in the region” and went on to note that it is helping kick-start economic growth in the area.

“Halifax’s tech and startup scene is already a force to be reckoned with.”

The Index’s special analysis of the Halifax startup community (of which 59 per cent of businesses belong to the IT sector) revealed just how much of a positive impact startups have had on the province. According to the Halifax Partnership, the startup community is responsible for the direct creation of approximately 1,400 jobs in and around Halifax, and each tech job adds five indirect jobs to the labor force. To put it simply, Halifax’s tech and startup scene is already a force to be reckoned with – and it’s expanding all the time.

Lixar, which has offices in Halifax and Ottawa and provides big data, cloud, mobile and specialized design services within the air, auto, telecom and travel sectors, recently became part of just one example of a Haligonian tech collaboration. The company recently joined forces with ClearPicture Corporation, an online survey and software development business in Halifax, to work on – and ultimately launch – a mobile application. The ClearPicture and Lixar partnership success story is by no means the only one of its kind in the area, but it serves to illustrate what local businesses can do.

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