Canadian utility unveils Makerspace initiative for local startups

Nova Scotia Power has partnered with Innovacorp to launch the Makerspace initiative to promote technology startups in Cape Broton.

The aim is to inspire innovation and encourage opportunities for economic development.

The initiative will ensure Cape Breton start-ups, entrepreneurs and students have a new place to grow their ideas, collaborate and bring innovative products to life.

Nova Scotia Power has contributed $250,000 towards the development and operation of Makerspace.

Makerspace includes a general work area, library, a metal working shop, a selection of woodworking tools, and an electronics/robotics lab with 3D drawing and printing abilities.

Stewart Whynott, senior plant manager of Cape Breton s Lingan Generating Station, said: “I believe the Makerspace provides a great opportunity for local entrepreneurs to work on prototype ideas with minimal investment.

 “Hopefully this will lead to small businesses supplying goods to market, creating jobs and spurring growth in the Cape Breton economy.”

Bob Pelley, Innovacorp’s regional manager for Cape Breton and Northern Nova Scotia, added: “If you look at the history of Cape Breton, you’ll see great creativity and shining examples of places where people could gather to build things.

“Today, if you’re looking for a place to design and build something great, the Nova Scotia Power Makerspace will provide you with the inspiration, space, equipment, materials and education to get it done.”

More information regarding membership details and rates for use of the Nova Scotia Power Makerspace can be found at: