Truro, NS – Innovacorp is Nova Scotia’s early stage venture capital organization focused on investment and support for innovative technology start-up companies.
Ulnooweg Development Group has been providing loans and business services to Indigenous business enterprises and entrepreneurs throughout Atlantic Canada since 1986.
Chris Googoo, Ulnooweg’s Chief Operating Office has recently been appointed to the Innovacorp Board of Directors. “The synergies between the two organizations are extraordinary and open the door for a more collaborative approach to nurturing Indigenous entrepreneurial talent” says Googoo.
As an advocate for Indigenous entrepreneurs and support to youth enabling them to develop skills for careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), Ulnooweg sees this collaboration as an important opportunity for both organizations from several perspectives, including demography. “At a time when the demography of Atlantic Canada and Nova Scotia is so challenging, the Indigenous community can be an important source of talent.” says Googoo.
This collaboration with Innovacorp means that the impact of both organizations can be amplified at a time when there is a strong national interest in forging a new relationship and reconciliation with Canada’s First Peoples.
Googoo is enthusiastic about this opportunity to join Innovacorp’s board. “I am excited to join the Innovacorp Board. I believe that supporting new and growing enterprises, including Indigenous entrepreneurs, in the fields of IT, life sciences, clean technology and ocean technology – Innovacorp’s target sectors – will make Nova Scotia more competitive in attracting talent and investment.”
Innovacorp Board Chair Rodney Burgar is equally enthusiastic about this appointment. “We are pleased to welcome Mr. Googoo to our Board. We want to embrace Indigenous entrepreneurship and Chris’ experience and commitment to advancing economic growth within Atlantic Canada will benefit Innovacorp’s internal team, as well as our clients”.
Federal funding was recently announced for a unique province-wide Federal educational initiative, led by Ulnooweg, which will deliver qualitative digital learning, resources and programming to children and youth in every Mi’kmaq community across Nova Scotia.
For more information contact:
Communications Officer, Ulnooweg Development Group
Phone: (902) 893-7379 / E-mail: amcmullin [at] ulnooweg [dot] ca