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Action-Packed Day of Practical Learning!

Coming Soon in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Startup Empire is slated for 2017 - bringing the most exciting speaker line-up the conference has ever seen.…bigger venue and more collisions with other founders and investors!

Startup Empire will now coincide with Volta’s fourth anniversary. Can you say, After-party?!

Stay tuned for exciting speaker details on Startup Empire coming this December.

Attendees of the Startup Empire will hear ideas and best-practice strategies that drive growth-oriented startups forward. You will get a chance to hear, learn from and be inspired by some of the brightest names in the industry.

Growth Oriented

This is not a "feel-good" conference. The conference will focus on practical applications of growth and scaling for early stage startups. You will hear how successful founders grew their companies through effective sales processes and how to scale your team while managing the sales process. Startup story's worth hearing.

Office Hours

Take advantage of the one-to-one meetings with our speakers and experienced entrepreneurs who will be available on site to help you with your startup problems. The Clarity lounge will be available with quick access to some of the smartest people in the industry.

Startup Showcase

Some of the most promising Atlantic Canadian Startups will showcase their products on-stage. This is great chance to meet some of the Atlantic Canadian most promising companies.

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Hear first-hand what it takes to get to the next level!

​​​Speakers​ ​​at Startup Empire discuss diverse topics to help companies determine what stage in the startup lifecycle they are in and how to move forward!

​Previous Startup Empire Speakers


This year Startup Empire is split into 2 parts to reflect the stages our community: How to survive when you’re strapped for cash, and how to grow once you have funding resources or revenue.

This is a one-day-hit-it-home for founders event, so we’re staying true to our grassroots style and filling the room with the people who need to hear these stories the most. The first two years of Startup Empire we filled a 300 seat theatre with Founders, and aspiring student entrepreneurs, and this year it's going to be even bigger!

We’re also excited to showcase 4 up-and-coming startups that have never hit the stage….4 new companies - 5 minutes each, no pitching. Just cool new local products being showcased, with 2 meaningful questions from the audience after each one.

Registration and Breakfast

Welcome and Opening Notes

David Alston

Jevon MacDonald

Startup Showcase 1


Talk 1

Anna Foat

Talk 2

Marcel LeBrun

Startup Showcase 2



Talk 3

Howard Lindzon


Talk 4

Kyle Racki

Talk 5

Rob Cromwell

Startup Showcase 3


Talk 6

Thomas Rankin


Startup Showcase 4

Swell Advantage


Moderated by Dawn Umlah

Talk 7

Michael Donovan

Wrap Up

David Alston


Durty Nelly's

Immerse into Startups

  • Talks from previous years

    Videos from last year

    Last year's event

    Last Year

    Startup Empire provided attendees the chance to hear, learn from and be inspired by some of the brightest names in the industry. Missed last year? Watch the videos and see for yourself.

  • One on ones with speakers

    One on one meetings


    Conference Lobby

    Have one-to-one meetings with entrepreneurs, Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists that will be available on site to help you with your startup questions.

  • Maritime Afterparty

    Startup Networking

    jQuery Master Class

    Durty Nelly's

    Join us at the end of the day at Durty Nelly’s, an Authentic Irish Pub completely designed and built in Ireland! Pub is within walking distance from the conference. More info at durtynellys.ca


Startup Empire Will Be Held In

Halifax, NS, Canada

Getting Here

Air Travel

Airport Car Service (Taxi/limo): It costs a flat rate of $63.00 one way to get into downtown Halifax.

Airport Express: The Maritime express airport shuttle between Halifax Stanfield International Airport and downtown Halifax. It stops at some of the main hotels and accommodations in Dartmouth and Halifax. It costs $22.00 one way or $40.00 for a round trip.

MetroX (public transportation bus): The #320 bus travels from the airport directly to downtown Halifax. It costs $3.50 and runs every 30 minutes during peak hours and every hour the rest of the time.

By Car

Car Rentals: Cars rentals are conveniently located at the lower level of the Airport Parkade. To drive to downtown Halifax, take the NS 102 toward Halifax, Dartmouth. Drive for about 11 km then keep left on NS-118 after about 19 km turn left onto Victoria Road. At Nantucket Avenue turn right and head over the Angus L MacDonald Bridge. There is a $1.00 toll here so have a loonie handy.

Travel Notes

Maritime Bus provides a passenger service across Atlantic Canada and Quebec. There are many bus/coach tours with stays in Halifax. Popular providers include Atlantic Tours and Ambassatours.

VIA Rail Canada offers trans-continental connection with Western Canadian cities, and some US destinations. You can reach Halifax from Montreal by train overnight.

Uber operates in Halifax! If you need to get around in the city, this is an easy, hassle free way of exploring.

Busing is an economical and easy way to get around and navigate Downtown Halifax. The #1 travels along Spring Garden Road and stops at most of the major places in the downtown core from The Halifax Shopping Centre, to the doorstep of Volta, down by the water and even over to Dartmouth. Buses are frequent and cost $2.50.

Featured Hotel

The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

1515 South Park St.
Phone: 902 423 4444

Previous Years’ Sponsors

Our sponsors and supporters make Startup Empire possible.

If you are interested in sponsoring Startup Empire contact us using one of the methods on the bottom of the page.


Get in touch

Contact us with any questions you might have and we will get back to you within 24h.

Contact info

You can also contact us for sponsorship oportunities, media inquiries and group ticket bookings using one of the following methods:

Inqueries: +1 902 880 8341

Tickets and Media: +1 902 702 0194