Immediate Release: March 19, 2018
Startup Weekend Finalist Pitching to City Council
FREDERICTON, N.B. - At Fredericton’s most recent Startup Weekend, an event that attracted over 60 local innovators to the Ville Cooperative - Fredericton’s holistic community centre - the City of Fredericton partnered with the weekend’s organizing committee to encourage entrepreneurs to create game-changing solutions to combat civic challenges. The city provided a list of pain points, gave open access to data sets, and supplied subject matter experts to help participants foster ideas that could positively impact the Fredericton community. After only 54 hours, Amplify took first place. As a result of the event Amplify, a mobile application that allows users to spot and report issues around the city, will be given the opportunity to present their idea to city council.
The collaborative effort between the municipal government and Startup Weekend, a global initiative that works to promote entrepreneurialism, was the first of its kind. “The weekend was an excellent example of successful collaboration between the entrepreneurial community and our city. The city, with its Digital Fredericton initiative, is looking for entrepreneurs and innovators to help them improve community life for our citizens, and this event was full of entrepreneurs looking to pitch ideas that had social impact,” said Norm Couturier, Chair of Startup Fredericton, “and the result was a relevant solution that the city could actually use.”
Startup Weekend creates a safe-haven for visionaries to share their ideas amongst like-minded individuals, and provides entrepreneurs access to the necessary resources needed to bring their idea to life. This year’s event was especially timely due to the launch of Digital Fredericton, an initiative put in place to transform the way government operations work internally to improve quality of life for residents. Together, the pair were able to connect idea generators with real-life community challenges and as such, Amplify was born.
We invite members of the community to join us this evening at City Hall, March 19, 7:00 p.m., for the official pitch.