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Start-up experience

The Start-Up Experience gives motivated graduate students the chance to gain experience in a health or life-science start-up in Halifax. This allows graduate students to gain experience outside of their academic research, prepares them for future job opportunities, and makes them more competitive when applying for jobs. Placements are 4-months (with the option of a renewal), and students are  awarded a $1500 bursary for their involvement in the Start-Up Experience program.

Participating Start-Ups

Electric Puppets - Virtual Reality In Practice™


Electric Puppets is a software company that offers a patent pending suite of tools that can be used in medical assessment and research.  Our software works on standard Virtual Reality hardware available to consumers.  Our initial solution is directed at vision assessment, and we are currently involved in a number of research projects to establish parity between gold standard testing and virtual reality based versions of the same tests.  We are actively working with a local children’s hospital to run these research projects and are actively seeking additional projects.  We consist of a large ecosystem of experts in diverse domains to achieve our goal of a home based, easy to use medical assessment and research tool using consumer accessible VR hardware.  We are a registered Class 1 medical device establishment with Health Canada and based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


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Tranquility Online provides internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, helping people with anxiety and depression.  Tranquility's service also includes virtual coaching to help support their clients through their journey.



ProtoKinetix is a molecular biotechnology company that has developed and patented a family of hyper stable, potent glycopeptides (AAGP®) that enhance both engraftment and protection of transplanted cells, tissues and organs used in regenerative medicine. Due to the results achieved over the last four years of testing, the University of Alberta has begun Phase 1 human clinical trials. Additional studies will be expanded to include whole organ transplantation and all therapies that are being developed globally to date; diabetes, and retinal degeneration for example.

BlueLight Analytics


Bluelight takes a data-driven approach to restorative dentistry to provide dentists with clinical insights that help them deliver great patient care and perform restorations that last. With our extensivedatabase of 133,000+ light curing tests spanning 29,000+ dental clinics, we have a deep understanding of the relationship between curing lights and the materials they cure. We are committed to putting that data to work on behalf of dentists and helping them deliver great smiles, every day.

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Ready to apply? Check out the job posting, and instructions on how to apply, here.

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