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Rural Innovation District

Rural Innovation District

Business innovation fund for mainland rural Nova Scotia

The Rural Innovation District helps businesses and community groups develop innovative products and services.

We see innovation as new or better ways of creating significant value. We want to work with you to build an innovation ecosystem that supports the makers, builders and creators of mainland rural Nova Scotia.

Our goals

The goals of the Rural Innovation District are simple. We want to:

  1. Increase the number of business start-ups in rural mainland Nova Scotia.
  2. Increase the number of inventions and inventive ideas through research and development activities for businesses in rural mainland Nova Scotia.
  3. Increase opportunities for entrepreneurial awareness and skills development for rural mainland Nova Scotians.


Janet Specht, Project Director
Rural Innovation District, NSCC
O. 902-690-2184

The Rural Innovation District is part of a provincial initiative involving NSCC, Dalhousie University, Halifax Partnership, Cape Breton Partnership, Cape Breton University and the province of Nova Scotia.