December 2022 Newsletter


Navigate’s upcoming events and opportunities

Other events and opportunities

In case you missed it: Jose Lam 2022 Startup Event & Rural Design Conference recap

Calling all mentors!

How to connect with us!


The holidays are here! Let’s celebrate!

Navigate and the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade would like to invite you to a festive coffee mixer in honour of you – our local entrepreneurs!

When: December 14 from 11am-1pm
Where: At the new Centre for Research and Innovation Building! (The newly renovated white building just across the street from the mill at 2 Mill Road.)

Join us for coffee, hot cocoa, finger foods and treats!

A huge thank you to Digital Advertising Solutions for joining us as an event sponsor!

Announcing the next Navigate Entrepreneur Internship Program!

Receive a $3000 stipend to help support you on your startup journey!

Applications now open!
Navigate Entrepreneur Internship Program 2022/23
Deadline to apply is December 11.
Internships start in January.

Navigate is accepting applications for a limited number of Entrepreneur Internship positions. This initiative will provide financial resources, support and guidance to students with a viable business plan to develop their business idea while still in school or just graduating. Must be a student of MUN Grenfell Campus or CNA Corner Brook Campus to be eligible.
Ready to forge your own career path? Want to be your own boss?
Apply now for one of our entrepreneur internship positions to help you start your own business!
As an entrepreneur intern, you will:

– Work on your business idea with the dedicated support and guidance of mentors and advisors
– Connect with a network of peers and key ecosystem players
– Have flexible hours to work on your business idea while pursuing your studies
– Receive a $3000 stipend to help support you on your startup journey
– Connect with potential customers
– Complete an 8-week internship during which time you will work with Navigate advisors to develop and refine your business idea

Program requirements:

– Minimum commitment of 15 hours per week working on your business
– Weekly meetings with the Navigate Manager to set goals and discuss progress
– Attend team meetings and meet with mentors
– Disbursement of funding is contingent upon program completion

Experience Ventures presents the 2023 Experience Ventures Ideathon – Hacking Ocean Waste & Sustainability

Save the Date! FEB 3-5, 2023

This will be a two-and-a-half-day hybrid event linking St. John’s and Corner Brook hosted in partnership between MCE Experience Ventures, MUN Student Design Hub, Grenfell Campus, Centre for Research and Innovation, and Navigate.

Registration links and details to follow. Stay tuned!


Economic Recovery Growth Symposium
January 26, 2023 | Corner Brook

Join NLOWE for a day of engaging conversations with a panel of entrepreneurs, stakeholders and industry experts. This Symposium will focus on women in business, regional successes, and challenges as we move forward with economic recovery and growth from the Pandemic.

Date & Time:
January 26, 2023, 9AM – 4PM | Glynmill Inn, Cobb Lane, Corner Brook

Symposium Themes:
·     Finding Opportunities: Growing your business and regional opportunities.
·     Workplace Evolution: Examining strengths and challenges in a new age of workplace culture.
·     Monetizing Your Story: Turning your experiences into a profitable business.
·     Show Me the Money: Exploring regional funding opportunities.

8:30 A.M – Coffee / Registration
12:00 P.M – Lunch
4:00 P.M – Closing

Member: $25             Non-member: $50

Lunch & refreshments included. For more information about our panelists please visit

Trying to figure out what to buy for the upcoming holiday season?  Need some help with gift ideas?  Want to support local businesses??

This is a time to celebrate our Partnership and the small businesses we’ve helped launch together by promoting gifts that give back! Your support makes it possible for diverse young entrepreneurs across Canada to turn their dreams into reality. We are delighted to invite you to get to know the small businesses you’ve helped to support by browsing Futurpreneur’s 2022 Holiday Shopping Guide.

ACTivate – Activating Community Tourism! 

ACTivate is an innovative community development program that is being co-created by GMIST and the Coady Institute at St. Francis Xavier University.  The application process is open and details can be found on the GMIST website,  This program is designed for community leaders and change makers who are passionate about working with citizens in their communities and is open to participants in multiple sectors!

There will be two online information sessions, one on December 1 and one on December 14.
Talking Website TITLE TAGS
Date: December 14, 2022
Time: 10:20 – 10:30 am

Some Books Are Judged By Their Covers!
Website Title Tags are created in the backend, and they can really help your page show up.

Alison Knott of Alison Knott Consulting will be our special guest. She knows all the little bits of magic, and she’s a great sharer.

Digital Is DoAble is free, fun, and a gift from Guide to the Good to help local companies thrive online, so our communities flourish. It’s part of the Let’s Get Digital Project.

Catch the livestream around 10:20 the second Wednesday of the month from the Digital Is DoAble facebook group.

Futurpreneur is hosting an upcoming Virtual Presentation on the topic of Intellectual Property with Mr. Andre Gallant of CIPO (the Canadian Intellectual Property Office).

Date: Wed. Dec. 14th
Time: 2:30 – 4 pm

In this session, Andre will discuss types of IP, tips, helpful IP resources and answer any questions you might have. If you want to learn more about CIPO and the differences between trademarks, patents, copyright, industrial designs and trade secrets, please join us on Dec 14th! No need to register.

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 873 3472 1699
Passcode: 381948

The Insight Business Consulting Program matches start-up companies with full-time MBA students to assist with projects. The program will provide companies with creative solutions, new insights, knowledge, and resources. Students will gain real-world experience and industry connections.

This program is free for start-up companies, and MBA students will receive a $4,500/semester fellowship. Applications for the winter semester are due Monday, January 16th, 2023 at 3 p.m.

Read this article to hear how your peers have benefited from this program. You can also learn more about our exciting new program partner, Rolene Pryor, senior consultant with Barrington Consulting here.

For more information and to apply, please check out the Research Innovation Office’s website or email

WOWO Asian Home-style Cooking is opening an express option

WOWO EXPRESS ➡️ will officially open this Friday December 2nd. Follow them to keep up with all the news.

WOWO Express ➡️ is a Grab & Go cafe located at the very centre of West Street, Corner Brook. All of WOWO’s best sellers will all be available at the Express branch.

This is very exciting especially for people on the go who have limited time to wait for a good meal.

Initial cafe hours.
Monday to Saturday
10:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday – Closed (Tentatively)
Dine-in and Take-out.


We would like to take this opportunity to extend our deepest thanks to the many individuals who played a role in making the third annual Dr. Jose Lam Startup Event a huge success!

Firstly, thank you to the many brave participants who showed up and threw their business idea into the ring! Congratulations on a job well done!

A big round of applause to the winning team, Ugly Sticks, who took first place, and runner up, Clean and Fresh, as well as to the other teams who competed: Into the Woods, The Spot, Don’t Do It, and Neat Freaks. You all had fantastic pitches and great ideas that we look forward to helping you pursue.

A huge expression of gratitude to our generous event prize sponsors:

  • $1250 cash prize donation from the GCBBT Business Excellence Awards Gala cake auction
  • $500 value branding and marketing package from User-friendly Website Design
  • A guided kayaking tour for four from Saltbox and Everoutdoor Adventures
A very big thank you as well to our program funders: ACOA and IET. It is your generous contribution that makes events like this possible.

Next, a huge thank you to our mentors who graciously volunteered their time to guide our participants through the startup and pitch process:
Rob Thomas (Qalipu), Dr. Ken Carter (Grenfell Office of Engagement and Research), Mark Tierney (ACOA), Linda Spingle (IENL/Study & Stay), Ashley Pomeroy (NLOWE), Dustin Parsons (Marble Mountain & Steady Entertainment), pitch coach Carole Spicer (Spicer Facilitation and Learning), and to Julia Allingham (Saucy Newfoundland Co.) who intended on joining as a judge, but who got excited about an idea on Friday evening and decided to join a team instead. The entrepreneurial spark is contagious!

Many thanks to our judges Carla May (NLOWE), Denise Gibbons (CNA and Navigate Board Member), and Darin Brooks (CNA) for taking on the task of deliberating and choosing the pitch winners. The scoring was close!

And last, but not least, a big thank you to our fearless facilitator, Dr. Billy Newell (Grenfell Faculty of Business) for his great energy and guidance throughout the weekend, to Charlene Connors (Extended Learning Program Developer) for her excellent event management and organizational skills, and to Aaron Crossley and Ed Johnson (Grenfell ITS) for their tech support, to Roshayne Mendis for her help and dedication with pre-event planning and organizing, to our student volunteers, to Facilities Management, and to Sprout Marketing for their event promo and social media support throughout the weekend. This event would not have been such a success without the many hands who made it all possible!

Can I get a Yes Way, Jose?!

Thank you all for helping to make the third annual Dr. Jose Lam Startup Event a tremendous success! We look forward to seeing you all again next year!


Rural Design Conference held at new Centre for Research and Innovation

Rural Design Conference was recently hosted in the innovation space of the Centre for Research and Innovation (CRI) in Corner Brook. The CRI is a collaborative project of Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, the City of Corner Brook and the Corner Brook Campus on College of the North Atlantic. Navigate will operate a makerspace in the centre.

The event, which took place Oct. 24-25, featured keynotes and hands-on skills building activities. It was also an opportunity for participants to interact with designers and the design-curious from across Canada and beyond who are poised to shape the field and who are curious about the opportunity for greater impact in rural areas.

“Rural design is an emerging field that we are building together,” said organizer Dr. Todd Hennessey. “What better place than Newfoundland and Labrador to launch this discussion and this network?”

The conference covered:

1) The current state of the rural design field

2) How rural areas might gain value from designers

3) How to work with design firms to support and build capacity in rural areas

“Design firms across the country also hosted their own local events and engaged with rural communities, so we were part of a larger conversation taking place across the continent that day,” said Dr. Hennessey.

For more information about the conference, visit:

Navigate is recruiting mentors!

Eligibility Criteria and Expectations:

  • Looking for mentors with 5+ years entrepreneurship experience or 10+ years corporate experience in a pivotal role
  • Available to work with an entrepreneur mentee for a minimum of 4 hours per month
  • Willing to work with a mentee to set goals and expectations in addition to providing knowledge, advice, networking connections, etc.
  • Agree to provide feedback and updates to Navigate Manager on the progress of the mentee and goals and targets attained
For more information, contact Allison Rowe at to become a mentor with Navigate.
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