November 2023 Newsletter






Upcoming Navigate Events & OpportunitiesCo-working Spaces Open to the Public! Co-work with Us!Navigate Business Incubator Applications Now Open!Join Our Business Wings 2.0 Mentorship ProgramEntrepreneur Coffee Break and Business Incubator Open HouseMarketing with Passion and Purpose WorkshopNavigate Entrepreneur in Residence Position Coming Soon!Calling all Mentors!Navigate News: And the winners are…Jose Lam Startup Event 2023 WinnersGCBBT Business Excellence Gala Navigate Student Awards


Discover the Future of Productivity Ready to take your business or creative idea to the next level? Say goodbye to the traditional office and hello to the future of co-working!👉 Need a change of scenery?👉 Want a vibrant and inspiring work environment?👉 Ready to boost your productivity?Look no further! Introducing Navigate’s co-working spaces, your new workspace oasis. Take your office off of your kitchen table and into one of our three co-working spaces, located in Corner Brook. It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3:

1. CRI Navigate Business Incubator located on the 2nd floor of the Centre for Research and Innovation, 3 Mill Road

2. Grenfell Navigate Entrepreneurship Centre located in AS2001 off the Arts & Science Atrium at Grenfell Campus, 20 University Drive

3. CNA Navigate Entrepreneurship Centre located room 2001 at the College of the North Atlantic Corner Brook Campus, 141 O’Connell DriveWhy choose Navigate?️ Free Access to Coaching and Programming: Boost your success by joining our startup programs and events.️ High-speed Wi-Fi: Stay connected without interruptions.️ Modern Amenities: Enjoy free coffee, access to meeting rooms, AV equipment, MakerSpaces and more.️ Networking Opportunities: Meet like-minded people including entrepreneurs, innovators, mentors and experts.️ Vibrant Community: Surround yourself with inspiration.️ It’s Fun and it’s Free!Drop in Mondays to Fridays from 9am – 4pm. Open to students and the general public.Join us today, and experience the future of work @ Navigate!

Ready to launch your dream business? Applications NOW OPEN for the Navigate Business Incubator Program!

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur with a brilliant business idea? Looking for the perfect opportunity to turn your dreams into reality? Our Business Incubator is your launching pad to success!What We Offer:️ Tailored Support: One-on-one LeanStack coaching to design, test and grow your startup.️ Expert Mentorship: Guidance from seasoned entrepreneurs and industry experts.️ Access to Funding: Support to secure the capital you need to get started.️ Business Resources: Access to leading-edge tools, resources, and programming.️ Networking: Connection to a community of like-minded entrepreneurs, potential clients and a support ecosystem.️ Inspiration: Collision with visionaries, entrepreneurs and innovators to spark ideas that drive change.️ Free Spaces: Access to free office and coworking spaces, meeting rooms, equipment and more.️ Loads of Fun: Events and activities designed for the next gen of movers, shakers, creators and innovators!

The Navigate Business Incubator is located at the Centre for Research and Innovation, 3 Mill Road, Corner Brook. Join us and become a part of our incubator community, where innovation and success thrive. 

Secure your spot today! Apply now!

Dream big, start strong!

Give your business wings! Join Navigate on November 8th for the launch of the Business Wings 2.0 Program!

Business Wings 2.0 brings together new entrepreneurs and seasoned business professionals in an informal group setting to network, brainstorm and share knowledge and advice. Sessions will aim to address key questions and areas of startup development that every entrepreneur needs to build a thriving business.Benefits of joining:️ Become part of a community dedicated to your success️ Learn how to grow your business from entrepreneurs who have been in your shoes️ Direct access to mentors to ask your burning questions related to your startup️ Advice on how avoid common pitfalls based on actual lived experience️ Engage in great conversation with like-minded entrepreneurs️ Make lasting connections that will help your business now and in the future️ Good food, great company, lots of funWhen? Wed, Nov, 8 from 5:30pm-7:30pmWhere? The Centre for Research and Innovation, 3 Mill Rd, Corner BrookProgram Frequency*: Wednesdays bi-weekly from 5:30pm-7:30pm *Subject to change based on participant feedback.Register Now!

Caffeinate your business! Sip, connect, and thrive.Attention all startups and aspiring entrepreneurs! It’s time to take a break and refuel your entrepreneurial spirit with our Entrepreneur Monthly Coffee Break and Business Incubator Open House. ️ Are you working tirelessly to achieve your goals?️ Need a regular dose of inspiration, networking and caffeine?️ Want to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs?️ Interested in checking out our new co-working space?This month we will be celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week! Seize the opportunity to connect, learn more about our free programs and get a tour of our Business Incubator, MakerSpaces and co-working spaces.Don’t miss out on this opportunity to supercharge your entrepreneurial journey every month! Elevate your business, recharge your motivation, and grow your network with Navigate!When? Wed, Nov 15, 11am-12:30pmWhere? Centre for Research and Innovation, 3 Mill Rd, Corner BrookHow? No registration required. Just drop by and have a coffee on us!

Elevate your startup’s marketing strategy with our “Branding with Passion and Purpose” workshop!Calling all new startups! Ready to ignite your marketing journey? This workshop is designed to equip you with the latest branding strategies that’ll make your startup shine in the crowded marketplace. Create an impact and engage meaningfully with clients with a brand that resonates!In this workshop you will learn how to:️ Create a powerful brand infused with authenticity and purpose️ Understand your customer on a deeper level️ Craft a brand that resonates and inspires action️ Brand with meaningful connection to build a community of loyal customers️ Outshine your competition and engage your market“Branding with Passion and Purpose” will be led by Nancy Buckle, Leadership, Life, and Business Coach. Nancy is a local serial entrepreneur working in the wellness sector. With 15 years’ experience building 6 businesses across the US and Canada, Nancy currently spends her time coaching and consulting with startups. Her unique dharma-driven “walk your talk” approach to life and business are at the heart of her coaching practice. Don’t miss this opportunity to set your startup on the path to success with purpose-driven branding!Market with heart, market with purpose. Your startup’s success story begins here!When? Fri, Nov 24 from 1pm-4pmWhere? Centre for Research and Innovation, 3 Mill Rd, Corner BrookRegister Now!

Job opportunity! Entrepreneur-in-Residence (part-time) coming soon!The Navigate Program in Corner Book will soon be looking to hire an inspiring experienced entrepreneur to assist with program development and delivery and to help mentor and support new startups. Join us in building a vibrant entrepreneurial culture in Western Newfoundland!Stay tuned for the official job ad HERE!

Calling all mentors! We want you!Navigate is currently recruiting experienced business mentors to help provide guidance, expertise and inspiration to the next generation of entrepreneurs. The future looks bright!Eligibility criteria and expectations:️ Looking for mentors with 5+ years entrepreneurship experience or 10+ years corporate experience in a pivotal role️ 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 attained️ Available to work with an entrepreneur mentee for a minimum of 4 hours per monthTo learn more, email Allison Rowe, Business Incubator Manager, at

Apply now!


We would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincerest thanks to the many individuals who played a role in making the 4th annual Jose Lam Startup Event a huge success and a ton of fun!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! You all had fantastic pitches (15 in total!) and great ideas that we look forward to helping you pursue.Drumroll please….A big round of applause to winning team, Golf Solutions, who took first place!!Three cheers for runner up Places & Spaces – an NL boardgame! And last but not least, bravo to Tacos Roy who came in third with their tasty taco truck idea!
A huge expression of gratitude to our generous prize donors:👉 $1545 cash prize donation from the GCBBT Business Excellence Awards Gala cake auction👉 $500 value digital design package (in kind) from Digital Advertising Solutions👉 $500 value consulting and coaching package (in kind) from Spicer Facilitation and LearningAnd to our sponsors:👉 $300 value donation of “Lam Soup” (a Jose speciality) for the Jose Lam Event from Pho Vietnam👉 $300 value donation of coffee to help get our Saturday morning started!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: Carole Spicer (Spicer Facilitation and Learning), Krista Norman and Mark Tierney (ACOA), Libby Carew (Springboard Atlantic), Abdul Latif-Alhassan (AbbaTek Group), Scott Andrews (Futurpreneur), and Dr. Jacqui Bartlett (Lawyer, Associate Professor of Business, MUN, and dear friend of Dr. Jose Lam).Many thanks to our judges Aidan Coleman (Colemans), Lynn Kendall (Grenfell Campus and Appalachian Chalets & RV) and Dustin Parsons (Steady Entertainment Inc.) for taking on the task of deliberating and choosing the pitch winners. It was a tight race!A big thank you as well to our team including Dr. Billy Newell (Grenfell Faculty of Business & Navigate Director) who co-facilitated and mentored throughout the weekend, to Charlene Connors and Roshayne Mendis for their dedication with pre-event planning and logistics, and to our wonderful student volunteers who helped keep the event rolling throughout the weekend!Can I get a Yes Way, Jose?!

Introducing: Navigate Student Entrepreneur of the Year – College of the North Atlantic  Kosuke TobaUgly Stix Embarking on their culinary venture at the Jose Lam startup event in 2022, Ugly Stix is more than just a food stand; it’s a testament to Newfoundland’s cultural richness and student innovation.  As a fully student-run organization, their passion for creating memorable culinary experiences reflects their dedication to merging tradition with contemporary flair. Their target audience spans tourists seeking an authentic taste of Newfoundland, wedding venues wishing to infuse local charm, vegetarians with a penchant for flavourful options, and social events craving a unique culinary experience. With every meal, you support a student-run initiative that not only aims to tantalize taste buds but also exemplifies the innovative spirit thriving in Newfoundland. Visit them here! Introducing: Navigate Student Entrepreneur of the Year – MUN – Grenfell CampusTara Cashen and Sampson VassalloTwisted Tuckamore Forest SchoolTwisted Tuckamore Forest School is an early childhood outdoor education and recreation summer program. Through repeated access to its immersive forest site, children lead their own learning and play in connecting to food, art and the land. In summer 2023, Cashen and Vassallo opened Twisted Tuckamore, launching a program that offers children from all backgrounds the opportunity to build relationships with the land, using the peaceful woods at Blow-Me-Down Trails as a backdrop.Twisted Tuckamore is inspired by the growth and connectivity that emerges between children and the creative freedom of a forest classroom. These entrepreneurs look forward to welcoming children from the greater Corner Brook area back to its site in summer 2024!Visit them here!

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