On the heels of successful pilots with Rimot, Haligone, Kangaroo and AllEV, the Halifax Innovation Outpost is launching two new pilot projects with Halifax-based startups Harbr and Tranquility.

Through the Halifax Innovation Outpost’s City as a Living Lab initiative, the startups will partner with Halifax Partnership Investors and other established companies and organizations to be early adopters of their products and provide the founders with feedback. This mutually beneficial relationship will enable private sector partners to serve customers, clients, and employees in new ways, while at the same time helping local startups develop, iterate, and succeed.

Tranquility offers pathways to better mental health by delivering gold-standard Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) digitally on a client’s computer or phone. Using Tranquility, people and organizations can better manage their stress and mood through an interactive and comprehensive program, self-directed or with the support of a coach over video, phone, or in-app messaging.

Harbr is FinTech for Construction and Development projects focused on creating the least disruptive route of existing processes to prompt payments for the construction industry in a mutually beneficial way, matching work to invoices, automating the accounts receivables process, and streamlining approvals.

Companies and organizations interested in piloting these technologies can contact Miriam Zitner, Vice President of the Halifax Innovation District, at mzitner@halifaxpartnership.com.

The Halifax Innovation Outpost collaborates with founders to help startups and scaleups pilot, evolve, and bring products and services to market. The Halifax Innovation Outpost is an initiative of the Halifax Innovation District which is supported by the Halifax Regional Municipality, Halifax Partnership, and the Province of Nova Scotia.


QUOTES:

“Our city is a living lab; Halifax is an ideal testing ground for startups and scaleups to pilot their products. Through the Halifax Innovation Outpost, we are supporting startups like Harbr and Tranquility with a critical step in the development and commercialization of new technology.” - Miriam Zitner, Vice President of the Halifax Innovation District, Halifax Partnership.

“Halifax is an exceptional place for startups to build and grow. As a business-friendly city with plenty of local talent, the future of Halifax as a living lab is very bright. The Halifax Regional Municipality is pleased to support the Halifax Innovation District to ensure these startups will be supported as they scale and evolve their businesses.” – Jacques Dubé, Chief Administrative Officer, Halifax Regional Municipality.

“When it became apparent that COVID-19 was a global pandemic, we quickly realized that our virtual mental health platform could be part of the solution in supporting people through this very challenging time. Participating in this pilot will grow our user base and provide valuable feedback to advance our product, while giving employees of participating companies much needed mental health support.” - Joel Muise, Co-founder & CEO, Tranquility

“Harbr offers a service and technology that helps the construction industry operate more effectively and efficiently in today’s digital economy. We’re focused on building our user base and the Halifax Innovation Outpost is helping us connect with private sector users and potential customers.” - Ashley Kielbratowski, Chief Growth Officer, Harbr


Media Contact

Krista Juurlink
Director, Marketing Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Halifax Partnership
902-223-9170
kjuurlink@halifaxpartnership.com

About Halifax Partnership/Halifax Innovation District

Halifax Partnership is Halifax’s public-private economic development organization. The Partnership drives and accelerates economic growth by selling and marketing Halifax to the world, helping businesses reach their full potential and tracking Halifax’s economic progress. Halifax Partnership is leading the advancement of the Halifax Innovation District - with support from the Province of Nova Scotia and the Halifax Regional Municipality and in collaboration with its Investors and public, private, and post-secondary partners - to increase the number of viable startups and scaleups in Halifax and to strengthen the city’s innovation ecosystem. Learn more at halifaxpartnership.com and halifaxinnovationdistrict.com.

About Harbr

Harbr is FinTech for Construction and Development projects focused on creating the least disruptive route of existing processes to prompt payments for the construction industry in a mutually beneficial way, matching work to invoices, automating the accounts receivables process, and streamlining approvals. Creating faster ways to gather and verify site information is just one way that Harbr helps trades and construction companies get paid faster. Learn more at https://www.harbr.com.

About Tranquility

Tranquility makes getting help for anxiety and depression easy, affordable, and convenient. The company's platform offers an online, software-as-a-service solution that uses the gold standard therapy approach for anxiety and depression also known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, enabling patients to access adequate help in a way that is timely, stigma-free, personal, and accessible anytime, anywhere. Learn more at https://www.tranquility.app.

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