If I were to choose one player in the Atlantic Canadian startup community to watch this year, it would be McCain Foods.
That’s right: a 62-year-old company known for its French fries will be the big news story in a business group known for its young whippersnappers toting laptops.
I’m making such an incongruous statement because McCain, more than any other traditional business in the region, understands the potential of startups and works most closely with them.
This is important because startups only succeed if they grow to seize a global market share. That usually requires a lot of capital, a global sales network, and management with international experience.
Of the few Atlantic Canadian companies that offer these components, McCain Foods has proven the best at working with startups to develop products and get them to market.
Its senior executives in the Florenceville headquarters include Nestor Gomez, who leads its Startup and Entrepreneurship Program and is respected throughout the startup community.
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