_MG_9471Andrew left the last Georgetown Conference in 2013 inspired to take action. After a 15 year career with various businesses and economic development organizations, he felt it was about time to move from being a ‘cheerleader’ and ‘curator’ of entrepreneurship to doing something that actually helped to establish more entrepreneurs in rural communities. Within 8 months of the conference he founded Mashup Lab (, a for-more-than-profit company that invigorates more entrepreneurs to start and grow world-class companies from rural communities. That same year he launched a chapter of the Awesome Foundation in his community ( Andrew has since gone on to launch another social enterprise – CO3 (, a fresh new coworking space for Freelancers, Entrepreneurs, and Independents located in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

Andrew’s passion and energy is focused on unleashing entrepreneurial potential in rural communities that has yet to be inspired into action. Having worked with over 1,000 entrepreneurs in rural communities across the region, there is one thing he knows to be true: great ideas can come from anywhere.