Pace Touches Down in Canada

Innovation and collaboration are buzz words that are on the lips of every corporate, SME, academic institution and startup across the globe. That being said, these terms are core to businesses and organisations looking to stay with the times and provide value to their stakeholders. With all this increased chatter and fascination with innovation programmes, Pace Ventures is perfectly placed to provide our consultancy services to both our existing clients in the UK and now for the first time, internationally in Canada and throughout the rest of North America.

We are excited to announce that we have struck a partnership with The Spark Zone, an inter-educational sandbox that brings together students and community members to create, develop and ultimately launch business ideas and social innovations.

We have partnered with Saint Mary’s University, Nova Scotia Community College, Mount Saint Vincent University, NSCAD University, and the Atlantic School of Theology to launch Food Hack Nova Scotia. It is the first innovation-driving food tech event of it’s kind in the province on 19th-20th February 2018 at Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University.

This incredibly ambitious, collaborative project has been in the pipeline for more than a year. The catalyst for heading to Halifax was local entrepreneur and now partner on the ground, Akram Al-Otumi, CEO of Spritely Technology Inc. Akram was the chief architect behind our partnership with The Spark Zone, and we are delighted to be bringing our consulting and hackathon experience to Halifax. Al-Otumi first came across our client projects whilst at a conference in Toronto, before hosting our Co-Founder, Umesh, during a business development and research trip to Halifax in December 2016. Fast forward to 2018, with Akram’s vast local networks and knowledge, we at Pace Ventures hope that Food Hack NS will be the initial spark for further projects in the coming months as we expand across Nova Scotia and the wider Atlantic Canada Region in particular.



Our goal is to both run a successful and exciting event for the 120 students, 30 mentors, 20 judges, our educational clients, and to make a splash in the region as a British company working out here. We wish to continue to build relations with key organisations and institutions in the innovation, startup and education sectors. Food Hack NS is an ambitious and essential event if we wish to solve some of the biggest food related issues faced by the people of Nova Scotia.

We are passionate about solving some of the world’s biggest problems and are looking to partner with like minded, ambitious and forward thinking organisations that want to join us on this journey.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with our CEO and Co-Founder, Umesh Kumar.  He can be reached at and if you would like to follow the progress of our Food Hackathon then check out #FoodHackNS on all social media channels to stay up to date over the two days.

Umesh Kumar
With over eight years of entrepreneurial experience, Umesh has worked for Oxygen, Techstars, and was the Co-Founder of Pi Labs, Europe’s first property accelerator. He since co-founded Pace Ventures to build accelerators, hackathons and innovation initiatives for corporates clients to solve their biggest challenges.