The organizations selected for the 2016 program are:
The Alinker creates possibilities for everyone who wants to stay active, and solutions for people with mobility challenges. At The Alinker Inventions Ltd., the values of respect, dignity and freedom are embedded our DNA, and in our flagship product the Alinker R-volution. Our goal is to create revolutionary solutions for people who want to live an active life, but who have developed or may be developing mobility challenges. Our desire is to make it as easy and fun as possible for people to stay healthy and fit, connect with each other, and engage in community life. We move differently.
Awake Labs (Reveal)
Awake Labs is committed to improving the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum. Our first product is Reveal: a wearable device that measures and tracks anxiety in children with autism to predict behaviour meltdowns before they happen. We provide quantitative information to better inform decision making. This leads to increased independence and helps make children happier and healthier. Awake Labs originated from the New Venture Design program at UBC and won the 2015 Canadian Global Impact Competition.
My Green Space
My Green Space™ is a mobile application which offers an end to end solution simplifying the process of growing fruits and vegetables in any space, and eliminating any need for research or journaling. Customers learn instantaneously with daily task notifications and tutorials. Built-in e-commerce simplifies the process of acquiring the correct supplies by recommending the products required for the user specific situation: time of year, location, sunlight, budget and available space. My Green Space™ functions on desktops, smartphones and tablets, allowing users to use the app while in their gardens. We are on a mission to accelerate the transition to a sustainable food system. Our Vision is a garden in every home, food for every soul.
Fashion for change--fashioned by change. Shanti Uganda is eradicating preventable maternal mortality in Uganda by operating an innovative off-the-grid Birth House based on the midwifery model of care - all made possible by women around the world who purchase and wear our products. We imagine a world where birthing mothers and women living with HIV/AIDS are supported, empowered and able to develop to their full potential.
B.C’s CSA-supported farms are making leaps and bounds in sustainable agriculture. But without scale, they have no way of serving the market beyond restaurants and enthusiasts. Some of B.C’s finest produce is going to waste. We have chosen to source from UBC Farm. They are at the forefront of research and development on community-based, sustainable agriculture, and their values align completely with our own. Smoothie Veggies is their first-ever “processing” partner. If we are able to sustainably scale our business with them (and other groups like them) as the supply, we are blazing the trail for an entirely new distribution channel for groups like them. This will increase their profitability and grow the market for community-based sustainable agriculture.
Grocery stores are big business. The vast majority of food they sell is grown far from where we live by people we'll never meet. It's anonymous and its history uncertain. Why would anyone want to put that in their mouth or feed it to their children? At Urban Digs we are farmers first, and it takes one to know one. We supply families and chefs with trustworthy meat, eggs and produce grown at our farm and by other farmers we know. Our collective humanity is reflected in how our food is raised and nurtured. Be it soil or feed, we are ultimately what the vegetables and animals eat. We help people know their food so they can make informed choices that reflect their values.
The organizations selected for the 2015 program are:
Arbutus Medical has developed a $400 alternative to $30,000 surgical drills, allowing safe and effective treatment of patients in the developing world, as well as in disaster relief. With support from Grand Challenges Canada, the device has been in use in Uganda since mid-2013 and treated over 2,000 patients. They have just expanded across the conflict zones in Syria and eastern Ukraine, and supported the relief efforts in the Philippines.
BioClens Environmental provides sustainable bin cleaning and food waste solutions for Vancouver’s 2015 food waste ban. The primary service is mobile onsite cleaning of commercial totes, residential green bins and more. A water recycling system, and biodegradable, probiotic products responsibly eliminate odors, mold and vermin-attracting mess. The feature product is The Greenlid, a countertop compostable compost bin available for bulk discounts to schools, offices, and multi-unit residential buildings.
Brands for the Heart
Brands for the Heart helps social enterprises bootstrap their way to creating a fortune 500 brand and a better world. Creating a famous brand starts with more than a logo design. That’s why we created the World’s First DIY (do-it-yourself) online branding agency so that startups can follow in the footsteps of famous brands but at a fraction of the cost. First, we will help you get clear and feel confident how to communicate your big idea to the world. Then we will match you with our hand-picked community of expert brand designers from all over the world. Everyone has a difference to make, we’re here to help you brand it to life.
Brighter Investment is a fast-growing student investment fund. Despite the high financial and social return of higher education, up to 85% of qualified students in developing countries don't have access to student loans or scholarships. This discrepancy provides us with a huge opportunity. Instead of limiting young students’ futures because of their families' financial situation, Brighter Investment gives you the chance to back the engineers, doctors and scientists of the future. This partnership benefits both student and investor, socially and financially.
Time Auction is a website that allows you to trade volunteer hours to meet inspiring people. For example, you can trade 20 volunteer hours to meet the Co-Founder of Reddit. Time Auction has raised over 10,000 hours to date and ran auctions in the US, Canada, and Hong Kong. Check out www.timeauction.org to learn more.
The organizations selected for the 2013 program are:
Change Heroes is an online fundraising platform that helps people engage their friends to fundraise for schools and libraries to support education in developing countries. With customized and personalized videos, engagement through social media and a cause young people can relate to, Change Heroes aims to increase the philanthropic activity in this demographic.
Goodforks (previously SeaMarket) supports a new sustainable food system and advocates savvy consumerism to create wealthier, healthier and happier communities.
Goodforks goal is to empower and promote organizations to get back-to-basics in a way that accelerates their business and makes communities thrive. Through implementing human-centered design, they strive to shape the new future of food. Goodforks is deeply rooted in the belief that food systems have the power to change the economic viability of communities. Food should taste good and do good, too. "We work with growers to help facilitate their successful entry into the retail environment. Through a new way of thinking we are truly shifting the way traditional food producers conduct business. Through 360 degree consulting, our services range from marketing, design, advocacy, retailer relations, research and sales."
Connect Health is pioneering a model of integrative medicine, providing effective whole person care by combining the best conventional medicine and complementary approaches. This approach is proactive, offering the best preventative strategies to maintain good health. Connect Health is developing an innovative model that makes this type of healthcare is accessible to everyone.
SHIFT URBAN CARGO DELIVERY
Shift is transforming the urban goods movement by using pedal powered trike vehicles for last-mile deliveries in the downtown core, eliminating congestion and pollution. Shift is a worker co-op providing empowering employment for young people within the green economy.
CleanStart BC is a hoarding management and junk removal company that seeks to empower people with barriers to employment. We hire people with physical or psychological health challenges from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES) to provide quality service. Each of our staff is professionally trained. We are fully licensed, insured, and Worksafe BC covered. We use biodegradable products and are committed to recycling and donating as much as possible.
Victory Gardens provides garden infrastructure for any kind of space, helping people rethink urban space and bring food to where it didn’t exist before. Victory Gardens also provides educational tools to make organic growing easy and accessible, and increases consumer awareness and education around food and urban food systems.
The vision for the Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub is to propel social entrepreneurship forward in BC, establish the province as a world class centre for social innovation and social venture development, and create a dynamic and supportive space for social ventures to grow.
The Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub is designed for ventures wanting to embrace social innovation while using business models to create impact in society. The accelerator program brings together early stage social ventures with BC’s social innovators, seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, faculty, alumni, and students to:
- Accelerate the growth of promising social ventures and the impact they create
- Increase the number of social ventures focused on tackling social and environmental issues facing our communities
- Build the skills and networks of social entrepreneurs
- Provide applied learning opportunities for the top students in the province and build the talent pipeline for the social venture sector
- Promote economic, social and environmental change in BC communities
The Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub is an accelerator program designed to support high potential social ventures so that they create deep and long lasting social impact in their communities, the world of business, and society at large.
The Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub provides promising social ventures with:
- A co-working space
- A workshop series tailored to the unique needs of social ventures
- Access to knowledge capital from the ISIS Research Centre and the Sauder School of Business
- Peer learning and support
- Business coaching and advisory services
- Mentorship from industry experts
- A full-time student intern during the summer period
- Opportunities for exposure and access to networks
| This program is made possible by the generous support of
Propelling Social Ventures brings together social entrepreneurs, the business community, policy makers, and innovators to explore how social ventures are developing from ideas to real impact in British Columbia, Canada, and beyond. Join us for thought provoking discussions about these topics and many others.
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You are passionate about social ventures and so are we. If your venture meets the following criteria, you are eligible to apply for the Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub social venture accelerator program:
The primary mission of your venture is to create social or environmental impact on individuals or communities.
An innovative idea
You have an innovative product, service or approach to address a social or environmental problem or are applying an existing approach in an innovative way.
You launched your business in the last 1-3 years and see that your business has great potential. You have a plan for your venture to become financially sustainable – generate sufficient revenue to operate, grow, and repay any investors.
Your venture takes into consideration the impact of its operations on the environment, people, and communities in which it operates.
You are able to prove that your venture’s activities create real and measurable impact.
Stage of Venture
Ventures must be in operation for a minimum of one and no more than three years.
The Venture can take any legal form.
Individual entrepreneurs or founding teams of up to three may apply.
Entrepreneurs must be willing and able to work out of the accelerator’s co-working space (221-181 Keefer Place, Vancouver) for a 12month period (Jan 2015 – Dec 2015) and participate in all program activities.
There is no cost to participate in the program but we ask for a commitment to all the program's components.
If you meet the eligibility criteria, we want to hear from you!
To apply for the Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub accelerator program, please submit your application by email to email@example.com no later than November 5, 2014