PROJECT ZERO

INCUBATOR

2020 COHORT

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Meet our 2020 incubator cohort! These entrepreneurs are all eager to dive in and develop their businesses. We are excited to see the progress they make over the course of the 8 month program. Business ideas range from a community based micro recycling centre to biomass district heating centres to local outdoor gear repair!

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basecamp repairs

Alex & Nicholas | Greater Victoria

Vancouver Islands' first outdoor gear repair company, keeping technical gear working for as long as possible.

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BioFlame

Marcus | Chemainus

Using biomass to create carbon neutral energy for their customers.

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flipside plastics

Laska | Greater Victoria

Micro recycling centre located in the Greater Victoria region to process and repurpose plastic into thoughtfully curated products - closing the loop.

polar engineering

Ian | Greater Victoria

Engineering and installing energy recovery systems through one of a kind refrigeration systems and heat pumps to drastically reduce carbon emissions and operation costs.

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Positvely clean

Leanne | Greater Victoria

Leanne is the Founder of West Coast Refill in Victoria. Through her work in the zero waste industry she sees a need for green cleaning products and is looking to start a second business to address this.

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SALT LEGACY

Meaghan | Greater Victoria

Upcycling material from journeyed sails into a variety of bags ranging from simple everyday shopping bags to adventure backpacks

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Tesla tours

Kevin | Greater Victoria

Offering private, customized, luxury tours on Vancouver Island in solar-powered Tesla vehicles.

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The diverters

Tim & Jeremy | Greater Victoria

A non-profit that is creating economic opportunities, destigmatizing binners, diverting waste, and promoting social cohesion among members of the binning community.

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thread lightly

Jackie | Greater Victoria

Upcycling burlap coffee bags, hotel linens, and other recovered materials into reusable bags and other soft goods. 

2020 Incubator Supporters

This year we are hosting the incubator program virtually. Club KWENCH, in downtown Victoria, is providing our participants with the opportunity to test out working in a co-working space. Participants can use the space to work on their businesses.

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KWENCH is a full-service work & culture club for creative, ambitious thinkers and doers who seek more. Their flexible, unique co-working spaces, events and services support balanced, happy humans that lead engaged and inspired lives. The newly renovated heritage building in Old Town includes creative studios, private offices and open workspaces, fitness facilities, workshops, events, lectures, art installations, meditation, food and drink - all in one place.

Guest experts

The Incubator programs features a variety of guest experts who lead sessions in their area of expertise, answer participant questions, and offer coaching calls. These guest experts bring a lot of value to the program and we are so grateful for their on-going support. Check out 2020's guest experts below!

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DR. Michelle Clement

Camosun College | Marketing Professor

Michelle Clément’s research interest and experience lies within sustainability, marketing and consumer behaviour. She has sat on numerous committees within the community and the post-secondary environment. 

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C. Ralph & Associates CPA's | CPA, CA

Owner and founder of C. Ralph & Associates, Casey is passionate about solving problems, implementing solutions and helping his clients succeed. Through his practice Casey works with owner managed businesses and families across Victoria. 

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miles waghray

Sitka Law | Associate

Miles enjoys assisting his clients with their personal and professional legal needs. Miles operating a mixed practice of law with a focus on corporate & commercial law. In his spare time, Miles enjoys all forms of outdoor activities, travelling to various countries, and playing music.

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Amanda Wilson

Spark Strategic Group | Communications Specialist

Amanda is a marketing and communications specialist whose varied career encompasses journalism, public relations, commercial production and arts marketing among others. She is currently co-owner of Spark Strategic Group. She helped launch the Island Good ‘buy local’ brand marketing initiative, and she is currently supporting eco-start up The Nulla Project in their work reducing single use coffee cups.

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Rose nadon

Royal Roads University | Associate Faculty

Rose Nadon has been an Associate Faculty member at Royal Roads University since 2013 teaching in the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs, with areas of expertise including marketing fundamentals and tourism and hospitality management. Prior to instructing at Royal Roads University, Rose was the owner-operator of an award-winning Bed and Breakfast in New Westminister. 

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Adel guitouni

University of Victoria | Associate Professor

Dr. Adel Guitouni is an award-winning associate professor of management sciences, operations research and decision support systems at the Gustavson School of Business. Through his research Adel's goal is to help improve the decision-making process at the individual and corporate level. Through his entrepreneurship and leadership project work, he hopes to empower youth and leaders by giving them the tools to change their world.

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Ian Culbertson

Stocksy United | People Ops Manager

Ian joined Stocksy after a decade in the nonprofit sector where he learned that he liked people, processes, and pie charts. Ian is an engaged and energetic professional with extensive experience in strategic planning, full-cycle recruitment, talent management, employee engagement, and organizational evaluation.