Meet our 2023 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 farm-to-table circular cafe to recycled steel framing for construction to seaweed-based biodegradable acoustic panels!
Alex & Dalia | New Westminster
A sustainable hub for self-employed newcomers and BIPOC individuals to utilize their sewing skills in repurposing clothing. Individuals can come to this hub for textile recycling, mending & repairs, and repurposing boutique clothing.
full circle solar
Reid | Victoria
Installing renewable technology to help BC businesses and residents transition to sustainable energy.
Elina | Victoria
A creative consultancy and recycling atelier that focuses on design-driven waste reduction, repurposing through artistic practice and creative problem-solving.
Maša | Victoria
A circular sourcing, production, and distribution system for sauces. With ingredients sourced from Vancouver Island product streams otherwise destined for waste, Mazako will distribute its products via refillery stations in partner grocery stores.
Pemberton Circular CafÉ
Erica & Élodie | Pemberton
A farm-to-table circular economy café, located in the agricultural valley of Pemberton, BC.
Rood Food Products
Lisa | Vancouver
Aimed at eliminating food loss altogether, the Rood Food brand will buy surplus fruits and vegetables that would normally be discarded for cosmetic reasons and turn them into innovative new consumer products.
Annie | Vancouver
Developing a fully biodegradable acoustic panel from seaweed grown regeneratively in BC.
Kelli | Lantzville
Providing families, schools and workplaces with sustainable, zero-waste container options, helping to eliminate the reliance on plastic and single-use items.
2023 Incubator Supporters
The 2023 cohort represents the second year offering our incubator BC-wide! We are grateful for the continuous support from our Strategic Partner, Vancity, as well as support from the Vancouver Economic Commission and the McConnell Foundation. We also want to extend a special thank you to all of our program amplifiers across the province who have helped us reach more entrepreneurs in new regions.
Vancity is a values-based financial cooperative serving the needs of its more than 560,000 member-owners and their communities in the Coast Salish and Kwakwaka'wakw territories.
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 ongoing support. Check out 2023's guest experts below!
Through the Incubator Program, each venture is paired with a business coach whom they have the opportunity to meet with monthly for one-on-one calls. These business coaches help to develop their business model, overcome hurdles, sound-board ideas, provide moral support, and offer industry insights and connections. We are so grateful for the support from our amazing business coaches, learn more about them below!