VENTURES IN THE NEWS
ATTRACTING MEDIA ATTENTION
Our incubator ventures are making headlines! We are tremendously proud of our incubator ventures and their accomplishments! Check out some of the articles below:
January 8, 2022
BC Local News
ShareWares is helping the City of Vancouver realize its Single-Use Reduction Strategy by partnering with cafes to offer reusable cups and containers, reducing the 441 million disposable cups and takeout containers that end up in the landfill each year.
June 13, 2021
BC Local News
Since initiating the Compost Pilot Program, Tofino Urban Farm Co has been able to divert 67 tonnes of organic waste from the landfill. Participating restaurants have also been able to divert 85% of their waste from the landfill.
Tofino Urban Farm Co
March 10, 2021
Founder of Salt Legacy, Meaghan McDonald has collected end-of-life sails and is turning them into weatherproof backpacks. While Salt Legacy is for-profit, they have a greater goal to connect their customers with nature.
June 30, 2020
Adam Kreek, a former Olympic rower channels his athletic drive into business and consulting. Kreek found parallels between sport and entrepreneurialism while planning and conducting a row from mainland Africa to North America.
Ergo Eco Solutions
December 12, 2021
Nanaimo News Now
The Gabriola Island Recycling Organization received $92,000 from the Regional District of Nanaimo for Phase 2 of their C2C Threads project, which involves the purchase of an industrial fabric shredder to support textile upcycling.
May 19, 2021
The small start-up has secured $50,000 in funding under the new provincial initiative for an eight-month pilot project to turn used plastics into new products.
December 7, 2020
30-year old Taylor McCarten and founder of BinBreeze has been put in the national spotlight after appearing on Dragons Den. Taylor landed himself a deal with the popular and highly successful businesswoman Arlene Dickinson.
May 4, 2020
The increased awareness around food security since the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged Cow-Op's to overcome the logistical hurdles associated with growth. There is now an increased demand for connecting local farmers with consumers, and Cow-op is making is working it make it happen.
October 8, 2021
The Diverters Foundation, which supports the unrecognized and stigmatized work of "binners", is launching a community pickup program that will pay the diverters for their work. Their pilot program with Fort Properties reduced waste for the properties by 40%.
May 6, 2021
Polar Engineering has partnered with West Shore Parks and Recreation to install a new energy recovery system. The system is expected to reduce GHG emissions by 62%, or 284 tonnes per year.
November 16, 2020
Nyoka Design Lab designs a product that pushes back on the plastic industry but also pushes policy making, innovation, and regeneration. The world's first eco-friendly glowsticks will be waiting for the post pandemic world.
Nyoka Design Labs
December 30, 2019
Nancy Prevost and Caroline Thibault, founders of the Nulla Project are sick of disposable coffee cups. Their program allows people to leave a $5 deposit to then take a reusable coffee cup that can be used, cleaned, or swapped at any participating coffee shops.
The Nulla Project