If you have an innovative idea you think could impact the world for good, Vancouver is the city for you – and Startup City: Impact wants to help you make that impact.
The series of events, organized by the Vancouver Economic Commission, is showcasing Vancouver’s “impact entrepreneurs” to inspire others who want to create positive change.
“Since 2010, the impact sector has grown 35% in Vancouver,” Pietra Basilij, Manager of Sustainable Community Development at the commission, told Daily Hive.
“This week is all about celebrating impact entrepreneurship in Vancouver…To be inspired by what’s going on and what our local entrepreneurs are doing.”
Many Vancouver Startup City events are already sold out, but we tracked down three you could attend tonight or into the weekend.
Mythbusters include Tamer Mohamed of Aspect Biosystems, which 3D prints human tissue, and Barbara Alink of Alinker, which makes walking-bicycles for people with mobility issues.
Suzanne Ma, co-founder of Routific, which aims to help reduce emissions for delivery trucks through route optimization, told Daily Hive she’s also excited to be taking part.
“We are so grateful to live and work in a great city like Vancouver where there’s a lot of support and enthusiasm for companies that are focused on bringing about real change,” said Ma.
Ma plans to bust a myth about package delivery firm UPS, thought to be the most efficient fleet in the world because its trucks are forbidden from making left-hand turns.
“The truth is, UPS has done a lot more than that,” said Ma. “They’ve achieved world renowned efficiency by investing in ‘route optimization.’
“I’ll be explaining what route optimization is and how we at Routific are making this technology available to local delivery businesses around the world, including Vancouver.”
If you can’t make the MythBusting Mixer, here are a couple of other events to try: