A Hubber once said, “I feel that there is a distinct pre-HUB city and post-HUB city.” We feel it as well. There is now a growing community of changemakers, a home for collaboration, and an environment to work together to tackle some of the biggest problems facing the city. Hubbers are exchanging with other sectors, growing their global connections and learning new tools. They are creating impact in innovative ways, and we feel privileged to have played a small role in their success. Every day, we witness how being a part of such a community greatly enhances people’s networks, relationships, knowledge, market opportunities, and accelerates their world-changing work. We offer a huge debt of gratitude to the core team, members, champions, and partners for your support, efforts and cheer.
This is a special year for the global HUB network – it marks our 10 years. There are more than 80 HUBs across the globe, including cities like San Francisco, Melbourne, Johannesburg, London, Sao Paulo and Singapore. Not to mention seven new HUBs opening in different parts of Africa – a first for the network. Impact Hub is now the world’s largest and fastest-growing movement for social entrepreneurship and social innovation. Since the first Impact Hub opened in London in 2005, the global network has catalyzed and helped grow close to 2500 social ventures around the world. Last year alone, the global HUB network catalyzed and helped grow 400+ social enterprises; helped create over 1500 new full-time jobs, and helped member social enterprises generate $150 million in new revenue.
Since HUB opened three years ago in Ottawa, we’ve been fortunate enough to support over 350 changemakers as well as empower a number of firsts in Ottawa – some of which you will read about in this Impact Report. But it hasn’t all been snowflakes and rainbows. Helping people and organizations ‘do good better’ is much harder than we originally thought. There have been a number of experiments where actual outcomes didn’t match intended results. We decided to capture the key experiments, and share them publicly in the spirit of innovation. This is the second half – our Failure Report. We hope that you are inspired by our impact, but also by the audacity of our experiments.
We are excited about embarking on our next phase of impact where The HUB will primarily focus in three areas: being a leading professional community of changemakers in the region; being the leading social enterprise and professional development platform, and; being a space where citizens, social entrepreneurs, non-profit professionals, government employees, hackers, academics, journalists, and artists can share knowledge, build open tools, and solve civic problems, together.
There is a lot to do as we make Ottawa the best place in the country to drive social innovation and start social enterprises. We invite you to join us in this excitingly uncomfortable journey.
Chair of the Board, CEO of Bridgehead