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Project and Venture Building

Our community incubates their social enterprises, not-for-profits, and community betterment initiatives at Impact Hub. Here, they can take advantage of professional development programming, coaching, access to seed funding and learning opportunities, as well as relationships with experts, investors and other collaborators.

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80% of members said The HUB has connected them to advisors, experts, and resources they need to incubate their projects. 77% of members believe The HUB helped their projects gain recognition and credibility.

Ottawa Tool Library

Simply put, the Ottawa Tool Library (OTL) is a place where you can borrow tools instead of books – whether it’s a hand, power, garden or kitchen tool. The tool library’s mission is to engage and empower the Ottawa community to participate in sharing resources by providing access to tools and skills for everybody. Tool libraries are popping up in communities where people want to pool resources in a way that will benefit the environment and save space and money. OTL officially opened its doors in October 2015 at Makerspace North, thanks to the hard work of Hubbers.

“The Hub provides us with the environment to explore innovative ideas, the people to discuss them with, and the resources to accomplish them. The Ottawa Tool Library wouldn’t have happened without Hub Ottawa.”

Frederic Sune
Co-founder, Ottawa Tool Library

Vegan Cuts

This Canadian startup joined Hub Ottawa almost three years ago during their early startup phase and has since scaled up to be one of of North America’s most cutting-edge vegan businesses. Founders Jill Pyle and John Wiseman, along with their plant-powered team, hand-pick and test every single product before sharing it with thousands of monthly box subscribers who live all over the world. Through their online marketplace, monthly Snack and Beauty Boxes, and special edition boxes, customers can be confident they are getting the best products while making choices that show compassion towards animals.

“The Hub has provided us with a local home base for our mostly virtual team to meet and hash out complicated projects in person. Being on the road frequently, it’s always nice to come back to The Hub and see familiar faces. We love “mail time” when we return from a trip to lots of packages and have the chance to share our samples with other Hubbers. It’s a community that feels like home.”

Jill Pyle
Co-founder, Vegan Cuts

CigBins

CigBins is an Ottawa-based social enterprise that collects and recycles the number one most littered item in the world, cigarette butts, while also providing meaningful employment to individuals with a mental illness. Since winning HUB’s annual ‘Launch Some Good’ startup competition in 2013, and incubating the concept in the community, Cigbins has gone on to expand across Ottawa and is currently in the process of adding two more cities in 2016.

“Launch Some Good provided us with the opportunity to really drill down on our idea and work on it to make it a feasible social enterprise,” says co-founder Ajmal Sataar. “It’s a great starting point for anyone with an idea to tackle a problem in the community.”

Ajmal Sataar
Co-founder, Cigbins