Fall is in full drive and we’re excited to have recently kicked off our third Impact Investor Challenge based in Vancouver and dedicated to supporting the impact investing and entrepreneurship ecosystem in British Columbia. This means that it’s time to find out which impact startups were selected into the fall 2021 Top 20!
With each Challenge, we see many incredible entrepreneurs applying to the program for a chance to hone their fundraising skills, better quantify their impact, and ultimately win $100,000 in investment.
This fall, from Vancouver Island to Kamloops along with IMPACT Startup Visa alumni relocating to Canada, the Top 20 businesses span a variety of industries with a large representation of health and wellness followed by food systems and cleantech. Also represented are ventures undertaking exciting innovation in ocean technology, agriculture, tourism, and more. Seven of the startups are founded by women while eight are BIPOC-led, and thirteen are B Corp certified or in the process of applying.
At Pitch Night on Wednesday, October 13th starting at 4 PM PDT, these businesses will pitch to the fall 2021 investor cohort where a Top 10 will be selected to progress in the Challenge—you’re invited to attend!
Meet the Fall 2021 Top 20 Startups
BinBreeze is an all-natural and non-toxic odour reducing composting powder. This is the founding product from Build A Better Earth, a sustainable technology social enterprise dedicated to cultivating products, beliefs, and habits that help individuals ‘build a better earth’ for future generations. BinBreeze’s vision is of an environmentally empowered and sustainable consumer, living within a thriving circular economy.
Brave Technology Coop
The Brave Coop envisions a world where every overdose is reversed. Brave builds technology that detects overdose for anyone, anywhere, at risk of overdose – ensuring that help is on the way, even if someone is using drugs alone. Their mobile app and phone line are available free to end-users and they serve housing organisations and municipal governments through their smart buttons and radar sensors – so that anyone using alone inside supportive housing or washrooms can be revived immediately in the event of an overdose. In September 2021, Brave detected their 100th overdose. Brave is the winner of the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge and the MaRS/Health Canada Opioid Data Challenge.
Cascadia Seaweed is growing to be the largest North American provider of ocean cultivated seaweed—a climate-positive crop with a variety of uses including food, agrifeed, bioplastics and cosmetics. From seaweed farming to IP-protected value-added products, Cascadia Seaweed is catalyzing an industry that enhances the natural environment and provides economic opportunity for indigenous and coastal communities.
Difinity Solutions Inc. is a medical device company designing and developing NeedSwitch – the world’s first interchangeable and modular autoinjector solution for emergency medication delivery.
Nyoka Design Labs
I Hear You
ODEN Health Solutions
The Village App
This Fish is on a mission to improve profitability and sustainability in the seafood industry through digitization, traceability and innovation. They are a global leader in seafood traceability software and artificial intelligence that reduces costs, strengthens process control, and improves compliance in supply chains. Their goal is to improve the social, environmental, and financial sustainability of global seafood.
Interested in learning more about our Impact Investor Challenge programming or in applying for a future intake?