As co-founders of ePact, an emergency contact information system that replaces the outdated paper model still widely used by schools and recreation organizations, Christine Sommers and Kirsten Koppang Telford have seen it all. Six years after launching, the Vancouver-based company now has 16 employees, clients like the YMCA, partners including the Canadian Red Cross, and $2.4 […]
“Going green” wasn’t exactly mainstream back in 2010. Rising carbon emissions weren’t regular dinner table conversation and Gwyneth Paltrow wasn’t yet spouting the benefits of organic ingredients in a podcast. Which makes Annalea Krebs’ success in the “green” space all the more remarkable. The B.C. entrepreneur was only 25 when she founded ethicalDeal, a Groupon-like […]
The pace of innovation in the start-up ecosystem is threatening to many organizations — many live in fear of disruption and set-up their own innovation labs or create outposts within the innovation hubs & accelerators to try to copy the behaviors of the start-up. I think there’s great value in plugging into the start-up community to build the right type of sensing mechanisms, but think we need to look at this as a way to augment internal innovation efforts vs. as a way to detect and react to new solutions and business models that could threaten incumbent businesses.