The Spanish have a popular saying, “mañana mañana” translated literally as “tomorrow tomorrow.” It is meant to convey a nonchalant attitude toward looming deadlines and hard work. In terms of maintaining good health, Canadians are ingrained toward a “manana” mindset – procrastinating optimal health choices for later rather than confronting the realities of their current health habits. Unfortunately, this reactive approach to health care has de-emphasized the importance of preventive medicine.
In January of this year ISIS welcomed the first cohort of the Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub, a 12-month accelerator program for social ventures. The program brings together some of the most promising ventures into one collaborative co-working space where entrepreneurs have access to the ISIS and Sauder School knowledge and resources, advisory help and mentorship, regular workshops and speaker sessions to help accelerate their ventures to the next level. Recently we celebrated the accomplishments of this group of ventures at the Social Venture Re-vue, an inspiring evening where entrepreneurs shared the stories of their journeys over the past year and their plans for the future.
Impact investing is growing in popularity. Top banks, including JP Morgan, have created social finance units within their organizations. Students at top business schools like Harvard and Wharton are gravitating towards impact investing roles over those in prestigious investment banks. The heady promise of handsome financial returns while creating impact is driving this momentum. Numerous private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) funds in the field promise a financial return in the range of 20%, while either improving the lives of the poorest in society or creating a greener world.
“I’m working on a DIY project this weekend” seems to be an increasingly common phrase among my friends and colleagues. However it’s not just my own experience, DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is one of the most searched terms online and has more videos on YouTube than any other category (even cats!). Why is this important? Because people feel a growing need to create, collaborate and share. A growing urge to take charge and test alternative approaches. Fueled by the recession and economic uncertainty, DIY-ers seek independence and empowerment by engaging in the production process.
Tricycles are often accompanied with visions of toddlers and scraped knees but a new type of tricycle has hit the streets of Vancouver- and it’s no toy!
Shift Delivery, a cargo-trike company in Vancouver, has big plans to revolutionize the delivery industry by following France’s lead. La Petite Reine, the cargo-trike giant in France, uses its fleet to make about 3,500 last-mile deliveries each day.