Accelerating the growth of Vancouver’s impact businesses at Startup City: Impact


Impact businesses, also known as purpose-driven businesses, are on the rise in Vancouver as more entrepreneurs discover that it pays to make a difference.

Startup City: Impact, presented by The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) in close partnership with Spring University, is a series of events from June 6 to 11 that will showcase, educate and connect startup businesses looking to solve local and global challenges, while creating new economic opportunity.

“Vancouver’s impact entrepreneurs are changing perceptions, locally and globally, about how businesses operate by demonstrating that profitability is possible when taking social, environmental and cultural impact into account,” says Ian McKay, CEO of The Vancouver Economic Commission. “Through specialized programs like the VEC’s Startup City: Impact, we hope to gather like-minded innovators, investors and talent so our impact sector can flourish even more.”


“Any business can be an impact business. There are many ways companies can create positive impact in their communities and it may not always be obvious shifts,” says Keith Ippel, CEO of Spring Activator. “Apart from offering purpose-driven products or services, companies can also weave purpose into the way they operate, from supply chains to delivery to community engagement.”

VEC’s Startup City: Impact features ticketed and free programming that furthers the growth of Vancouver’s impact businesses, including workshops on how to attract strategic investors, how to pitch business ideas facilitated by angel investor Tom Williams, and more.

There will also be a career fair featuring companies who are actively recruiting for top talent who want to be part of the impact sector. Each event requires individual registration and will take place in various locations around Vancouver.

To learn more visit the Startup City: Impact site HERE.