City of Vaughan
January 6, 2020
Across York Region, innovators are redefining business systems and practices to benefit our world. The City of Vaughan is providing dedicated support to emerging social innovators to help accelerate their success and amplify their impact.
Check out these three Vaughan entrepreneurship program alumni who are making waves and innovating across the continent!
EarthSuds is a local start-up and previous Vaughan Social Innovation Challenge winner developing dissolvable, zero-waste alternatives to replace all single-use bathroom products. In December, EarthSuds traveled to the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, DC to pitch as one of ten finalists in the Design Category of the global Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge. EarthSuds executives met judges and ventures from around the world, as well as experts in the fields of sustainability, plastic recycling and circular economy. These valuable connections have helped to validate the company’s zero-waste technology, to enable expansion of the venture, and to further improve the sustainability of their operations. EarthSuds zero-waste shampoo, conditioner and body wash tablets are now available for purchase online, and in select hotels around Ontario.
Able Innovations, another Vaughan Social Innovation Challenge award recipient, is a medical tech start-up developing innovative technology to improve patient transfer processes and outcomes. Able Innovations was recently announced as a winner of the fourth round of the Artificial Intelligence Industry Partnership Fund, funded by the National Research Council Canada’s Industry Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). This funding program supports collaboration between Canadian SMEs and York University faculty members on industry-driven research projects in artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning and machine learning.
Able Innovations will work with Professor Michael Brown (Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Lassonde) to further develop their automated patient transfer solution to incorporate the necessary recognition of space and objects.
“Able Innovations is on a journey to eliminate the need for archaic lifts and slings and physical labour in the act of transferring patients by developing smart, semi-autonomous devices,” said Jayiesh Singh, CEO of Able Innovations. “Being awarded this fund plays a crucial role in the progression of our technology. We continue to push the boundaries on human-machine interaction and partnering with Dr. Michael Brown is exactly the type of foundation we need to build our smart platform on”.
LinkMentalHealth is a Vaughan business community member that has developed an online platform to ensure mental health services are accessible to anyone who wants or needs them, regardless of what they can afford. The company was recently recognized as a winner of the 9th Annual CEMEX-Tec International Social Innovation Award in Monterey, Mexico. Co-Founder Radwan Al-Nachawati represented Canada at an event that attracted more than 1000 applicants from 67 countries.
The award honours individuals and organizations that develop high calibre, impactful proposals and implement progressive projects in sustainable development, innovation, and social entrepreneurship, and which foster economic development, social involvement of communities, and the preservation of natural resources.
“We’re excited to receive this award and meet other leaders doing incredible things to positively impact their communities,” says Al-Nachawati. “It’s an honour to attend the week-long summit in Mexico, and we learned invaluable lessons from a global community of social entrepreneurs.”
Interested in opportunities to connect with these businesses and others like them in Vaughan’s innovation community?
Now in its 18th year, the Vaughan Business Expo is an annual event bringing together leading businesses from Vaughan and beyond. Check out this year’s Innovators Zone to connect with technology-focused firms, up-and-coming start-ups and leading tech experts building the smart cities of tomorrow.
Register to exhibit or attend here.