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Social Innovation at Ryerson University

CNE Innovation Garage


This past weekend, several social enterprise startups from Ryerson’s zone network participated in the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)’s Innovation Garage.

Hosted in an “activation space” that was designed in collaboration with students from Ryerson’s Design Fabrication Zone (DFZ), the young entrepreneurs rotated through their demonstrations over the course of the weekend and spoke with CNE-goers about their passions and ventures.

Social ventures included:

*no campfire required, a unique partnership that is passionate about creating a space for humans to tell stories and connect with each other through shared experience.

Electrefy, developer of a DC “fast charger” that is capable of recharging an electric vehicle up to 80 per cent in less than 20 minutes. This product has been integrated into the smart grid and can recharge itself during off-peak hours.

Plug’n Drive, a non-profit organization committed to accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles.

Weavair, creators of functional materials and wearable products that monitor, purify and condition the air.

MicrobeHub, an initiative to broaden sustainability at Ryerson by educating the community on the benefits of vermi-composting.

AccessNow, an app that uses crowdsourcing to collect and share accessibility information about places across the province and globally.

Candy Cutlery, a B2B youth-led startup that creates edible spoons in order to promote the importance of global plastic waste reduction.

Gimme360, a startup apparel company that uses its designs to bring attention to pressing social issues, such as the lack of access to water globally.

Komodo OpenLab, a startup that enhances the accessibility of mainstream technologies by developing advanced solutions, such as Tecla, a device that facilitates access to technology without the use of hands for people with mobility impairments.

The Innovation Garage also featured several startups that were incubated at Ryerson’s DMZ in the Paypal Startup Zone, including SmoothPay and PawCharge.


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