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HUB Ottawa Celebrates Three Years of Community Impact – the successes and the failures

A concept not unlike a gym membership – HUB members pay a monthly fee and get access to the facilities, but rather than cardio equipment and weights, they gain use of their downtown office space: a naturally lit room, internet, phone lines, meeting spaces, fridge, microwave, and all the coffee anyone could want. And not just tangible things – become part of the conversation and tap into the wealth of information shared among the community members, connect with like-minded individuals. It’s the perfect place for entrepreneurs and small businesses with big ideas.

HUBs are located all over the world: Switzerland, Serbia, Italy – and Ottawa is Canada’s one and only. Last year alone, the global Impact HUB community supported more than 400 social enterprises and helped generate $150 million in new revenue.

“HUB Ottawa is the home for social innovation in Canada’s capital,” says lead strategist & co-founder Vinod Rajasekaran. “We want to be part of building a stronger future for the people of Ottawa, connecting them to a locally-rooted, world-class network of inspiration, innovation and change.”

HUB Ottawa has supported more than 400 projects – nonprofits, change makers, and startups such as CigBins, the new Ottawa Tool Library, and the creation of Canada’s first EcoDisctrict.

“I don’t think it’s an accident that Ottawa went from boring to cool right around the same time that HUB Ottawa came along. The HUB has helped me be a better social entrepreneur,” says Greg Searle, founder of Harvest Noir.

Focusing not only on their successes, the HUB acknowledges some of the failures from this past year and what they’ve learned.

Last Thursday, Ottawa’s Impact HUB turned three marked the milestone by releasing The Impact/Failure Report (found here). The report also examines the “HUB effect” on community goals, connectivity, professional development, creativity, and features messages from local notables and “Hubbers,” including: Mayor Jim Watson, CEO of Shopify, Tobias Lutke, and Eric Chan, digital artisan better known by his brand, eepmon.

Coming up at the HUB…

Brown Bag Lunch – Thursdays 12-1 p.m. Weekly lunch & learn topics, free for members and $10 for non members. This week’s topic (Thurs., Dec. 3) is Civic Innovation: How citizens and cities can change the world. Calendar and more info here.

This Thursday, Dec. 3, the HUB hosts a Holiday Night Market, DJ Fun will spin the beats to your shopping – find a variety of local talent selling some of their handmade goodies: art, jewels, clothes, skin care, food, and more.

Weekly ‘Wine Down’ Fridays 5-7 p.m. – a casual, BYOB event where members meet & mingle to wind down the work week and kick start the weekend. Special themes include Ottawa Wave Makers book launch on Friday, Dec. 11th

Ottawa Wave Makers grant winner, Tabatha Soltay from TabTalks has created an ocean awareness game called Shrimps Matter. Celebrate the release and try out the game at the HUB Tuesday, Dec. 15.