Tell us about your partnerships
The Vancouver Foundation, the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition, the City of Vancouver, and Vancity have been amazing funding partners through our launch and first year of operations. We also have memberships with The Canadian Worker Co-op Federation, the British Columbia Co-ops Association, Loco, and the Social Venture Institute.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your solution? If so, where and why?
We believe that cargo trikes are the most appropriate technology for small and mid-sized packages in urban areas anywhere. As the first enterprise of its kind in Canada and one of the first in North America, our impact will be strongest in these areas.
We want to be copied. Another similar enterprise has already launched in Victoria, BC, and many other young entrepreneurs (from Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and even Edmonton) have contacted us to discuss the possibility of replicating our solution in their city. We've done our best to support them and will continue to develop resources to share.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
Our internal values are appreciation, empowerment, and good work ethic. As a worker-owned social enterprise, we are privileged to attract incredibly passionate, dedicated, and hard-working employees. Each employee is offered an equal share of ownership in the business so that everyone has a strong personal motivation to excel in their role and ensure the success of the enterprise.
For this reason, we believe that the worker co-op model is ideally suited for innovative start-up projects.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
We are seeking about $80,000 in investment this year to support our business development and fleet expansion. This will facilitate the growth and long-term sustainability/success of our social enterprise. We plan to meet this need from a variety of sources including investment from members, friends and family, as well as grants.
We can partner to offer promotional campaigns on our unique trikes.