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When one of serial entrepreneur Vikram Rangnekar’s posts about moving from Silicon Valley to Toronto went viral, he realized he struck a nerve. Shortly thereafter he launched MOV North, a membership-based website to share his journey through permanent residency and navigating his new city.
Isolated and disconnected from his team and colleagues, Ben Badwin realized he needed a support group so he launched The Founder City Project, a model for peer-to-peer learning and communication. He’s since added Founder City Talent to train the next generation of leaders.
After seven years running Queenie’s Cards online, Queenie Best decided to open a physical brick and mortar location on the Danforth. Thanks to her digital tools like Instagram, Square and her e-commerce website, the transition was smooth, giving her the freedom to expand her offerings.
As of May, the West Queen West Business Improvement Area has connected the neighbourhood between Bathurst and Ossington with free wi-fi. While Rob Sysak, executive director of the BIA, says he excited about being a first mover, he envisions a future where all neighbourhoods offer the service.
Toronto’s waterfront can bean icy place in the winter which is why the BIA partnered with local startup AP1 to leverage innovative proximity technology and a scavenger hunt application to get Torontonians out during the most unforgiving months.