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.
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.
With its kaleidoscopic range of neighbourhoods and well-stated role as the epicentre of commercial activity for retailers both big and small, it’s no surprise Toronto has become the epicentre for innovation in the retail sphere and a key proving ground for innovative analytics startups.