Making Change Possible
Every great innovation needs a spark. For our teams and attendees, the socially and environmentally conscious organizations who sponsor and partner with The Breakout Project are that spark. Without their commitment to investing in the future, none of this is possible.
The Breakout Project is honoured and grateful to be working with these esteemed partners and sponsors.
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Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2017, and Ontario150 is keeping the celebration going all year round by supporting and funding events and programs across the province. The grant programs created by Ontario150 will help municipalities, community groups and not-for-profit organizations to celebrate Canada’s history, explore opportunities for the future, and build social and cultural legacies for future generations.
City of Kingston
The City of Kingston manages the city’s facilities, infrastructure, and local services, building a thriving and energized community with economic and employment growth and prosperity. The City of Kingston protects Kingston’s proud history and cherished traditions while setting its sights on the change and new ideas that keep this city at the forefront of innovation.
Tourism Kingston / Kingston Accommodation Partners
This vibrant city attracts tourists, businesses, and youth alike. With its picturesque historic backdrop, culinary and cultural wonders, and the convergence of great minds in several higher-learning institutions, Kingston is perfectly positioned to become Canada’s leading technology and startup hub. Visit Kingston has all the information residents, tourists, and newcomers need to sightsee, study, work, live, and play in Kingston, Ontario.
Kingston Accommodation Partners
This unified group of Kingston-area hotel owners works tirelessly to ensure that all visitors to our city have an amazing experience. We work in partnership with KAP to provide all visiting attendees of The Breakout Project everything they need to enjoy their overnight stays in Kingston.
Kingston Economic Development Corporation
KEDCO oversees, promotes, attracts and retains business in the Kingston community to ensure long-term economic sustainability, driving jobs and investment into the Kingston community. Their mission is to maintain and grow Kingston as a city “where private and public enterprises thrive, individuals and entrepreneurs grow, and a diversity of people want to visit, live, work and do business.”
Kingston Trolley Tours
Kingston Trolley Tours offers Hop On, Hop Off tours of historic Kingston, Ontario, aboard four comfortable thirty-two passenger trolleys. The Trolley is the ideal way to enjoy Kingston’s history and attractions.
Our GPS-triggered narration system complements your experienced tour guide; together they provide an informative, engaging overview of Kingston’s more than three hundred years of history. The Trolley route covers all of Kingston’s historic old town and downtown shopping district, as far East as Fort Henry and as far West as the Kingston Penitentiary.
Smart & Biggar
Smart & Biggar is Canada’s largest intellectual property and technology law firm. We work with global and domestic businesses and law firms, to help them secure, protect and maximize the value of their innovations and intellectual property investments in Canada.
Consistently recognized as the leading Canadian IP firm by a wide range of third party domestic and international rankings, we have been providing the world’s most successful and innovative businesses with sophisticated and creative IP solutions for over 100 years.
From five offices across Canada, and through a worldwide network of associate firms, we offer the full complement of intellectual property services, across all practice areas including:
- Licensing & IP Transactions
- IP Management & Strategic Counselling
- IP Litigation
- Copyright & Media
- Industrial Design
- Life sciences & Regulatory Compliance
- Marketing & Advertising
K-Rock 105.7 is Kingston’s BEST Rock!
Playing the best of the best from AC/DC, Finger Eleven, The Tragically Hip, ZZ Top, Foo Fighters, Big Sugar, U2, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nickelback, Eric Clapton, Green Day, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and more!
Northcloud is a Technology Agency providing digital fulfillment and execution services to brands, agencies and startups.
Our mission as a Technology Agency is to facilitate our digital clients in delivering complex technology projects on time, on budget and on scope with measurable business results
We bring Technology, Strategy, Execution and Analytics to ensure solutions delivered meet business objectives to ensure an overall positive outcome for our clients as well as users. Solutions we offer include eCommerce platforms, Content Management Systems, Mobile Applications and Custom Software development.
Server Cloud Canada
Server Cloud Canada (SCC) is a leader in the enterprise virtual datacentre environment, specializing in turnkey solutions that help companies of all sizes effectively and efficiently transition to a private cloud-based infrastructure.
We’re one of the biggest geographically redundant deployments of HP Matrix infrastructure in the country, and we’re 100% owned and operated within Canada.
SCC is a client-focused company, committed to developing cloud infrastructure technology and solutions unparalleled in Canada.
St. Lawrence Parks Commission
The St. Lawrence Parks Commission proudly protects and makes accessible thousands of hectares of park land and attractions including Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada, Upper Canada Village, and various campgrounds, beaches, sanctuaries and nature trails. These cultural treasures draw tourists from around the world and provide recreational opportunities for residents.
Jack Astor’s Bar and Grill
Our mission? Great people helping other great people totally have a blast while enjoying amazing food. Wow, that was a mouthful. But can you blame us? We’re a restaurant. One that specializes in delicious food and great times. Our goal is to make you laugh. And depending on your hot sauce tolerance, cry. In all seriousness, we take real pride in our food.
St. Lawrence College
The core of our existence is based on providing innovative learning opportunities to all our students, full-time or part-time, in the classroom, on the web, and on the job. Our innovation delivers value to our students, partners and communities.
St. Lawrence College has campuses in Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall.
The UPS Store Kingston
The UPS Store is a locally owned and operated business services franchise providing back office support services to small and medium businesses in the YGK area. Logistics, print and mail services are our core competencies.
Black Dog Hospitality
Located in historic downtown Kingston, the Black Dog Hospitality Group of restaurants and catering are locally owned and operated. We use premium ingredients, often sourced locally, and feature carefully selected wine lists, craft beer and artisan cocktails. Enjoy exceptional service in our unique vibrant settings including our sunny sidewalk patios.
Downtown Kingston! BIA
The Downtown Kingston! Business Improvement Area (BIA) is an association of more than 700 businesses located in the core commercial area of the City of Kingston. The BIA promotes Downtown Kingston! as the vibrant and healthy commercial, retail, residential, and entertainment centre of our region, attracting more people to live, shop, work and gather.
Join us as we expose real city history and debunk widespread misconceptions about topics in our past that are routinely taken for granted. We will explore the secretive, scandalous and gritty history that this city doesn’t want you to hear.
Our guided adventures and tours will make you actually want to go to a museum! Perfect for an evening out, a date night, or something added into an all around fun night in Kingston.
Spearhead Brewing Company
Founded in 2011 Spearhead Brewing Company is an independent craft brewery located in Ontario, Canada. At the heart of Spearhead is our passion for brewing off-the-hook beers that we call Beer Without Boundaries. In concert with Sam Roberts Band, Spearhead presents Session Ale, a rocking blend of English and American ale characteristics, featuring distinct notes of caramel, subtle undertones of biscuit and a dry, zesty finish that strikes a refreshing chord.
VIA Rail operates Canada’s national passenger rail service on behalf of the Government of Canada and provides a safe, cost-effective and environmentally responsible service from coast to coast. Use 13523 for 10% off the best available fare.
Art the Science
Art the Science is a Canadian nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing scientific knowledge communication to inform and benefit the public. We facilitate cross-disciplinary relationships between artists and scientists to foster Canadian science-art culture.
Collins Blay LLP
Collins Blay LLP is a vibrant, full-service Chartered Professional Accounting firm located in the beautifully restored Smith Robinson building in historic downtown Kingston, Ontario. We provide financial statement assurance and accounting services, corporate, personal, charity and trust tax compliance services, advanced taxation planning services, business succession planning, international taxation advisory services, basic bookkeeping and small business accounting advice.
Kingston Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce is a member organization delivering high-value products, services and opportunities to businesses, with a focus on advocacy, networking and education. The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce will be recognized as the “Voice of Business” dedicated to Kingston being Canada’s most sustainable city.
KPMG operates in over 35 locations across Canada. The firm’s more than 700 partners and more than 6,000 employees provide crucial services to many of the top business, not for profit and government organizations in Canada. We work closely with our clients, helping them to manage risks and take advantage of opportunities.
RateHub.ca is an online comparison platform for mortgage rates, credit cards, deposits, and insurance offered by Canada’s major banks, neighbourhood credit unions and brokers. RateHub allows Canadians to compare thousands of rates from hundreds of providers with just a few easy clicks. RateHub is passionate about providing transparency to its users to help them research and compare financial product, make more informed decisions, and save money. RateHub takes complex financial products (mortgages, credit card reward programs, bank account teasers and fees, GICs, etc.) and breaks them down into a ways Canadians can understand.
Salute Financial Entrepreneurs
Salute lives by ten key ingredients to help its customers increase their financial success: independence, pay for performance, passionate, pooled investment fund, personal perspective, planning model that is “goal-based”, flexible fee structure, boutique service philosophy, think big, and measure everything.
Viner, Kennedy, Frederick, Allan & Tobias LLP
We provide insightful, high quality legal service to every client by combining the specialized complementary practices of our lawyers. We serve individuals, businesses, banks, and government institutions with a broad range of sophisticated legal issues.
As trusted and creative advisors, we work hard to help our clients solve problems, resolve disputes, capture opportunities, and make their businesses prosper and grow.
What started as an app to request premium black cars in a few metropolitan areas is now changing the logistical fabric of cities around the world. Whether it’s a ride, a sandwich, or a package, we use technology to give people what they want, when they want it.
C.E.O. Tribe is the flagship exclusive online community that brings together expert knowledge from successful business leaders into one central portal. In this hub, executives find training tools and materials to develop their skills through structured, rewarded learning, insightful content, goal tracking, and community engagement.
Centre for Social Innovation
The story of the Centre for Social Innovation begins way back in 2003, when a group of visionary social entrepreneurs decided that something wasn’t working in the social mission sector. Too many organizations were working out of isolated and substandard facilities. They asked themselves some core questions: How can we improve access to office facilities? How can we lower the cost of administration and let organizations focus on their missions? How can we tear down the silos that keep organizations apart? And, how can we best catalyze social change?
Part of the answer came in the form of the Robertson Building at 215 Spadina Avenue in Toronto, which had been recently purchased by Urbanspace Property Group. With generous support from the landlord, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Harbinger Foundation, the Centre for Social Innovation Spadina opened its doors to 14 founding tenants in 5,000 sq. ft. of space in June 2004 – one of the very first coworking spaces in the world!
The model worked. It meant sharing ideas, strategies and experience. It meant collaborating, learning, growing and becoming resilient in ways never imagined in isolation. And so we grew! We now have over 2,500 members and five locations, including two buildings we bought and renovated thanks to our innovation in social finance the Community Bond.
The video below tells the story of our journey from 5,000 sq. ft. to New York City. But so much has already changed since then: we recently bought the 64,000 sq. ft. Murray Building in downtown Toronto with the help of 227 community investors and we’re expanding through our affiliates network, CSIx!
As one of the largest innovation hubs in Montreal, District 3—an incubator and accelerator based at Concordia University—puts the necessary tools, resources and knowledge in the hands of innovation leaders and entrepreneurs to move from idea to impact with confidence. In 2016, District 3 was awarded the Startup Canada Entrepreneur Award for the Quebec region.
Change the world by design.
EDIT is an 150,000-square-foot immersive experience that envisions a world transformed by remarkable design, innovation and technology solutions. Produced by Design Exchange, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme, this groundbreaking inaugural festival will ignite conversations through an array of curated exhibits, compelling talks, and inspiring installations. Bringing life back to the abandoned Unilever Detergent factory in Toronto’s Port Lands, EDIT challenges visitors and participants to consider how we can make the world a better place. Together.
The DMZ is the leading business incubator for tech startups in Canada. We help startups build great businesses by connecting them with customers, capital, experts and a community of entrepreneurs and influencers. For us, this means creating an environment where you can focus on scaling your business. We help with the rest.
We are a social action platform for a global generation that wants to solve the world’s biggest challenges. On our platform you can learn about issues, take action on what matters most and join a community committed to social change. We believe we can end extreme poverty by 2030, because of the collective actions of Global Citizens across the world.
Innovation Park at Queen’s University
Innovation Park at Queen’s University is a community of innovators and specialists where entrepreneurs, industry, academia, government, and not-for-profits work together to cultivate ideas, identify and transform technological discoveries, and propel innovations into the marketplace.
Queen’s University, PARTEQ Innovations, the Launch Lab Regional Innovation Centre, and the Southeastern Ontario Angel Network deliver the InnovationXL suite of programs and services to accelerate the growth and retention of high potential technology-based startups and SMEs in Eastern Ontario. Supported by the National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program, InnovationXL forms part of a broader collaboration with Invest Ottawa and L-SPARK, a B2B SaaS incubator and accelerator, to strengthen the regional innovation ecosystem in Eastern Ontario.
Co-located at Innovation Park, Queen’s, PARTEQ, Launch Lab, SOAN, the Kingston Economic Development Corporation, Ontario East, NRC-IRAP, Enviro Innovate Corporation, CMC Microsystems, GreenCentre Canada, and the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce, among others, work together to support entrepreneurs, startups, and SMEs and facilitate their access to specialized resources.
Launch Lab is a Regional Innovation Centre and member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, a provincially-funded network of resources for entrepreneurs. As a RIC, our regional boundaries consist of most of southeastern Ontario (Trenton, down to Picton, over to Cornwall, and back up and around through Smiths Falls and Bancroft).
Our head office is in Kingston at Innovation Park but our team of Entrepreneurs In Residence operate throughout the region. We work with tech-based businesses that have an innovative technology or idea, and a variety of new startups who are experiencing challenges and looking to grow.
Our purpose is to foster entrepreneurship and the commercialization of innovations to help build globally competitive companies in Eastern Ontario.
At SoJo, we believe that social entrepreneurship is the future of business and with the right tools and support, anyone can launch a project, solution or venture that can make money and make a positive difference in the world.
You may have noticed we use the terms ‘entrepreneurship’ and ‘social entrepreneurship’ interchangeably – that’s not an accident, just our sly attempt to blur the lines between the two. To succeed as a social entrepreneur, you need all the skills and business acumen of an entrepreneur; and to build a 21st century business that will appeal to a broad audience and leave a lasting impact, you need to be thinking like a social entrepreneur.
Our mission is to make social entrepreneurship the new normal for business by improving the business training and skills development available to social entrepreneurs and integrating these tools into ‘traditional’ entrepreneurship spaces. We’ve been active in the social entrepreneurship field since 2012 and in late 2014 launched as the for-profit social venture we are today.
LEAP – The Centre for Social Impact
The mission of the Centre is to pioneer the venture philanthropy model in Canada by merging great ideas from non-profits, leading knowledge from our Sector Partners, and smart money from strategic investors to achieve massive social impact.
Our vision is to create a portfolio comprised of non-profit organizations advancing game-changing interventions to address barriers to health, education and employment, generating $1 billion of economic impact per year at scale.
LEAP is inspired by the life of David Pecaut, corporate strategist and civic entrepreneur. Our founders—Kilian Berz, Sam Duboc, Joe Manget and Helen Burstyn, alongside BCG—created the Pecaut Centre in 2012 to honour David’s legacy. The Pecaut Centre incubated LEAP.
McDougall Upper Canada
UCCIG is one of the largest insurance brokers specializing in commercial insurance in Eastern Ontario and the National Capital Region. With dedicated staff and years of experience, we are well positioned to handle any of your commercial insurance needs.
At Pro Makeup Coach our team is dedicated to ensuring that every client feels oh so pretty every time.
We are proud to offer Eastern Ontario an extensive array of luxurious makeup and professional beauty services at our exclusive beauty studio, Oooh La Loft, or at your desired location. We are also excited to announce the launch of Erin’s new cosmetic line, Oh So Pretty Cosmetics, which is available for purchase so you can feel Oh So Pretty, all of the time!