Our Story

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We’re on a mission to help impact-driven leaders like you connect with community, build skills, and grow your movement.

At the centre of social innovation in the nation’s capital, Impact Hub Ottawa is where innovators, entrepreneurs, and grassroots leaders can connect, collaborate and change the world. Want in?

Agents of change

People, place and programs designed to empower changemakers to do good better. 

In our coworking space and across our digital ecosystem, our members gain access to a fiercely supportive and skilled community — helping take their mission-driven ventures to the next level.

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“The Hub isn't a place, it is a collection of incredible individuals working for change. Being a member allows you to access and contribute to that rich resource of colleagues, experts, and supporters.”

— Jonathan Wade, Social Delta, Focus on Global Goal #17

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Where we started

In 2011, six young leaders noticed a critical gap in their city. Without a meaningful space to connect, local changemakers were working in silos, missing out on opportunities to collaborate and grow their impact.

So they joined forces. 

With a fierce community behind them, they worked on creating a community space where people could come together and drive social change. After countless meetups, consultations and design sprints, Impact Hub Ottawa — with a dedicated Board of Directors, impact investors, and volunteers — officially launched in 2012. 

Community co-creation and grassroots engagement are at the heart of everything we do.

10 years of collective impact

Impact Hub Ottawa began as a vibrant community space for changemakers to connect, collaborate and grow.

Today, we’ve enhanced our offering to make our network of impact-driven leaders, experts and community builders accessible to our members, wherever they are — online, and in-person.

Whether you’re dropping in for a Brown Bag Lunch, connecting with a coach, or meeting our city’s brightest at our members-only events, our unwavering commitment is to helping you, our members, in building a better tomorrow.

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By the numbers

Changemakers make up our community at Impact Hub Ottawa
Invested in Ottawa’s economy, every year
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Locally rooted, globally connected

Our members gain access to a global network of 107 Hubs — the largest, fastest growing network of social innovators in the world.

A world of impact is out there, from Amsterdam to Zagreb and Ottawa to Oaxaca.

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Your community is waiting for you. Ready to grow?

Connect with like-minded changemakers at the heart of social impact in downtown Ottawa.

First time coworking? Explore our space, on us.

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