Tech Giveback Classic: The Corridor Charity Challenge of the Year

We all know that it takes a community to raise a startup. That’s why this holiday season, Velocity is giving back to the community and challenging others to do the same, with the 1st annual Tech Giveback Classic, running from December 3, 2018 – December 18, 2018.

Tech Giveback Classic will challenge the innovation communities across the Waterloo-Toronto tech corridor to donate items such as food, toys, and winter accessories, showing love and giving back to people in need so that more can enjoy a wonderful 2018 holiday season. All staff and startups associated with each tech community can participate. The goal is to donate lots and let everyone know that no one will be left behind this holiday.

So, who’s involved?

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Waterloo Accelerator Centre & The Food Bank of Waterloo Region

The Waterloo Accelerator Centre is aiming to alleviate hunger this holiday season. In Waterloo Region, more than 34,000 people are forced to make impossible choices about how to provide for their families. Therefore Waterloo Accelerator Centre is working with The Food Bank of Waterloo Region to collect and donate food for those in need.


Communitech & Reception House Waterloo Region

Communitech is looking to support refugees and their settlement in the Waterloo Region. For Tech Giveback Classic, they are collaborating and helping Reception House Waterloo Region, a community-based organization that provides a warm welcome to government-assisted refugees (GARs) through a number of programs and services designed to make their new life in Canada a success.

These programs and services assist refugees throughout their post-arrival and integration process, allowing them to lead healthy and productive lives in their new community.


MaRS Discovery District & Fred Victor Centre Toronto

MaRS has chosen to assist homeless and low-income individuals in Toronto.  This year, they are giving to Fred Victor, a social service charitable organization that fosters long-lasting and positive change in the lives of homeless and low-income people living across Toronto. Each day, more than 2,000 people use Fred Victor programs and services.

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RyersonDMZ & Food Banks Canada

The DMZ is also aiming to alleviate hunger this holiday season. For Tech Giveback Classic, they are supporting Food Banks Canada, who provides national leadership to relieve hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow in collaboration with the food bank network in Canada. Together with a network of more than 500 food banks and 3000 agencies, Food Banks Canada serves approximately 85% of people accessing emergency food programs nationwide.

People working in the Velocity Garage

Velocity & Toy Mountain 2018

Velocity decided to gift more fun to the boys and girls across the nation for the holidays. We are collecting a Velocity-sized mountain of toys to contribute to Toy Mountain 2018 for CTV Kitchener this holiday season. Toy Mountain will make holiday dreams come true for less fortunate children in the community with everything from new, unwrapped toys to cash donations. The 2018 CTV Toy Mountain Campaign in the Waterloo Region is supported by the Salvation Army and participating Canadian Tire locations in Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph and Elmira. making the joy of Christmas possible to families struggling to make ends meet.

This is the first time we’re showing how much we ♡ all communities across the corridor together! Let’s make this a new holiday tradition so we can invite other incubators, accelerators, and innovation districts to join in the fun next time!

Please use the following social media hashtags when you’re updating everyone else on the challenge progress: #techgiveback2018 #techgivebackclassic #happyholidays.