We’ve written about entrepreneurship in Edmonton before and why Edmonton is a fantastic place to launch a startup. The City government is business friendly, its people are forward thinking and always willing to embrace new ideas, and a decidedly entrepreneurial spirit permeates every facet of Edmonton life.
It is for these reasons and many more that we at SnowTapp firmly believe that Edmonton has what it takes to become the on demand capital of Canada. The ‘on demand’ economy blends service delivery with innovative technology to allow consumers to order services and products instantly. SnowTapp delivers on demand, peer-to-peer snow removal to the Greater Edmonton Area; as innovative as we would like to think we are, it’s worth noting that plenty of other Edmonton startups have pioneered the on demand model in their own respective sectors.
Let’s take a look at some of the exciting new Edmonton companies that are rapidly changing the way we interact with businesses and helping make Edmonton the on demand capital of Canada.
The courier business has always been tricky; between outrageous prices and ridiculously long wait times, getting packages delivered affordably and quickly has always been a challenge for Edmonton businesses. Propello aims to address that challenge by offering Edmonton businesses on demand delivery service that is fast, convenient, and reliable. You can have packages shipped out instantly and can order their services online, on the phone, or via email.
No one likes doing chores, especially when we live in a city as dynamic and fun-loving as ours. Squid Arms is an Edmonton-based startup company that connects you with fellow Edmontonians willing to do your chores for you. Whether you need your house cleaned or your dog walked, Squid Arms connects you with your community and makes ordering on demand chore services convenient, easy, and affordable.
Perhaps the City’s best example of on demand that’s making waves across the country is instaMek, an Edmonton-based company that lets you order a car mechanic whenever you need one, to wherever you happen to be. instaMek has been featured on Tech Vibes, the Financial Post, and CBC and operates in Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto.
Edmonton made national headlines when it became Canada’s first city to legalize Uber earlier this year. However, a local Edmonton startup took it a step further than ridesharing and introduced the concept of on demand carsharing to our great city. Pogo CarShare lets users instantly find a car in the City’s downtown core and reserve it for when they need to use it.
We’re excited for Edmonton and where it’s headed. We’re growing as a city and given the whole host of innovative, on demand companies that have launched in Edmonton over the past couple of years, we have little doubt that Edmonton has what it takes to become the on demand capital of Canada.