Would you trust a stranger to drive your car? If so, you may be the perfect customer for Getaround, a San Francisco-based car-sharing company co-founded by Jessica Scorpio, BAHons/09. Members use a website or smartphone app to rent fully insured cars from other members for $3 to $75 an hour.
Dawn Wintour, BID/06, spent a year honing her industrial design chops in the design department of Ikea in Sweden, where she created a line of flatware. Next, she founded Akeru Industrial Designs, through which she has designed tools, housewares, and other products for clients such as Umbra.
Keeping municipal governments transparent and ethical is the goal of public policy and administration doctoral candidate Christian Bordeleau. His Montreal-based company, Intangible Gouvernance, studies city governments scientifically. If they meet a wide range of good governance criteria, the firm certifies them to its IGO (indicators for governance in organizations) standard.
Download Elias Majic’s free Ottercall iPhone or iPad apps, and you can brush up your Spanish or French pronunciation anytime. Majic, currently studying for his MEng in technology innovation management, founded Ottercall in 2010. He also creates custom language software for such clients as the Royal Saudi Air Force.
Clients using software by Nuket Nowlan, MASc/11, may look as though they’re playing a super-realistic video game, but they’re actually learning career skills. Through her two-year-old company, 3D Virtual Crafting, Nowlan creates learning software that simulates real-life situations—such as a domestic violence simulation that helps new social workers learn how to respond.
Doctoral candidate Kostyantyn Khomutov, BEng/07, MASc/09, is also CEO of Smart Rotor Systems, whose patented technology reduces both noise and vibration produced by helicopter rotors. That makes for both a smoother ride and decreased costs—helicopters equipped with the technology will be up to $100,000 cheaper to run annually.
If you’ve designed a battery and want to make sure it works safely, Mike Farrington, BA/77, and Judy Lockwood, BScHons/80, can help. In its custom-built facilities, Farrington, Lockwood Company Limited has been conducting dangerous specialized testing of both lithium and chemical batteries for more than 25 years.
Former provincial figure-skating champion Valerie Nicholls, BScHons/10, drew on both her competitive sport background and her neuroscience studies at Carleton to create Actin Fitness, an Ottawa training company whose workouts focus on both brain and body. Clients range from the New Democratic Party to a retirement home.