Change log: Startup briefs

ChangeLog is a summary of the latest news from the Ottawa startup community.

Shaw Centre partners with youth charity startup

Ottawa’s downtown convention centre has signed on as a founding partner of Mealshare Ottawa, the new local chapter of a national social venture working to end youth hunger. The organization partners with restaurants to offer particular items that, when a customer orders them, will result in Mealshare also providing a meal for a youth in need – it’s a “buy one, give one” scenario, as the firm describes it. The Shaw Centre committed $5,000 toward the organization’s startup costs until the Ottawa branch becomes self-sufficient in late 2017, according to a media release. Mealshare hopes to have more than two dozen participating restaurants in Ottawa by Labour Day.

Health startup launches courses for dementia treatment

Invest Ottawa portfolio company Fit Minds launched a new program this month that continues its rollout of cognitive health products and services for the treatment of dementia. The new program offers family members an online course with advice, activities, information and other resources to help build a “support structure” for the individual for which they care. In early 2016, the startup launched its individual cognitive stimulation therapy program, which is now being used across Canada by Retire-at-Home Services. In June, that program entered trials at the Brain Injury Association Peterborough Region as a potential treatment option for traumatic brain injuries.