MappedIn is based at VeloCity, a University of Waterloo-run incubator that’s now five years old. Mike Kirkup, VeloCity’s director, says the program launched in a university residence. The idea, says Kirkup, was to “create a dorm where we can jam in 70 wannabe entrepreneurs and see what happens.” The program outgrew the dorm, then outgrew its next cramped space in the repurposed Lang Tannery in downtown Kitchener, Ont. Eventually, the program occupied more than 7,000 sq. feet when it opened the VeloCity Garage in a larger space in the refurbished tannery complex.
hree years after he and his co-founders launched MappedIn, which now builds interactive maps and apps that replace clunky, static boards in shopping malls, Liu’s team has grown to 13 employees (median age 23) and is worth millions.
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