The Story: Daniel Dubois has always had an interest in turning a profit by empowering consumers. Customers at his childhood lemonade stand outside the family’s Vancouver home always complained about the price, “even if I lowered it to five cents.” But when he let people pay what they wanted, suddenly loonies and toonies came his way. That early lesson informed Dubois’s other ventures, including two clothing lines launched in elementary and high school, and finally ShareShed. Dubbed the “Airbnb of things,” ShareShed connects people looking to rent outdoor sporting goods with the considerable number of people who have gear gathering dust. “Younger generations aren’t looking to own,” says the Capilano University business student—but they are, he contends, willing to support the emerging sharing economy and create profits by building a more sustainable, affordable world.
Markers of Success: ShareShed has earned Dubois a spot as entrepreneur-in-residence at Hootsuite’s Next Big Thing Foundation, which kicked in $10,000 in startup funds. ShareShed also won $100,000 in in-kind support after placing first in the region at the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards. —Jessica Barrett
Meet Daniel Dubois and the rest of the 2015 30 Under 30 winners at this year's celebration event!
BCBusiness 30 Under 30
Our 30 Under 30 celebrates B.C.'s young guns who excel in their respective industries, give back to their community and planet and who will lead business in this province for years to come. Each year, winners of our 30 Under 30 will be featured in the April issue of BCBusiness and on BCBusiness.ca, with one exceptionally amazing young world-changer gracing that issue's cover.
"ShareShed connects people looking to rent outdoor sporting goods with the considerable number of people who have gear gathering dust"