While Yaletown was a previous ePACT investor, this is the first Canadian investment for Disruption Ventures.
Disruption launched in 2018 by Elaine Kunda to invest in North American early-stage companies founded and managed by women. North Vancouver’s ePACT was founded by Christine Sommers and Kirsten Koppang-Telford in 2012.
The idea for ePACT came from Ayumi, a survivor of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, who was separated from her family and unable to contact them by text, landline or cellular phone after the disaster.
A day after the earthquake hit, Ayumi was finally able to communicate via email with her parents, finding out her family had survived the natural disasters that hit her hometown of Fukushima.
ePACT is an online emergency network. Users build networks of family, friends, and organizations, store and exchange information and access web and mobile communication tools for use in a crisis.
ePACT is a graduate of Vancouver tech accelerator, GrowLab (now Highline) and has been recognized with numerous awards since being founded.