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Solving real world challenges with venture and design thinking

HELIX is dedicated to developing the entrepreneurial mindset.  We accomplish this by providing knowledge, mentorship, sessions, workspace, access to like-minded peer community, and experiential opportunities.  HELIX focuses on two important outcomes:

1) The development and launch of successful, scalable and sustainable, young entrepreneur-led ventures.

2) Nurturing the entrepreneurial mind set to allow participants to become intraprenurs and innovate from within companies.

The HELIX space is physically located at Seneca’s Newnham campus but it runs programs at the other Seneca campuses, as well as in the broader Toronto and York Region community. There are no fees to the programs HELIX runs and it does not take any equity from startups.

The two stage HELIX program begins with the INNOVATION Strand, which is a series of entrepreneurial workshops and sector-specific support activities. The next step is the ACCELERATION Strand, providing further opportunity for dedicated enrolment in HELIX incubation activities and mentorship. Learn more


Ripple Farms wins $5,000 in William G. Davis Innovation Fund contest

Ripple Farms

Steven Bourne (left) and Brandon Hebor proudly show off their first aquaponics crops at Ripple Farms.

In October, Brandon Hebor and Steven Bourne, Sustainable Business Management graduates and co-founders of Ripple Farms, were named semifinalists in the contest that supports innovative thinking and initiatives. They were among 83 proposals submitted from across Ontario. Their project grows plants using recirculated water that has been fertilized by fish. The growing units, which are the size of a small trailer, combine a fish farm on the first level and an aquaponics growing bed on the second floor.

“The support we received from all departments at Seneca — from their facilities to HELIX, to the executives and everyone in between — really helped make this project a success,” says Brandon. “We’re really pleased with the interest and enthusiasm we’ve received for Ripple Farms and we have high hopes for the future.”

They currently have two urban farming units in operation, including one located at Newnham Campus, and have plans for expansion in the near future. Read more here.

To view past HELIX success stories, please click here.

To learn more about HELIX, email Kate Collins, call her at 416.491.5050 ext. 24081 or visit HELIX at Newnham Campus in Room A3060.

Donor Partners

Ontario Centres of Excellence
Ontario Centres of Excellence is a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs
City of Toronto
York Region
City of Markham
Richmond Hill
Venture Lab