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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 intrapreneurs 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


Breakfast Television visits Seneca’s urban farming unit

TV host calls on-campus unit "farm of the future"

When tech-expert and Breakfast Television host Winston Sih arrived at Ripple Farm’s urban unit at Newnham Campus, he knew he was someplace innovative. 

“This is the farm of the future … I’m so excited to be here” says Winston. 

Taking an early morning tour with Sustainable Business Management grad and HELIXer Brandon Hebor, four live segments were broadcast on Tuesday, March 20.  

Each segment gave viewers an inside look at the process behind this unique farm-to-fork system on campus. Seneca student and employee, Paula Echeveste Petrone, showed how she harvests fresh aquaponic crops on campus, including kale, romaine lettuce, parsley and mint. Chef Nancy from Dining Services then uses the produce to make healthy options in the Seneca cafeteria, such as green smoothies and tabbouleh salad.

This urban farming unit is Ripple Farms’ second location – the first at Evergreen Brickworks – and it brings its founders,  Brandon and Steven Bourne, back to their roots. “We were young lads with a picture and a dream,” says Brandon beaming. “We came to Chris Dudley at Seneca’s HELIX and he helped us, and supported us since day one.” 


Winston Sih from CITY TV's Breakfast Television spent the morning at @SenecaCollege's Newnham Campus interviewing Brandon Hebor, HELIXer and co-founder of Ripple Farms.  Please see the Breakfast Television segments below.

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.

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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