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Ripple Farms Harvest

Last November, Seneca Urban Farm by Ripple Farms at Newnham Campus celebrated its first official harvest with five pounds of leafy greens. Read more.


Seneca HELIX wins million-dollar grant from TD to change the career DNA of Midcareer Professionals

There are no crazy ideas in Kareen Hall-Clarke’s classroom. In fact, as one of the intrapreneurs to have recently come out of HELIX, Seneca’s on-campus incubator, Hall-Clarke is all for “crazy” ideas that she might encounter on the job — teaching students in the digital age. Read more.


Eco Seneca symposium tackles resilience 3-day event

Resilience can mean many things. But at Newnham Campus this week, it means climate adaptation.

“A mess has been made and we are all looking to you to fix it,” said Huma Pabani, Manager, National Issues, Government & Industry Relations from TD Insurance. Read more.


Chris Stoikos Visits Seneca

Chris Stoikos, founder of Dollar Beard Club and Shark Pond alumni, spent time mentoring HELIXers & then electrified the crowd with a uplifting, passionate & thought provoking talk. Read more.


Sharks' Pond Spotlight

On May 28, 2018, more than 250 prospective students, their families and friends visited Newnham Campus on Monday for Seneca’s Business Open House. A highlight of the evening was HELIX Sharks’ Pond event (Seneca’s version of Dragons’ Den). The audience heard pitches from entrepreneurial startups Beaut, Ripple Farms, Emerge ER and NAUTILUS Innovation Lab. Read more.


Pitching for Portugal

Toronto, June7, 2018 - Six HELIX entrepreneurs competed in a Dragons’ Den-style competition for the fourth annual EuroPITCH event at Newnham Campus. Read more.


Young Entrepreneurs bring back Memories

Lalith Ananda Gunaratne shares how being at the HELIX Spotlight event at Seneca brought him fond memories of the past. Read more.


Canadian Healthcare Technology: Youthful entrepreneurships adapt consumer technologies to healthcare

Story on HELIX’s second annual Summer Institute in the September issue of the Canadian Healthcare Technology. Read more.


Panel discussion on ‘Entrepreneurship and Innovation’ - ICCC

Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce partnered with Seneca for panel discussion on ‘Entrepreneurship and Innovation’. Read more.


2018 HELIX Summer Institute Pitch Event

Youth entrepreneurs from Seneca’s HELIX Summer Institute participated in a two-week innovation ‘boot camp’ to help improve patient care for the Child Services and Emergency units at Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH). Read more.


Nautilus Innovation Lab: Developing Nature-Inspired Technology to Fight Climate Change

Mexicans Christian Navarro and Carlos Bravo co-founded Nautilus Innovation Lab, a company that has as its core mission to improve people’s quality of life by developing technologies that are focused on the areas of renewable energy and water conservation. Read more.


El Financiero: Mexicanos consiguen 'lotus water' para el México pobre

Eduardo Torreblanca, Financial and Economic journalist, writes about one of HELIX venture Naturalis Innovation Lab and their newest project “Lotus Water”. Read more.


Breakfast Television visits Seneca’s urban farming unit

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. 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.” Read more.


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

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. Read more.


Memorandum of Understanding signed with Waterloo Sustainability Group

Within the framework of its goal to disseminate best practices and technologies in sustainable agriculture, the Waterloo Sustainable Development Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ripple Farms, setting in place the foundation for exploring collaboration in providing aquaponics agricultural solutions to international clients through WSDG’s global network. Read more.


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