When Brandon Hebor and Steven Bourne quit their day jobs to start a green sustainable venture together, you could say they had a bigger fish to fry.
Graduates of the Sustainable Business Management (SBM) program, Brandon and Steven have been working out of a narrow shipping container parked at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto. Most of the square footage inside the container is taken up by an aquaponics system they built themselves, including two 300-gallon fish tanks.
The fish — about 150 tilapia — are the biological engines of Ripple Farms, a food-growing project based on fish poop and developed at Seneca’s on-campus incubator, HELIX. “HELIX has been with us from the start,” says Steven. “We’ve been connected with people from a wide array of disciplines, helping us navigate through this startup. We would be months behind without their advice and mentorship.”