Five Ontario-based social enterprise ventures will compete for $20,000 in awards at Ontario Centres of Excellence’s (OCE) third Social Enterprise Pitch Competition, being held on May 1 at Discovery 2018.
A University of Toronto startup that sells vertical hydroponic growing systems has joined forces with a Ryerson University-linked non-profit to bring down the stratospheric cost of fresh fruits and vegetables in Canada’s northernmost communities.
The at-home hydroponic system from Just Vertical takes up two square feet and looks like a mid-century-modern credenza. It can grow up to 16 plants at once using 95 per cent less water than conventional gardening.
When looking down the barrel of global food insecurity, shortages of agricultural lands, and damaging fertilizers and pesticides it can be demoralizing. However, let me assure you there are some great companies and great people working on these challenges.