Ripple Farms Inc. | Winner of the 2018 Social Enterprise Award – Ontario
“Before you spend a dollar – build your network.”
Ripple Farms Inc. is an organization that believes in growing the triple bottom line; people, planet, and profit.
The company works towards creating a better tomorrow by connecting people to food. Focused on inspiring the future farmers of tomorrow, the company brings the farm to the city, growing nutritious, traceable food 365 days of the year.
Operating Canada’s first Urban Farming unit, the company showcases new models of urban agriculture that can be replicated on a global scale, as the systems are not affected by weather, and need minimal energy requirements.
Their farms are designed to significantly reduce land pressure, water usage, waste, and Greenhouse Gas emissions, and proved to be 95% more efficient than conventional agriculture.
With changing growing seasons and ecosystems around the world, the company is educating consumers on a new way of thinking about food production to benefit the environment and collective society.
At the core of its operation, the company designs a better tomorrow, reducing our reliance on fossil fuel sources, and form a society that is aware of local food and the benefits of knowing your farmer and our food source to create a healthy planet and people.
Startup News had the opportunity to sit down with Steven Bourne, Co-Founder and CEO, to learn more.
SN: What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
SB: Entrepreneurship chose me – there are a lot of issues in today’s society, from inequality to systemic environmental degradation, and it’s up to us as the forward thinkers to find/create/deploy innovative solutions to tackle these issues.
SN: What is the biggest lesson you have learned to date?
SB: Never burn a bridge it’s been said to death, but that proves its worthiness.
SN: What advice do you have to those starting up today?
SB: Before you spend a dollar – build your network. People that have done it before are willing to help, not always financially, but in-kind. It’ll pay dividends in the future.
SN: What is the one thing you think we need to do as a nation, today, to position Canada as a global innovation and entrepreneurial leader?
SB: Young people need to get to the voting stations and make informed decisions. There are people now in positions of authority (politicians) who are making decisions for the short-term gain (sometimes their own financial gain), and those decisions are going to catch up to us, not them, in the future. We have to stop taking two steps forward and three back. The ‘Doomsday Clock’ is 2 min to midnight, and now’s the time to be making a significant change to our environmental, social, and economic injustices for the future state.
SN: What is your message to the world?
SB: Ask questions, challenge those answers, and think critically. We have one of the most valuable resources right in front of us – almost 9 Billion freethinkers.
SN: How have you benefited from being a recipient of the Startup Canada Awards so far?
SB: Most importantly, the networks and acknowledgement of our hard work