Groundit

"You see trash. We see potential"

We transform food waste and used coffee grounds from cafes into a high quality compost to help boost local food security.

Use Case

We have two types of users: coffee shop owners and gardeners. Coffee shop owners use our service to get rid of their used coffee grounds and organic waste at a competitive rate thus, providing us with a raw material for our compost. Once the compost is completed we sell it to nurseries, farmers and gardeners within the same region at an affordable price. Our primary users will benefit from good visibility and increased customer loyalty. On the other hand, our secondary users will benefit from our compost since it is safer and provides them with a rich soil amendment that contributes to local environmental sustainability.

Potential

Groundit is the first company of its kind worldwide. It has the potential to increase food security because it provides access to cheap, safe and efficient soil amendment for institutions and growers within cites. We aim to create high impact, localized supply chains that not only decrease the carbon footprint of the food production but also increase resilience of cities. Since a lot of artificial fertilizers are expensive and rely on non-renewable resources, we can offer cities a cheaper, viable alternative to fertilize their crops and community gardens.

Business Case

We aim to create local supply chains between coffee shop owners and their local communities. Instead of putting their nutrient-rich coffee and food waste in the trash, it will be picked up by Groundit on a weekly basis and then transformed into premium compost by Groundit with the help of our aerated static pile system. The finished product will be sold to gardeners, nurseries and farmers within the region. Thus, Groundit has two revenue streams: a hauling fee for cafes and selling compost. Our double stream revenue model allows us to haul and sell the compost at an affordable price for both clients since our costs are mitigated between coffee shops and gardeners. We plan to run our hauling vehicles using biodiesel made from used vegetable oil.

Objectives:

  1. To reduce CO2 emissions of cities by diverting waste from landfills and offering a soil amendment that is less energy intensive.
  2. To boost local food security of cities by providing a cheap, safe and effective alternative to synthetic fertilizers for the community.
  3. To enforce social reinsertion of ex-convicts, homeless and disabled persons through our operations.

Team Groundit

Montréal, Canada

Our Team

Groundit is off the ground! / Published November 28, 2015 by Mitalie Makhani

Groundit is off the ground!

Hey coffee lovers!

We managed to refine our concept even with Mitalie's comprehensive exam and Audrey's final exams...almost died in the process! (Joke :P) Groundit is a really promising start-up and has huge potential in terms of food security!!! The design lab is definitely more challenging and time consuming than we would have initially thought... but its a great tool to get ideas going! :)

Working hard to get Groundit off the ground! / Published October 18, 2015 by Mitalie Makhani

Working hard to get Groundit off the ground!

Late night brainstorming session with a little help from the felines at Le Café des Chats, Montreal.

Our Mission

In order to feed 9 billion people, it is primordial to maximize crop productivity without compromising on soil health, safety and CO2 emissions....and Groundit has just the perfect solution! Our mission is to increase the growth rate of gardens and to reduce the carbon footprint of cafés by transforming their waste into a superior quality natural compost. By combining the right amount of coffee grounds with green-waste of coffee shops (i.e. tea bags, cardboard, compostable cups and food residue), we can produce a rich mixture that is safer and better for gardeners to use. Coffee is an excellent substitute to chemical fertilizers and manure since it contains more nitrogen per volume and is rich in other macronutrients. Plus, coffee grounds are readily available and wasted from more than 700 cafés on the island of Montreal. We are committed to redirect this waste from landfills and to increase local food security in the process. Although Groundit is an initiative that started in Montreal, we plan on expanding it internationally by harvesting partnerships between cafés and the local community they are in, without relying on any export to distribute the compost!

Our Background

Groundit is off the ground! / Published November 28, 2015 by Mitalie Makhani

Groundit is off the ground!

Hey coffee lovers!

We managed to refine our concept even with Mitalie's comprehensive exam and Audrey's final exams...almost died in the process! (Joke :P) Groundit is a really promising start-up and has huge potential in terms of food security!!! The design lab is definitely more challenging and time consuming than we would have initially thought... but its a great tool to get ideas going! :)

Working hard to get Groundit off the ground! / Published October 18, 2015 by Mitalie Makhani

Working hard to get Groundit off the ground!

Late night brainstorming session with a little help from the felines at Le Café des Chats, Montreal.

Our Team

Our Mission

In order to feed 9 billion people, it is primordial to maximize crop productivity without compromising on soil health, safety and CO2 emissions....and Groundit has just the perfect ...Read More

Our Background

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The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.