Project Sucseed

Empower. Grow. Sucseed.

A social enterprise providing a sustainable access to fresh produce through hydroponic units built by at-risk youth.

Use Case

To address issues of food security in Northern Canada, where unemployment and food prices are both higher than national averages, we created an innovative hydroponic growing system. Our system empowers members of these northern communities to grow their own produce, and gives them access to a fresh and sustainable source of healthy food. The users of our systems grow in community cooperatives, where they can share within their community, or sell their produce through local grocery stores. We offer training and support to all of our system operators so to ensure their success. All of our units are built by at-risk youth in our community, providing them with a reliable form of employment, and job training. We currently employ 6 youth who operate in a state-of-the-art workshop.

Potential

Compared to traditional growing methods, our system operates with 90% less water, provides a 75% higher yield, and can grow produce twice as fast. One system can grow up to 1000 pounds of food each year, and cost just 30 cents per day to operate, communities across the north no longer have to go without fresh produce. To innovate our hydroponic systems even further, we are currently building prototypes to be run off of renewable energy, exploring both solar and wind power. This will allow us to operate our systems virtually anywhere in the world, and open up opportunities in many international areas. We are already planning expansions to India, Romania, and Haiti. We can also change the scale of our units to accommodate different users and community groups.

Business Case

To fund our work in the North, we sell our systems through a retail model. Our systems are sold for $350.00 in a package that includes all the materials needed for one year of growing. The cost of building a system is $166, with $184 being re-invested into the program. We currently sell our systems to a wide variety of individuals and organizations. We have systems in over 30 school classrooms all across Newfoundland, as well as in 5 senior homes, we also have systems in correctional services facilities, soup kitchens, and private residences. The demand for our systems has been incredible, and has allowed us to implement over 250 systems across Canada, creating over $80,000 in revenue. We currently have expansions and sponsorships lined up to have upwards of 1000 units out in 2017.

Objectives:

  1. Provide sustainable access to fresh, healthy food.
  2. Provide jobs for underprivileged groups.
  3. Educate on the importance of healthy eating.

Team Project Sucseed

St. John's, Canada

Our Team

Our Mission

Project Sucseed is dedicated to using hydroponic technology, and entrepreneurial action to bring fresh, affordable food to Canada's North, while helping Canadians from coast to coast to empower themselves. We currently employ 6 at-risk youth to build hydroponic systems. These systems are then sold to retirement homes, schools, soup kitchens, and the general public. We have even secured a partnership with Tim Horton's Canada to put our systems in every elementary school in the country. The profit from our retail model is used to start community cooperatives in Northern Canada. We are currently operating over 300 Hydroponic systems across the country, and have cooperatives running in Newfoundland, Labrador, and Nunavut.

Our Background

Our team believes that sustainable entrepreneurship can make the world a better place. We believe that the answer to solving food insecurity is a small scale solution that empowers individuals to help themselves.

Our Team

Our Mission

Project Sucseed is dedicated to using hydroponic technology, and entrepreneurial action to bring fresh, affordable food to Canada's North, while helping Canadians from coast to coast to empower ...Read More

Our Background

Our team believes that sustainable entrepreneurship can make the world a better place. We believe that the answer to solving food insecurity is a small scale solution that ...Read More

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.