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Ventures 2017


The organizations selected for the 2017 program are:


ChopValue Manufacturing creates innovative composite materials using recycled chopsticks. Developed by Felix Böck a UBC PhD student in the Faculty of Forestry, ChopValue aims to remove more than 100,000 disposable chopsticks that are sent to Vancouver’s landfill every day in order to give urban waste a second chance.


Grain sources, sells and mills 100 per cent Canadian grains and beans, aiming to reconnect customers with the sources of their dry goods. GRAIN rejects conventional practices of processing, storage and distribution.


Meatme is an online marketplace for consumers to connect with local farmers for healthy and honest meat. The company crowdfunds whole animals, then works with local butchers and logistic partners to deliver meat straight to customers’ doors.

Naledo Foods and Beverages Inc.

Naledo manufactures Truly Turmeric, a healthy and delicious paste that differs from powdered turmeric. Naledo ethically sources ingredients in partnership with Belizean farmers, helping them to build a brighter and more secure future for their families and communities.


Quupe ("koop") is an online rental platform that provides users a way to rent things from their neighbours. Founded by four master's students from the Centre for Digital Media, Quupe started with the realization that people have valuable things in their homes that sit around gathering dust, and now they want to get stuff out of storage and into the world, for everybody to own it.

Zero Waste Market

Zero Waste Market is a 100 per cent package-free grocer on a mission to reduce all food-related waste, including food waste and plastic pollution, and change the way people grocery shop. At Zero Waste Market, customers bring their own reusable containers to purchase local, organic and ethically sourced whole foods and home items.