Dryden-based AgriTech North indoor farming operation is taking dwelling $100,000 because the inaugural winner of the Bears’ Lair Indigenous enterprise pitch competitors.
AgriTech North, led by Benjamin Feagin and Fabian Prince Velez, grows a wide range of lettuces, herbs and fruits on the warehouse-type facility, which is distributed to communities and First Nations throughout northwestern Ontario.
The corporate, which launched earlier this 12 months, competed towards 18 different Indigenous firms from throughout Canada for the prize cash.
Over a interval of six classes, which have been broadcast Aboriginal Peoples Tv Community (APTN), the shortlist was narrowed down to 6 semifinalists, and 4 superior to the finale, which aired on Nov. 6.
“Fabian and I are ecstatic to be awarded the honour of profitable the inaugural season of Bear’s Lair!” Feagin shared on social media after their win.
“There are such a lot of individuals who contributed to this success. We couldn’t have come this far with out the intimate mentorship, assist, and steering of these round us, together with the opposite members.”
AgriTech North has garnered a number of accolades for its mannequin of farming.
Earlier this month, the corporate received the Progressive Mission of the 12 months award from the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre, and this summer time, Feagin was named an Rising Indigeous Entrepreneur via the RBC Rock My Enterprise program.
With the $10,000 earned from the latter program, the corporate deliberate to roll out a brand new e-commerce program that might streamline the ordering course of for purchasers.
In the end, the corporate’s aim is to assist scale back the price of recent produce being shipped to distant Indigenous communities, making the consumption of recent meals extra reasonably priced for residents.