(TORONTO) 14 May 2018: A team of students in Halifax have created a franchise model selling imperfect produce at reduced prices through a monthly subscription.

The team was rewarded on Monday, May 14 at the 2018 Enactus Canada National Exposition, where they took home the award for BDC Project Accelerator Best Project for their initiative, Square Roots.

In the last year, Square Roots has expanded across the province, empowering 10 franchise owners to deliver over 30,000 lbs of imperfect produce to nine communities in need, connecting people who are food insecure with food that would otherwise have gone to waste.

“At BDC, we help entrepreneurs take their business further… and that’s exactly what Enactus Saint Mary’s has done through Square Roots,” says Michel Bergeron, Senior Vice President Marketing and Public Affairs,at BDC. “Our Enactus partnership allows us to help develop the next generation of business leaders that will help shape Canada’s future.”

The BDC Project Partnership, launched in 2011, is designed to empower Enactus teams with the skills and resources to make a meaningful difference in their communities through entrepreneurship.

The 2018 Enactus Canada National Exposition unites 1,500 delegates including the country’s brightest university and college students, academic professionals and top Canadian CEOs to enable progress by supporting entrepreneurial action through competition, recognition and education.

For competition results throughout the event, please follow @Enactus_Canada on Twitter. All event results will also be published on enactus.ca/events/national-exposition.



Enactus Canada, a national charity and the country’s largest post-secondary experiential learning platform, is shaping entrepreneurial leaders who are passionate about advancing the economic, social and environmental health of Canada. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, more than 3,300 post-secondary students led 275 community empowerment projects and business ventures last year in communities coast to coast, positively impacting over 26,000 lives.

As a global network of 36 countries, Enactus uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. For more information, visit enactus.ca.


BDC is the only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. It promotes Canadian entrepreneurship with a focus on small and medium-sized businesses. With its 118 business centres from coast to coast, BDC provides businesses in all industries with financing and advisory services. Its investment arm, BDC Capital, offers equity, venture capital and flexible growth and transition capital solutions. BDC is also the first financial institution in Canada to receive B Corp certification. To find out more, visit bdc.ca.

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