Taking flight for food security. We’re on it.

Pilotless airplanes deliver critical supplies in Northern Canada – and beyond.

What if your next trip to the grocery store was weeks away? Many residents of Canada’s remote northern communities rely on infrequent airline schedules for critical supplies – this is a fact of life. Waterloo startup Ribbit is poised to radically change that. By mobilizing a new generation of pilotless airplanes, Ribbit is on a mission to improve food security for everyone, everywhere.

4.4M Canadians

are impacted by food insecurity particularly women, children and Indigenous peoples in the North  (Parliament of Canada)

200+ test flight hours

collecting data to make pilotless flight even safer (Ribbit)

$1.3M contract

with Transport Canada and Innovative Solutions Canada to begin tests in remote regions (Ribbit)

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Our dream is a future where anybody can ship goods quickly and reliably no matter where they are.

Jeremy Wang

Jeremy Wang standing with Ribbit co-founder in front of a small plane within an airplane hanger

Jeremy Wang (Faculty of Engineering, PhD ’23) is the co-founder and COO of Ribbit. He’s an aerospace engineer, entrepreneur and Velocity alum with a passion for deep tech and an innate curiosity about people, systems and their problems. He's pictured here with Carl Pigeon, Ribbit co-founder.

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To bring affordable and dependable air service to remote communities, Ribbit transforms small, budget-friendly airplanes into cargo planes and equips them with self-flying technology. 

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