Tero

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Our vision

At Tero, our vision is to create a positive social and environmental impact globally by inspiring change in habits in the day-to-day management of food waste.

Our mission

Tero's mission is to inspire people to take action for the environment by conceiving the best organic waste recycling solutions.

The core values that guide the company's development are innovation, quality, social and environmental responsibility, and the pleasure of doing things well with a view to sustainability.

Fertilisant naturel au creux d'une main

Our story

Powerless in the face of the lack of composting solutions, Elizabeth and Valérie chose to work on the management of residual organic matter in homes during their graduation project for their bachelor's degree in product design at Laval University. Living in Quebec City, they did not have access to the municipal composting service and their apartment had no outdoor composting space. Indoor composting with earthworms (vermicomposting) is really not for everyone! They felt there was a lot to do to make composting finally enjoyable and accessible to all citizens and they wanted to take up this challenge.

To begin, they met with several experts in the field to get a good understanding of the life cycle of household waste. They visited the Régie Verte landfill site, the Lévis industrial composting centre, the Quebec City incinerator and many others. They then questioned, observed and met with several hundred citizens through questionnaires and interviews directly in their homes to learn more about their food waste management experience and to fully understand their needs.

Surprised to see how complex the management of compostable materials was, they found that citizens really want to do their part for the environment and are interested in composting, but they are hindered by several obstacles, fears and irritants.

"Odours are disgusting and flies are unpleasant."

"I don't compost because I don't have the space or the knowledge to do so."

"I would like to compost, but it's too complicated and I don't have the time!"

They realized that there was no composting solution that really met people's needs, so they created Tero.

Déchets organiques déposés dans l'appareil Tero à partir d'une assiette

The Tero device first mock-up
made by Valérie and Elizabeth in may 2017

Valérie et Elizabeth, Cofondatrices de Tero

Valérie and Elizabeth, at the launch of the sociofinancing campaign on 15 October 2019.

On October 15, 2019, they reached a key milestone in the development of Tero: the launch of a crowdfunding campaign on the Kickstarter platform that allowed people to pre-order a device by investing a certain amount of money. The month-long campaign allowed them to raise more than
$1 750 000. What a surprise and what an honour it is for them to have achieved their objective so quickly and to have, at the same time, confirmed the urgent need for such a device in the daily lives of the population.

The manufacturing and development of an innovative device brings its share of engineering challenges and requires a lot of time. The entire Tero team is very much looking forward to delivering the first Tero aircraft in the summer of 2021, which will then be on the shelves of certain stores.


The goal always remains to offer an effective solution to a societal problem and to contribute to a greener and more eco-responsible future.

Our Team

Elizabeth Coulombe, Cofondatrice et Présidente de Tero

Elizabeth Coulombe

Co-founder and President

Elizabeth is a graduate of Laval University with a Bachelor's degree in Product Design and a Master's degree in Business Administration - Business Management.

Entrepreneurship takes an important place in her life and she has only one idea in mind: to create an innovative, responsible and successful business.

Valérie Laliberté, Cofondatrice et Chef de produit chez Tero

Valérie Laliberté

Co-founder and Product Manager

Valérie also holds a Bachelor's degree in Product Design from Laval University. With skills acquired during previous studies in Graphic Design, she is passionate about product development.

Originally from Val-d'Or, she uses her creative spirit to push the Tero project even further.

Claudia Larose, Gestionnaire de communauté chez Tero

Claudia Larose

Communications Coordinator

With a Bachelor's degree in Public Communication, Claudia is a jack-of-all-trades. She is passionate about design and writing, skills she acquired while working at Préambule communication.

Her goal is to make Tero known to as many people as possible by creating quality content that promotes the company's mission and values.

Mario Lepire, Directeur technique chez Tero

Mario Lepire

Technical Director

A mechanical engineer since 2006, Mario has extensive expertise in project management and customer service. A master in materials design, he has become a mentor to his colleagues.

Today at Tero, he ensures that he follows the progress of the project with our partners, ensures that development remains focused on our priorities and that the various deadlines are met.

Cyrille Jean, Directeur marketing chez Tero

Cyrille Jean

Marketing Director

A graduate of Laval University's Bachelor of Business Administration, Cyrille has acquired, through his varied professional experiences, a strong expertise in web development and digital strategy. His versatility in marketing will take the marketing of the Tero device to another level.

Cyrille is a passionate colleague with a strong entrepreneurial spirit for whom the customer experience is a priority.

Luc Gagnon, Directeur des opérations chez Tero

Luc Gagnon

Operations Director

Engineer by training, Luc Gagnon is now a manufacturing operations specialist with over 30 years of experience. His analytical and strategic spirit allowed him to perform in several high-tech companies.

Luc is a natural leader who strives for continuous improvement. As a mentor to his peers, he is an agent of change in his work environment.

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