The Canadian agri-tech sector is gaining expanded access to the U.S. innovation economy thanks to a new partnership between two North American innovation organizations.
Bioenterprise, Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Connection Silicon Valley (CSV), an organization that helps Canadian companies collaborate, connect, innovate and partner with Silicon Valley’s world-renowned technology systems.
CSV has run many accelerator-style programs to help Canadian start-ups prepare for U.S. expansion or raise capital south of the border. The organization has created the Canadian Women’s Network (CWN) to connect female entrepreneurs with its Silicon Valley Network and will be launching an angel fund this fall to inspire women to become more involved in angel investing.
“Silicon Valley is known around the world as a centre of cutting edge innovation, and the Engine’s new relationship with Connection Silicon Valley represents a tremendous opportunity for Canadian agri-tech innovators and entrepreneurs,” says Bioenterprise CEO Dave Smardon. “It’s exciting that the Engine will be able to provide our members access to this network, its expertise and its resources.”
CSV will be hosting its “Founded in Canada” Food & AgTech Showcase this fall for 12 female-led Canadian start-ups, as well as their signature “Access to Global Capital” accelerator in 2022 in the food and ag-tech sector.
“We know that there is no better partner for us on these projects than Bioenterprise, and their network of Canadian Food & Agritech start-ups will be key to helping promote these new programs,” says Connection Silicon Valley CEO Joanne Fedeyko. “We love working with organizations that look for true collaborations, and the Engine will be a valuable resource as we further connect Canadian tech with the US innovation economy.”
Bioenterprise is Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, bringing more than 15 years of industry experience and a national and international network of research institutions, academia, mentors and experts, government and industry to help small- and medium-sized businesses in the sector nationwide. Through its experienced service partner network, Bioenterprise offers a wide range of expertise and support to its clients and partnerships with other industries to open doors for new technologies and platforms to help food and agri-tech businesses innovate and grow. Visit www.bioenterprise.ca to learn more.
About Connection Silicon Valley
Connection Silicon Valley is an independent management consulting company that helps emerging businesses and entrepreneurs build meaningful networks in Silicon Valley and across Canada while providing access to leading-edge innovation. The organization founded the Canadian Women’s Network community to connect Canadian female and GNB entrepreneurs with its influential Silicon Valley network, and is the publisher of Disruption Magazine, which helps showcase Canadian innovation to its global network. Visit connectionsiliconvalley.com.