Minneapolis, Los Angeles and San Francisco AgTech - Canadian Technology Accelerator
Agriculture Tech (AgTech) is a thriving industry with ample opportunities for Canadian companies seeking long-term growth in the United States (U.S.). The Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) global business development program will help guide your strategic growth in key markets. These include the following California and the Upper Midwest markets:
- San Francisco
- Los Angeles
- Minneapolis-St. Paul
- Fargo, North Dakota
|Application deadline||Program dates||Application status|
|July 19, 2021||September 6 to|
December 10, 2021
Who should apply
We are looking for leading-edge Canadian AgTech companies that are currently fundraising or looking to fundraise a seed to Series A within the next 12 months, and are active in various sub sectors of AgTech including:
- Internet of things applications and artificial intelligence
- robotics & automation
- precision farming & sensors
- good processing technologies
- logistics & supply chain optimization
- post-harvest technologies
- farm management software
- digital marketplace
Companies must have:
- a revenue-generating business with a fully built and validated technology
- a passionate and committed team with specific market-entry goals
- sufficient resources to target and achieve growth in market
The Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) supports equality and diversity in trade. We strongly encourage companies led by Canadians of all backgrounds and orientations to apply.
What we offer your business
Upon acceptance, your business will benefit from:
- access/exposure to financing
- customer acquisition
- investor attraction
- understanding the local market
- learning about the regulatory environment
The 3-month program will take place between September and December 2021. This program will consist of approximately 3 to 4 hours per week online, and depending on the global health situation, there is the possibility of 2 weeks of in-person support and activities including:
- networking opportunities
- webinars and training sessions
- pitch sessions
- market education
- investor roundtables
- connections with companies based in each market
Programming will include an opportunity to connect with a local accelerator. Companies will gain an overview of the California agriculture innovation ecosystem as well as potential funding opportunities. There will also be a pitch session and business-to-business (B2B) meetings with an extensive network of growers and industry leaders.
The Salinas Valley is a hub of agricultural activity and home to large grower associations. Companies will access their extensive partner network across the Western US and Mexico through B2B meetings designed to support customer discovery and acquisition.
The San Francisco Bay Area has tremendous opportunities for Canadian companies looking to raise venture capital investment. AgTech investments have been growing consistently in this region with many including Canadian companies in their portfolio. This part of the CTA will help companies learn how to attract and close venture investment. It will also provide an opportunity for pitch sessions and B2B meetings with some of the region's top investors in AgTech.
Southern California is home to a rich pool of tech talent and agricultural farming in neighbouring regions that has spurred the growth of a strong AgTech cluster. This portion of the CTA will provide companies with an overview of SoCal’s agricultural ecosystem, access to pitch sessions, as well as opportunities to network with key buyers and adopters of AgTech technologies.
Minnesota's economy is rooted in agriculture and food processing, where more than 50% of the land area is home to house-hold name agricultural and agribusinesses. Selected CTA companies will have access to the Twin Cities’ vast network of investors and corporate strategic partners as well as local accelerators. Companies will also have the opportunity to participate and/or present at Food Ag Ideas Week, a major agri-food innovation event in the region.
Fargo, North Dakota
Less than three hours from the Manitoba border is the bustling AgTech hub of Fargo-Moorhead (which straddles North Dakota and Minnesota). The CTA will introduce companies to opportunities and contacts within the Grand Farm initiative, which aims to be the first fully autonomous farm by 2025. Fargo is also home to an accelerator with partnership from agribusiness giants in the region.
What you will gain
Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities for their technology in New York City and Silicon Valley and will also receive strategic business advice. They will have the opportunity to present their technology to:
- potential clients
Learn more about this program by contacting:
Trade Commissioner, Agriculture and AgTech
Canadian Technology Accelerator – Upper Midwest
Trade Commissioner, Cleantech
Canadian Technology Accelerator – California
Trade Commissioner, Cleantech and AgTech
Canadian Technology Accelerator — San Francisco
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