AGTECH ACCELERATOR

Saskatchewan is home to vibrant startup culture and a robust ecosystem of world-leading agriculture and food companies. There is no better time than now, and no better place than Saskatchewan to lead the growth of agtech in Canada and beyond.

The AGTECH ACCELERATOR brings agriculture and technology together to accelerate the growth of Canadian agtech startups built to solve global problems. This venture capital-backed accelerator is built with founders and farmers as the foundation– we believe this is the recipe for success.

The What

3-month accelerator program with a minimum $100K equity investment.

Cultivator powered by Conexus (Cultivator), Economic Development Regina (EDR), and Emmertech, have partnered to accelerate the cultivation of Canadian agtech through the launch of an AGTECH ACCELERATOR program. What makes the program unique is that it is venture-capital-backed. Companies selected to participate will have the opportunity to receive an equity investment at intake via Emmertech– a first for an accelerator in Saskatchewan and Canada.

Those selected to be a part of the AGTECH ACCELERATOR’s yearly cohort will benefit from a three-month virtual and in-person accelerator program that provides Canadian agtech startups with access to capital, programming, connections, and mentorship needed to help them scale.

The Who

AGTECH ACCELERATOR is open to seed to series A Canadian startups with technology solutions focused in the following areas:

  • Big data and predictive analytics
  • Supply chain, traceability, and sustainability
  • Precision agriculture
  • Robotics and automation
  • Farm management
  • Sensing and Internet of Things
  • Software and Hardware
  • Animal Health

The Why

As a company in the AGTECH ACCELERATOR program, you will have unparalleled access to investors, industry, and farmers.

Our high-performance accelerator provides impactful programming, access to capital, and key industry connections. Through the partnership of Emmertech (capital), EDR (industry), and Cultivator (programming), we have the perfect recipe for cultivating Canada’s agtech sector!

As an AGTECH ACCELERATOR cohort company, you’ll have access to the following:

  • High-impact programming with exclusive access to services, perks, and discounts
  • Exposure to national and international investors and organizations
  • Access to expert mentors and advisors
  • Reoccurring connections with producers and farmers from across the nation
  • Access to high-profile corporate and industry leaders

As with many other industries, technology is driving global agriculture forward. The future relies on collaboration, innovation, and the ability to leverage our strengths and become leaders who drive a sustainable future here at home, across the country, and worldwide. Who better to lead the growth of agtech in Canada and beyond than Saskatchewan:

  • Home to more than 40% of Canada’s cultivated farmland – some of the most productive farmland in the world.
  • Strong ecosystem of world-leading agtech and food tech companies, renowned education and research institutions, world-class transportation and logistics infrastructure, and a strong business community.
  • Builder of agtech-focused venture capital fund, Emmertech.
  • Vibrant startup culture and community growing astronomically and setting new heights within the tech ecosystem.
  • Numerous local and government supports, helping founders launch, grow, and scale.
  • Saskatchewan has always been a leader in agriculture, and we’re driven to continue leading into the future.

The Where

A high-impact hybrid program with key in-person activations.

Our first cohort will follow a hybrid program model with some in-person and virtual components. This includes two weeks of founders having the opportunity to be boots on the ground from the Cultivator HQ and leveraging key contacts and resources across the great province of Saskatchewan.

Cultivator has the advantage of operating in a hyper-connected mid-sized ecosystem like Saskatchewan with the added ability to deliver programming to founders across Canada.

The When

Cohort 2 Outline:

  • Kick-off week: March 20-24, 2023
  • Virtual programming: March – June 2023
  • Finale week + Demo Day: June 19-23, 2023

 

The AGTECH ACCELERATOR will host one cohort each year from March to June — to ensure optimal time for growth, investment, and recruitment. At the end of the programming, companies will pitch their company at Demo Day on Canada’s Farm Show Stage.

Applications open in the fall of each year. Follow us on social media to keep up-to-date!

AGTECH by the numbers

The AGTECH ACCELERATOR shared the results of its inaugural cohort, which saw unprecedented success, in the first half of 2022! The AGTECH ACCELERATOR brings together both agriculture and technology to accelerate the growth of Canadian agtech startups built to solve global problems. Find the full report here.

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Million Acres Project

We are bringing producers and founders together by creating a network that represents a collective of one million acres around the world.

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Meet Cohort 1 - 2022

We’re proud to share the 16 Canadian and UK companies that made up our inaugural AGTECH ACCELERATOR cohort.

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AGTECH ACCELERATOR partners

Each of our AGTECH ACCELERATOR partners brings their unique assets that contribute to accelerating the innovation and commercialization of game-changing technologies on a global scale, and help us to build globally competitive leaders within the agtech space.

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Advisory Council

As a collective group, the AGTECH ACCELERATOR Advisory Council shares years of experience, different views in the industry, and extensive knowledge of the global business market.

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Cultivating the future of agtech

Saskatchewan has always been a leader in agriculture, and the AGTECH ACCELERATOR allows us to continue leading into the future.

WATCH THE 2022 AGTECH ACCELERATOR LAUNCH VIDEO HERE

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