Agtech Accelerator

Saskatchewan is home to a vibrant startup culture and a strong 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 both 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.

Cohort 1 applications are now closed. Stay tuned in the coming months to learn more about who our Cohort 1 companies will be.

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. What makes the Agtech Accelerator 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 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

The 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

Unparalleled access to investors, industry, and farmers

A high-performance accelerator needs to provide impactful programming, access to capital, and key industry connections. Through the partnership of Emmertech (capital), EDR (industry), and Cultivator (programming) we’ve got the perfect recipe for cultivating Canada’s Agtech sector!

As a Agtech Accelerator cohort company, you’ll get:

  • 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 around the world. 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 foodtech 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 that’s 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 from across Canada.

The When

Cohort 1 launches in March 2022

  • In-person week 1: March 14-18, 2022
  • Virtual programming: March – June, 2022
  • In person week 2 + Demo Day: June 20-24, 2022

Applications are now closed. Stay tuned in the coming months to learn who our Cohort 1 will be.

The Agtech Accelerator will host one cohort each year, taking place during the Winter months to coincide with farming off-season to ensure optimal time for growth, investment, and recruitment. At the end of the programming, companies will pitch their ideas at Demo Day to a panel of judges.

Cohort applications open in the fall of each year. Follow us on social media to stay to keep up-to-date on all things happening at Cultivator.

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Accelerating the cultivation of Canadian agtech

Saskatchewan has always been a leader in agriculture and the Agtech Accelerator allows us to continue leading into the future.


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December 16, 2021 News

Partnerships lifting the Agtech Accelerator to global heights

By partnering with local, national and international partners, the Agtech Accelerator will have access to other ecosystems around the world. Each of our partners brings their own unique assets that will 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. Learn more here.


December 9, 2021 News

Agtech Accelerator announces partnership with Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic has signed a partnership with the Agtech Accelerator, helping advance Saskatchewan’s collective capacity to become a global leader in agriculture technology. Learn more here.


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December 1, 2021 News

USask signs MOU with Agtech Accelerator

USask has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Agtech Accelerator — accentuating the university’s role in the innovation ecosystem. Learn more here.


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November 26, 2021 News

Agtech Accelerator wins a 2021 Saskatchewan Economic Development Award of Excellence

The Agtech Accelerator has won a 2021 Saskatchewan Economic Development Alliance Award of Excellence. Learn more here.


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November 24, 2021 News

University of Regina signs on with Agtech Accelerator as research and academic partner

The University of Regina has announced a new partnership with the Agtech Accelerator to help find solutions for global agricultural challenges while providing academic and research opportunities for students. Learn more here.


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November 9, 2021 News

Agtech Accelerator and Innovate UK announce global agtech partnership

The Agtech Accelerator and Innovate UK are partnering to accelerate the cultivation of agtech innovation on a global scale. Discover more here.


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November 8, 2021 News

Agtech Accelerator Cohort 1 applications now open

We're on the search for our Agtech Accelerator's first cohort! If you are a Canadian agtech or foodtech company looking to scale, this is an opportunity you don't want to miss! Learn more here.


November 2, 2021 News

Supporting the growth of Saskatchewan’s agricultural economy

The Agtech Accelerator has partnered with Innovation Saskatchewan to accelerate the growth of agtech in Saskatchewan and beyond. The Agtech Accelerator will contribute To Saskatchewan's Growth Plan in the areas of supporting early-stage agtech startups, creating a pipeline for future investments into the venture capital fund, helping stimulate the provincial economy, and tripling the technology sector. Click to read more!


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June 17, 2021 News

Accelerating the cultivation of Canadian agtech

We've teamed up with Economic Development Regina (EDR) and venture capital fund, Emmertech, to launch an Agtech Accelerator right here in Saskatchewan.


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