Applications are now open!
VOYAGE connects international agri-food technology solutions with the Saskatchewan agri-food and agriculture sectors.
Through this program, SREDA provides financial support to allow international agriculture tech startups to travel to Saskatoon to participate in the Global Agri-food Advancement Partnership (GAAP) Incubator. GAAP – an Ag-West Bio partnership with the Global Institute for Food Security, the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre and Innovation Place – provides a soft-landing incubator for agri-food companies looking to develop their technologies in Saskatchewan.
Through VOYAGE, SREDA and GAAP showcase the Saskatoon Region to international markets, attracting international startups that provide an agri-food technology or service that may not exist in the Saskatoon Region. The program will take place October 11-December 23, 2021.
- Up to $4,000 CAD to be used for travel and accommodations while enrolled in the GAAP incubator
- Opportunity to participate in a three-month GAAP incubator ($5,000) at a discounted rate of 50% ($2,500).
- Opportunity to showcase your technology to the Saskatchewan agri-food and agriculture industries
- Networking with industry leaders and exploration of business opportunities in the Saskatoon Region
- Applicants must have a technology applicable to the Saskatchewan agri-food industry
- Applicants must provide a company profile as well as an overview of their technology and how it applies to the Saskatchewan agri-food and/or agriculture industries
How to Apply
1. Review eligibility to ensure your business is suitable for this program.
2. Download and complete the VOYAGE application.
3. Email your completed application to email@example.com by 11:59 p.m. August 30, 2021. Successful applicants will be notified by September 15, 2021.
About Ag-West Bio
Ag-West Bio is Saskatchewan’s bioscience industry association and bioeconomy catalyst. Ag-West Bio’s mandate is to help move research to market and grow biobusiness in the province. A not-for-profit and membership-based company, Ag-West Bio members include public research institutions, private companies (from start-ups to multinationals), research service organizations, economic development and commodity groups. Entrepreneurs come to Ag-West Bio for pathfinding and help in creating sound business plans. Ag-West Bio’s commercialization fund assists early stage companies to establish and expand their businesses.
Ag-West Bio is funded by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada’s Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) program, with support from Western Economic Diversification Canada and the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program.
About Global Agri-food Advancement Partnership (GAAP)
GAAP is an Ag-West Bio partnership with the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS), Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre and Innovation Place. GAAP is unique to the North America start-up ecosystem. Innovation Place provides soft-landing incubator space including greenhouses, labs and offices. GAAP also provides concierge services, helping ag-tech start-ups with networking opportunities, training, pathfinding and financial investment. The Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre and GIFS, providing research and development, also provide their expertise in support of these startups.
GAAP’s goal is to translate its target investment of $20 million and support for 10 companies into tangible businesses to boost Saskatchewan’s agri-food sector. This fits nicely with both the Saskatchewan government’s ambitious targets for the agriculture sector, to grow Saskatchewan’s agri-food exports to $20 billion by 2030.
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