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Investing in Food and Agriculture Technology - February 7

This VANTEC Investor Meeting brought together BC’s most promising Food & Ag Tech startups, investors, industry experts and other stakeholders for an afternoon of investor panels, pitches and networking. This event was created in collaboration with local accelerators and food and agriculture stakeholders including the BCFPASpring, and sponsored by Bioenterprise BCNatural Products CanadaNACO and WCAN.


Keynote: Investment Trends in Food & Agriculture Technology

Michael McGee, Partner at Avrio


Panel: Investment Opportunities in Food

Panel from left to right:

Ally Bharmal, Partner at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP (Moderator)

Rich Simons, Former Chairman and Advisor of Daiya Foods

Hugh Notman, Managing Director at CCC Investment Banking and Investor

Milan Roy, CFO, Lyra Growth Partners

Genevieve Pinto, Vice President, Renewal Funds


Panel: Investment Opportunities in Agriculture

Panel from left to right:

Dean Prelazzi, EiR at Bioenterprise BC (Moderator)

Keith Gillard, General Partner, Pangea Ventures

Tom Urban, Founder of Agribusiness Advisors and angel investor

Michael McGee, Partner at Avrio Capital


Fireside Chat: Rich Simons, Former Chairman and Advisor of Daiya Foods

Rich Simons talks about his journey from startup to exit with Ally Bharmal, Partner at Fasken Martineau.


Food & Ag Tech Investor Pitches Feb 7, 2018

Companies pitched to an audience of Angel, Impact and other Investors. After the pitches they displayed and demoed their products and had follow on conversations with the investors in the room. The videos of the panels and pitches were shared with closely affiliated community partners across BC and Canada.

Food & Food Technology Pitches

Chai Chics Meals is scaling up ‘Feast’, our unique line of all-natural Middle Eastern/Mediterranean frozen ready meals, sold at Whole Foods, Choices, & other grocers.

Coast Protein is changing Canadian food systems by introducing delicious, nutritious, and sustainable insect protein products to the mainstream.

Frozen Coconut makes all natural non-dairy frozen desserts the whole family will enjoy!

KAPOW NOW! offers clean eating foods for people on their self love journey.

Lecker Labs Ltd - Yomee Yogurt is the world's first fully automatic fresh yoghurt maker, for your active lifestyle. Like Nespresso for yoghurt.

Nomad Nutrition makes healthy, organic, ready-to-eat meals that cook in under 10 minutes. Our meals are plant-based, gluten-free, dairy free and vegan friendly. 

Peqish Food is Medicine. We disrupt the fast healthy food market with grab-and-go products, and are rapidly scaling through retail and wholesale distribution.

Pranin Organic We're asking for $2.0M for 20% of the company to fund continued domestic growth and expansion into the U.S.

Tait Labs - MS+ cleanly upcycles agricultural scraps into new healthy clinically-validated ingredients for food, beverage and biomedical industries

19.45 Very Good Butchers A vegan butcher shop making plant based meat; We Butcher Beans!

Wise Bites Collections The Healthy Snack that Checks All the Right Boxes!

Wize Monkey creates year-round jobs for coffee communities by upcycling coffee leaves into a healthy, lightly caffeinated and award-winning Coffee Leaf Tea.

BC Hop Co Craft beer is booming, and we have the quality hops they need!


Agriculture Technology Pitches

Advanced Intelligent Systems Nurseries deal with high labour costs, labour shortage, injuries due to sprain & strain. Our robot saves up to 78% labour costs, solves availability & injuries.

AVA Technologies makes smart indoor gardens that help beginner gardeners grow produce, without all the baggage.

Eleos Robotics has created an artificially intelligent robot that controls agricultural weeds for growers. It is fully automated and eco-friendly.

Elevated Signals is building a cannabis cultivation platform that helps licensed producers reduce crop loss, ensure regulatory compliance, and boost profits.

Meatme is an online marketplace for conscious consumers to easily buy healthy & ethically raised meats from local farmers

Novobind We target and disarm dangerous microbes with next-generation biologics.

This Fish World Leader in Seafood Traceability Software

World Tree are fighting climate change and making money by planting fast-growing trees for timber production.