We are back in person at VentureLabs downtown with the option to present and watch the livestream via Zoom.
Investing in Transformative Agrifood Tech
Meet Western Canada's most promising Agtech, Foodtech and Biotech Companies
There has never been a better time to invest in Agrifood Tech. New ways to grow, process and distribute cleaner, healthier and more nutritious foods at better yields. Innovation and industry transformation provide tremendous opportunities for investment at a global scale.
With this event, we want to introduce you to some of the most promising seed stage companies in Western Canada that have the potential to provide great returns for investors while contributing to the health and sustainability of our people and planet.
Together with accelerators, investors and other ecosystem partners, we selected and vetted Western Canada's most promising seed and scale-up companies from across the farm to fork value chain. We invite accredited investors, industry experts and stakeholders for an afternoon of investor panels, pitches and networking.
Here's what we did at the Agrifood Tech Forum in 2021
Following this meeting VANTEC's associated angel funds eFund, WUTIF, and individual investors did due diligence and made $600,000+ of follow-on investments in several of the Agtech companies that presented. Our shared due diligence and referrals unlocked an additional $4Million+ from Agtech VC's.
Our members and affiliated funds eFund and WUTIF invested a total $11.6M in 109 companies in 2021.
Here are the recording of the 2021 Agrifood Tech Forum
Workshop: Investing in Transformative Agrifood Tech to Address Climate Change
Agrifood Tech Investment Trends & Panel Discussion
Company Pitches (investor access only, must be logged)
A G E N D A
Registration & Networking 2:30pm
In-person networking and random networking on zoom.
3:00pm Welcome & introductions
3:05pm Investment Trends In Agrifood Tech
Speakers will discuss the importance of fostering partnerships and collaboration cross-country to support the commercialization and adoption of transformative agtech at scale in Canada and in global markets. How can collaboration within the agtech innovation ecosystem address the existing barriers to validating technology, developing a business model and go to market strategy, and attracting the funding to scale up to become a global player.
3:15pm Panel Discussion
3:40pm Panel Discussion
4:00pm Investor Meeting
Canadian Food Innovation Network is a national, member-based organization that's stimulating innovation, collaboration, and investment across Canada's food sector. They offer funding to BC-based foodtech companies who are looking to validate their product, accelerate R&D, and find collaborators to grow their food business. Contact: Jamil Karim | Jamil@cfin-rcia.ca
UPCOMING INVESTOR EVENTS
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS
4:15pm Company Presentations
UPDATES (90-second presentation)
PREVIEWS (90-second presentation)
FULL PRESENTATIONS (5-minute presentation)
5:30pm-6:30pm Founder & Investor Networking
In-person networking between investors, founders and community members. We will serve complimentary beverages and appetizers.
Online participants can meet in a number of dedicated breakout rooms.
VANTEC members can access the company profiles and presentations on GUST and via one convenient link on Docsend via this page when logged in at vantec.ca (members only).
NOTE: In our effort to share the pitches and presentations beyond our venue for a bigger impact we record our events and make them available online to our investor members.
By attending this event, you consent to the use of photography/video/audio in all forms of media, for any and all promotional purposes including advertising, display, audiovisual, exhibition or editorial use by VANTEC Angel Network without payment or other compensation.
Apply to Pitch
We invite all Agtech, Foodtech and Biotech companies seeking seed or series A investment to apply. Please express your interest by completing your application to pitch no later than October 6.
Companies that apply and meet the criteria will benefit from the support and workshops that our community partners provide before and after the November 3 investor meeting.
Connect with a Canada-wide community of investors with an interest in Agtech, Foodtech, AgBiotech, Cleantech, Sustainability and Circularity.
- You will create and own an investor profile on our secure online GUST portal that you can securely share with investors.
- Selected companies will be announced by VANTEC and Foresight and shared with ecosystem partners.
- Companies selected for pre-screening will get questions and feedback on their presentation from a panel of investors and industry experts
- On November 2nd you will present to investors from Western Canada, the Pacific Northwest and further afield.
- On November 2nd we’ll kick off the investor meeting with a presentation on the latest investment trends and two panel discussions with founders and investors.
- Grow your connections, relationships with industry experts, peers and investors before and after the investor meeting with online networking and breakout rooms.
- Company pitches will be recorded on video for viewing on demand and for you to share.
- We will share the investor packages and pitches with our investors and affiliated angel groups in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.
You will also get access and benefit from our ecosystem partners including:
VANTEC - will invite angel groups from across Western Canada and The Pacific Northwest
Foresight Accelerator - companies selected for pre screening will have the opportunity to meet with a member of the selection committee to receive feedback on their environmental, social and corporate governance considerations to bolster their investment/growth strategy
Natural Products Canada - offers a consultation with NPC's Regional Manager for BC and industry experts across Canada.
Impact United / SVX - offers welcomes impact focused companies for a conversation.
Global Affairs Canada will invite VC's and foreign investors interested in investing in Agrifood to meet with ventures that have a global market ambition and strategy.
The Consulate of The Netherlands is interested to meet with BC Agrifood companies that want to connect with Dutch Agrifood corporates to explore market and partnering opportunities.
Tandem Innovation Group contract CFO's will review and give feedback on your pitch deck, business model, dealroom etc
You are seeking an equity investment from angel investors and you are on your way to meet these criteria.
You are a registered business in BC. Companies from other provinces are welcome to apply, and we will introduce you to our partners, however for this investor meeting BC, AB, SK companies are preferred.
Innovation & Impact: Concept is a transformative/game-changing approach to solving a problem or gap in the market that can have major impact at scale.
Product / Technology: Product or service has a competitive advantage and barriers to entry.
Customers / Traction: Validated customer needs and wants. Researched competition and substitutes. Understand key growth metrics. Steady progress in building a successful business.
Business Model / Scalability: Clear business model. Know how to scale, access markets and acquire customers. Know costs and how margins improve with scale. High growth profitable market opportunity, preferably with global impact at scale.
Sustainability / Social Good: Business has a triple bottom line: people, profit and planet.
Team: Well rounded team of founders, staff and advisors.
Exit: Path to a high value exit
Your business is part of the Agrifood Lab to Farm to Fork Value Chain
- Oct 7 - Is the final deadline to submit your application. We ask you to complete a secure online investor profile on GUST. An investor and industry panel selects the companies.
- Oct 18 and Oct 19 - If you're selected for the online pre-screening you will give a 5 minute presentation, answer questions and receive feedback on your business and presentation from a panel of experienced investors and domain experts. This will take about 20 minutes.
- Companies will be offered the opportunity to join an online investment ready workshop TBA.
- Oct 20 - We will announce the final selection of companies.
- Nov 2 - At the investor meeting you will present to an audience of 150+ people including 60+ angel investors, family offices, funds and community partners. The meeting starts at 2:30 pm PST with networking, industry trends and investor panels. Investor presentations are from 4.00 - 5.30.
- We recommend companies schedule time for 1:1 investor meetings with investors before or after the investor meeting.
NOTE: If you aren't selected to present on Nov 2, we will consider your application for upcoming investor meetings held monthly on the first Wednesday of the month.
The selection committee includes members of the Agrifood investment community. They will participate in the online pre-screening meetings on Oct 18 and Oct 19 between 9:00 AM PST and 2:00 PST.
James Freeman - Angel Investor, member of Valhalla, Startup TNT
Erik Kaas - Industry Technology Advisor at NRC-IRAP
Partnering & Sponsoring Opportunities
We are looking forward to partnering with eco system partners from BC and beyond that want to support the growth of angel investment in promising startups before, during and after this event.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest, start a conversation and receive our sponsoring package.
If you wish to make a 90-second community announcement at the investor meeting, please send us your request and details for posting on the website and event agenda to email@example.com
Foresight is Canada’s cleantech accelerator. Foresight supports the identification and validation of cleantech opportunities and the successful commercialization of solutions. We bring together innovators, industry, investors, government, and academia to address today’s most urgent climate issues and support a global transition to a green economy. Find out more at www.foresightcac.com and follow on Twitter @ForesightCAC.
agriNEXT is a new pan-Canadian, sector-specific accelerator and network hub that brings together stakeholders in agtech – innovators, industry, investors, government, and academia – to scale agtech solutions and promote adoption.
Raymond James Ltd. offers a wide range of services for individual and institutional clients and corporate issuers. Their Advisors have access to a complete offering of high-quality investment products and services, providing them with the resources to customize investment solutions for their clients. Their Equity Capital Markets division provides expertise in Investment Banking, Research, Corporate Finance, and Institutional Sales & Trading.
VANTEC Angel Network is the largest angel group in BC with 120+ angel investors who support promising BC-based entrepreneurs in technology ventures with angel investment, advice and connections. We have been hosting monthly investor meetings since 1999. In 2020 our members and affiliated funds eFund and WUTIF invested in 87 companies.
WUTIF, or Western Universities Technology Innovation Fund, co-invests with angel investors in promising British Columbian technology ventures. They give investors the opportunity to contribute to the BC economy and target very early-stage companies.
In order for WUTIF to invest in your business, your company must satisfy our preliminary screening criteria, negotiate terms and conditions, and complete a technical and business review. Visit their website below to find out more about their screening criteria.
Website: wutif.ca | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
eFund was founded with the goal to achieve consistently higher returns and more exits from angel investments. Since 2011, the fund made 47 investments in 32 BC-based companies. Your investment in eFund qualifies for the 30% BC tax credit and can also be made via your RRSP or TFSA. Please email if you want to learn more about their BC Angel Fund and the option to join their team of active investors.
Website: www.e-fund.ca | Email: email@example.com
Impact United is a national peer-led movement and community of investors seeking to mobilize capital towards social, economic and environmental justice, comprised of individuals, family offices, faith-based organizations, foundations, and other asset owners. Impact United aims to foster coordinated, informed and collective action among existing and prospective impact investors.
Global Affairs Canada helps Canadian businesses grow with confidence by connecting them with international opportunities, funding and support programs, and our network of Trade Commissioners in over 160 cities worldwide. Currently recruiting companies for several Canadian Technology Acceleration programs globally, providing VC mapping services to companies raising capital and accepting submissions for companies to be included in the Dealbook that will be produced and shared with venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, across the U.S, and the rest of the world.
Contact: Ramneet Sran | firstname.lastname@example.org | 604-363-4548
The Consulate General of the Netherlands in Vancouver focuses on strengthening economic relations between Western Canada and the Netherlands. Its focus areas are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and include water and climate adaptation, clean and sustainable energy and innovation & technology in the agriculture sector. The Consulate brings businesses, knowledge institutes and governments together to find solutions and to support international exchange, trade and investment. Please get in touch with us if you are looking to connect your organization with the Netherlands.
Contact: Ima Nahumury, Trade Officer | VAN-EZ@minbuza.nl | +1 604 697 5530
e@UBC aims to nurture and foster the entrepreneurial culture within the UBC community, and to assist in the growth of start-up companies emerging from UBC.
SFU VentureLabs scales-up world-class technology companies by ‘powering up’ ventures with amazing talent, technologies, entrepreneurial and research expertise, access to funding, gov’t. assistance programs and international expansion opportunities.
Spring Activator is using business as a force for good to empower social impact leaders with the know-how, network and support needed to build a better business.
Natural Products Canada (NPC) is the driving force behind Canada’s Natural Product Innovation Cluster–a strategic community of SMEs, research institutes, corporations, investors, government departments, and service providers who support the development and commercialization of naturally-derived products and technologies in health and life sciences, natural resources, agriculture and agri-food, and sustainable bioproducts. As part of its role in the Cluster, NPC offers a suite of Commercialization Programs to help companies and researchers advance high-potential products and technologies; provides connection and innovation scouting services to industry and investors through its Innovation Hub; and leverages its Investment Fund to help develop and de-risk promising Canadian opportunities. NPC has over 800 opportunities in its pipeline, has completed twelve investments, and has already experienced two exits. Established in 2016, NPC is funded by a range of public and private investors, including the Government of Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Commercialization and Research (CECR) program, administered by the Networks of Centres of Excellence.
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