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Investing in AgTech & CleanTech

05 Dec 2018
2:00pm - 6:45pm PST

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Industry trends presentation and panel discussion (Free access for everyone)

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Investing in AgTech & CleanTech


There has never been a better time to invest in AgTech and CleanTech. New ways to grow, process and distribute healthier and more nutritious foods at better yields because of new technologies 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 BC that have the potential to provide great returns for investors and contribute to sustainably producing more healthy food to feed our growing population that wants to live better and longer.

Together with local accelerators and angel investors we selected BC’s most promising startups, and invited investors, industry experts and stakeholders for an afternoon of investor panels, pitches and networking.

Hosted by  VANTEC Angel Network, this event is created in collaboration with Foresight, Innovate BC's Agriculture Venture Acceleration Program, SFU VentureLabsSpring Activator and Natural Products Canada with support from Western Canadian Diversification.




Registration & Networking 2:00pm


Presentation: Trends in AgTech & CleanTech 2:30pm

We'll share some trends, opportunities and examples why investing in Agtech and Cleantech is rapidly growing.

Trends in CleanTech - Jeanette Jackson, Managing Director at Foresight Cleantech Accelerator

Jeanette will talk about key trends in Cleantech.

Jeanette is an experienced CEO, entrepreneur and business strategist with broad-based experience in technology, business development, marketing and operations. Over the last 4 years, Jeanette has supported more than 20 Foresight companies as an Executive In Residence in several markets including bio-energy, electric vehicles, smart buildings, water tech, robotics and wind.  She is excited to bring the new vision of Foresight to life:   advancing the adoption of Canadian transformative cleantech companies through programs that help them launch, scale and grow.

Trends in AgTech - Tom Urban, Investor and Founder of  Agribusiness Advisors

Tom will talk about key trends in Agtech and provide some insight into his approach to building an Ag-tech portfolio.

Tom Urban is a Vancouver based investor in early stage Agtech companies, and the founder of Agribusiness Advisors. He has spent more than 25 years in the world of agriculture.  Starting his Ag career with Pioneer Hi-Bred in Romania in 1990, Tom joined DuPont after its purchase of Pioneer and lead DuPont’s cereals business. He subsequently became a Director in DuPont’s Corporate Planning group based in Wilmington Delaware.  In 2004, Tom joined the Vancouver based, forestry seedling company, CellFor as its CEO.  Following the sale of CellFor to Arborgen in 2012, Tom founded Agribusiness Advisors to work with and invest in early-stage Ag ventures. Agribusiness Advisors currently has 16 investments across a broad cross-section of the Ag market but focused primarily on “before the farm gate” technologies. 


Investor & Entrepreneur Dialogues  3:00pm

Investors and entrepreneurs look back at their journey from idea to business and scaling up.

Tom Urban (investor) and  Amar Singh of Elevated Signals

Jenny Yang (investor) and Gareth Brown of Clir Renewables


Networking Break 3.30pm


Community Announcements 4:00pm

Community partners are invited to announce their upcoming events to the investors in the room and subscribers to our newsletter. Simply email us at


Startup Vancouver - Startup Stories

Colin Weston |


Tandem Innovation - Financials for Startups Walk-In

Tania Lo |


MNP - Accounting & Consulting

Katri Ulmonen |


Natural Products Canada - Expertise, connections, resources, & investment

Shelley King | Darren Bolding |


Innovate BC - Agriculture Venture Acceleration Program

Mike Manion |


FORESIGHT - Accelerating Transformative Cleantech Startups  Programs ~ Support ~ Network

Jeanette Jackson |



Holly Jolly Holiday Party, Dec 7 5-7 PM at VentureLabs

Financials for Startups Walk-In, Dec 12 3-5 PM at VentureLabs

Next VANTEC Meeting, Jan 9

Keiretsu Meeting, Jan 15

Agri Innovation Day, Pacific Ag Show,  Jan 25


Membership Fees 2019


Company Presentations 4:15pm

VANTEC members can access GUST Profiles of presenting companies here 



Prime43 Encryption Limited | Software | A fully integrated, encrypted and distributed blockchain engine for the enterprise

MOBILOK | Internet / Web Services | Library of high-quality exclusive PSD mockups with flexible features and options for customizing each mobile app.



UPDATES (90 seconds)

Clir | For utility scale renewable energy stakeholders who need to understand and maximise their assets performance

PREVIEWS (90 seconds)

Intermetallica | Cleantech | We have developed new class of steel alloys that will deliver unmatched performance and reliability for hydraulic cylinders in the most demanding environments.


Hypernose | Cleantech | We improve Health, Comfort and Energy Efficiency of buildings through an intelligently accurate detection. 

Pani Energy | Cleantech |

Cryologistics | Cleantech |



UPDATES (90 seconds)

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

FoodMesh | a B2B marketplace that matches surplus food to a verified network of businesses and charities

This Fish | Aquaculture | World Leader in Seafood Traceability Software

PREVIEWS (90 seconds)

HRIS by Tesera Systems | Agtech | High Resolution Inventory Solutions provides forest companies best-in-class accuracy, fully scalable data of forest landscape assets.

Blue Tide Aquaculture | Aquaculture Fund | North America's first investment vehicle focussed exclusively on sustainable aquaculture.


Lucent Biosciences | Agtech | Soileos is a new class of "bio demand" micronutrient fertilizers that doesn't pollute, grows crops with higher yield & nutrient levels at a lower price/ha.

Greenthumb Technology | Agtech | Leading Edge Vertical Indoor Growing Technology

Acterra | Agtech | Make AG inputs that benchmark new yields for producers & revolutionize manure composting to make biologically active soil while recovering nutrients for resale.


Investor Decks

The company presentations and investor packages, including more details on the team, financials and other documents are available to VANTEC members on the Gust platform. Email us at if you have any questions.


Reception & Networking 5:30-6:45pm

We will serve snacks, wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks.


NOTE: In our effort to share the pitches and presentations beyond our venue for a bigger impact we will record some of our events and make them available online.

In our effort to share presentations, panel discussions and investor pitches beyond our venue for a bigger impact we are recording our events. While panel discussions will mostly be publicly accessible, pitches have restricted access for our investor members and select affiliated investor groups.

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.

By registering for this event you will be added to our Angel Investor newsletter list where you will be emailed twice per month with upcoming investor events. You may unsubscribe at any time.


05 Dec 2018
2:00pm - 6:45pm PST

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