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Western Canada 5th Annual Agrifood Tech Investment Forum

03 Nov 2021
2:30pm - 6:00pm PDT

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Invest in Transformative Agrifood Tech

Meet Western Canada's most promising Agtech, Foodtech and Biotech seed and scale-up 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.

 

 

 

This event is hosted by VANTEC Angel Network in collaboration with Foresight, agriNEXT, and Natural Products Canada, sponsorship from Raymond James, The Consulate of the Netherlands and support from the Government of Canada. 

 

In 2020, Rocketbuilders  published its list of Emerging Rocket and Ready to Rocket  Agrifoodtech companies and Agfunder created an overview of the  Canadian Agrifoodtech market that includes a fair number of BC companies. This is one of the biggest sectors in BC and for our future!  

VANTEC members invested in BC's most promising Agtech, Foodtech and Biotech startups including BarrelWise, Central City Brewing, Chopvalue, Creatus Biosciences, CryoLogistics, Cuboh, Daiya Foods (exit), Foodee, Lucent Biosciences, Mazza Innovation (exit), NovobindOpen Ocean Robotics, Ostara Nutrient Recovery (exit), Scout Canning, Semios, Solegear Bioplastics (exit), This.FishVery Good Butchers (exit), VitaminLab and many others. We look forward to presenting the next wave of investment opportunities.

 

Event changes with regard to COVID-19

Considering the safety of our investors, founders, and community partners, this meeting will be held online only.

We will share the online event link and password with registered attendees and members via a separate email.

Before the meeting investor presentations and company contact details are available on GUST.

After the meeting the edited video recordings will be available to members on the VANTEC website by the end of the following week. Availability and the link will be provided in our free Newsletter.

If you are an accredited  investor and were unable to attend this event live you can request access to the recordings and get introduced to the company and their supporting angel investor via this CONTACT FORM.

 

A G E N D A

 

Registration & Networking 2:30 p.m.

Random networking between founders and investors.

 

Presentation: Investment Trends 3:00-3:55 p.m.

Steve Hansen of Raymond James shares trends, opportunities and examples why investing in Agtech and Foodtech is rapidly growing and rewarding.

 

Panel Discussions: 

Moderated panel discussions with founders and investors.

Panel discussion topic 1

Panel discussion topic 2

5 Minute Break

 

Welcome 4:00 p.m.

 

Community Announcements 4:05 p.m.

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

 

Foresight Accelerator | Canada’s core technology innovation centre. Where cleantech comes together.

Contact:  Stephen Wilson | swilson@foresightcac.com | (604) 245-0042 

 

SVG|THRIVE Accelerator --  THRIVE Canada Agrifood Challenge, a pitch event for AgTech & FoodTech startups.  The winning Canadian startups will advance to the finals of the THRIVE Accelerator Program in Silicon Valley. Apply before end of day November 6th here

Contact: Carin Gerhardt | carin.gerhardt@svgventures.com 

 

Event Sponsors

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. 

Contact: Darrren Bolding, Regional Director | darren@naturalproductscanada.com | 587-596-5277

 

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 | ramneet.sran@international.gc.ca | 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

 

UPCOMING INVESTOR EVENTS

NPC Start-Up Showcase on the power of funghi Sep 9 8:00 pm

NCN-NPC Annual Investor Meeting - Oct 13

 

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

Foresight Helix Connection - How to leverage ESG - Sep 9 4:00 pm

BC Regenerative Agriculture Conference - Sep 28-30

Apply for Foresight agriNEXT program - Apr 2022

 

Company Presentations 4:15 p.m.

Companies can apply to pitch here, and are recommended to attend one or more of the pitch circuit events to practice their pitch. The selected companies will be announced 2 weeks prior to the meeting.

The final agenda and time allocations will be chosen based on the number and stage of the companies selected.

 

UPDATES (90 second presentation)

Companies will be announced October 21

PREVIEWS (90 second presentation)

Companies will be announced October 21

FULL PRESENTATIONS (5 minutes presentation)

Companies will be announced October 21

 

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 info@vantec.ca if you have any questions.

 

Networking 5:30-6:00 p.m.

Founder and investor networking in breakout rooms

 

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.

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 September 30.

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.

 

Benefits

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 3rd you will present to investors from Western Canada, the Pacific Northwest and further afield.
  • On November 3rd 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:

  • 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 and VANTEC 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.

  • Volition Pitch Practice - Practice your pitch in front a a friendly audience and get feedback. 

  • Spring Activator offers online resources to refine your fundraising for companies with an impact mission.

  • StartLife Agrifood Tech Accelerator offers introductions to seed stage mentors and investors in The Netherlands.

 

Application Criteria

You are seeking an equity investment from angel investors and you are on your way to meet these criteria.

You are a BC or AB based company. Companies from other provinces are welcome to apply, and we will introduce you to our partners, however for this investor meeting BC and AB 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

 

 

Our Process

  • Sep 30 - 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 12 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 21 - We will announce the final selection of companies. 
  • Nov 3 - 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 3, we will consider your application for upcoming investor meetings held monthly on the first Wednesday of the month.

 

Selection Committee

The selection committee includes members of the Agrifood investment community including:

Frank Leffelaar - Agrifood Tech Angel Investor & Advisor, Deal Lead Agrifood at VANTEC and eFund, EiR at Foresight

Representative from Agtech Alberta

Representative from Foresight

Representative from Impact United / SVX

Darren Bolding - Regional Director, Alberta and British Columbia at Natural Products Canada

Steve Hansen,  Managing Director, Equity Analyst - Transportation & Agribusiness at  Raymond James

Tom Urban, Investor and Founder of  Agribusiness Advisors, EiR at e@UBC

Representative from The 51 

Erik Kaas - Industry Technology Advisor at NRC-IRAP

Cynthia Shipham - 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 info@vantec.ca 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 info@vantec.ca

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsors

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.

 

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. Visit www.naturalproductscanada.com

 

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

 

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.    

Visit www.raymondjames.ca

 

Supporters

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 | ramneet.sran@international.gc.ca | 604-363-4548

 

Partners

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.

03 Nov 2021
2:30pm - 6:00pm PDT

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