CALGARY, Alberta & EDMONTON, Alberta — Platform Calgary, Bioenterprise and TEC Edmonton are collaborating on a new program to help Alberta-based startups and entrepreneurs in the agriculture (ag) sector grow and thrive. Launching in late 2020 with funding support from the Government of Canada, through Western Economic Diversification Canada, this program is the first of its kind in Alberta.
This new collaboration will accelerate ag sector startups and help entrepreneurs with the business and technology aspects of their venture. The program will be delivered virtually, making it more accessible for participation from entrepreneurs in all parts of the province. Participants will have a single point of access to entrepreneurs in residence, mentors, technical expertise and customized business advisory services for startups and growing companies.
“The growth of Western Canada’s agricultural sector is a key part of our government’s focus on creating high-value jobs and building a resilient economy,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada. “This collaboration between Western Economic Diversification Canada and three leading business accelerators will help early stage agriculture start-ups blossom by providing them with support and expertise to enable their innovative products and technologies to thrive in a global market. This will lead to the creation of good jobs, helping our economy bounce back stronger.”