The Agtech Acceleration Program – Powered by Zone Agtech

The first acceleration program 100% dedicated to the commercialization of Quebec’s agricultural innovations!

The Agtech Acceleration Program – Powered by Zone Agtech is looking for the best projects in the agricultural sector that are likely to have a positive impact on the environment. To qualify, these must be at a pre-seed or seed-stage and offer an innovative product or service in the Agtech and bioproducts sector. Moreover, the projects must have a Technology Readiness Level of 5 or higher.

Please note that priority will be given to candidates from companies registered with the REQ (Registraire des entreprises du Québec) who fulfill the following basic requirements:

  • Submit a project in the agricultural sector that is likely to have a measurable, positive impact on the environment
  • Be the acting head of a business supported by an additional person who is part of your entrepreneurial team
  • Be motivated and committed to participate in the program for a minimum of 5-8 hours per week
  • Invest $750 in the program
  • Complete the program’s application form, which includes: a business plan questionnaire, a pitch deck, and a 90-second video presentation of the company (elevator pitch format)

Selection Criteria

Our decision-making process is guided by established criteria. Your project must:

  • Offer a solution that increases food self-sufficiency or provides an adaptation to climate change
  • Be located in the Zone Agtech or commit to being located there at the end of the program
  • Focus on developing an innovative product or service that will reduce Quebec’s carbon footprint
  • Demonstrate that the proposed product or service meets a market need and has significant growth potential
  • Submit a project built on a technology that is not infringing on existing ones and is subject to strong IP protection. The company must also be the originator of this intellectual property or hold a majority of the exploitation rights.

Schedule

Applications are being accepted until February 19th, 2021

  • Program Launch: March 8th, 2021.
  • Keep an eye out for Demo Day taking place on June 10th 2021.
  • Please note, this is an ongoing program and EcoFuel, Zone Agtech and Bioenterprise be launching a second and third round of intake in the future.

Delivery Partners