Bioenterprise and BioNB Announce Collaborative Partnership in Support of Innovation

Guelph, ON | Fredericton, NB
Monday, January 18, 2021

Bioenterprise and BioNB are launching a new collaborative partnership to help both organizations support innovation and commercialization in the agriculture, agri-food and bioscience sectors.

The two organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will make Bioenterprise’s specialized ag and food expertise and national networks available to BioNB through Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, while opening up new opportunities for Bioenterprise in Atlantic Canada and in the industrial bioproducts and forestry industries that are core to BioNB’s activities.

The collaboration will also make available new opportunities for both organizations to access regional and national funding through joint proposals in support of innovative projects that require partnerships from applicants.

“This makes our people, networks and resources in food, agriculture, innovation and business development available to BioNB and the clients they support in Atlantic Canada, while giving us new expertise in bioeconomy and forestry,” says Bioenterprise CEO Dave Smardon. “By working together, we can all do more with the limited resources at hand to help small and medium-sized businesses in our sector grow and thrive.”

“We are excited to formalize our partnership with Bioenterprise and gain access to their well-established national network of agri-tech and food-based industries and support pathways,” adds Meaghan Seagrave, Executive Director of BioNB. “The complementary expertise that exists across our teams will allow both organizations to build capacity to better support bio-based businesses in their regions. We know how critical connections and access to expertise are in the innovation ecosystem, and we look forward to putting our new partnership to work in support of bio-based businesses.”

Bioenterprise is Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, bringing more than 15 years of industry experience and a national and international network of research institutions, academia, mentors and experts, government, and industry to help small and medium-sized businesses in the sector nationwide Connect, Innovate, and Grow. Through its sector-savvy service partner network, Bioenterprise offers a wide range of business expertise and support to its clients, and partnerships with other industries help open doors to new technologies and platforms to help the agri-tech and food sector innovate and grow. Visit www.bioenterprise.ca to learn more.

BioNB supports the development of New Brunswick’s bioeconomy and helps companies grow and commercialize their bioscience ideas. The organization offers a range of business support services from funding navigation and collateral design to business plan development, and pitch coaching. BioNB also fosters networking and raises awareness of current issues and emerging bioeconomy trends with companies, decision-makers, and the public. In collaboration with a vibrant ecosystem of companies, research institutions and partners, BioNB is dedicated to enabling a thriving bioeconomy in New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada. Visit www.bionb.org to learn more.

For more information:

Dave Smardon, Bioenterprise, dave.smardon@bioenterprise.ca or 519-821-2960

Meaghan Seagrave, BioNB, mseagrave@bionb.org or 506-444-2444