Bioenterprise, York University Partnering to Advance Innovation

Guelph ON,
Monday, January 18, 2021

Bioenterprise, Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Innovation York, the innovation and entrepreneurship support centre at York University, to strengthen support for innovation in York Region and beyond.

The agreement will make Bioenterprise’s specialized ag and food expertise and national innovation and commercialization networks available to Innovation York clients. At the same time, the collaboration will enable Bioenterprise clients to access Innovation York’s programs, facilities and services, including early-stage company support and specific programs that support female-led businesses.

“As Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, we recognize the potential for growth that arises from support centres like Innovation York,” says Bioenterprise CEO Dave Smardon. “As we continue to expand our food and agri-tech network across the country, we consider this new partnership to be another key step in unifying the Canadian innovation ecosystem and connecting growing businesses with established research and support.”

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 experienced service partner network, Bioenterprise offers a wide range of expertise and support to its clients, and partnerships with other industries help open doors to new technologies and platforms to help food and agri-tech businesses innovate and grow. Visit www.bioenterprise.ca to learn more.

Innovation York is the innovation office for York University. The unit provides services to faculty members, trainees, students, industry, and the community in five service streams: agreements, industry liaison, knowledge mobilization, commercialization, and entrepreneurship. Innovation York’s goal is to facilitate and maximize the commercial, economic, and social potential impacts of research and innovation, and to create a culture of engaged scholarship and experiential learning.