GreenCentre Canada, a not-for-profit that supports the growth of chemical and materials start-ups and SMEs by transforming their innovations into valued products and processes, is Bioenterprise Canada’s newest sustainable innovation partner.
With facilities in Kingston and Mississauga, the organization helps companies in a range of sectors, including resource recovery, water treatment, bioproducts, and advanced materials. By partnering with Bioenterprise and its deep network, GreenCentre will be able to directly assist a greater number of companies in the agriculture industry.
GreenCentre helps companies get to market faster by providing the technical services they need to develop and validate their technology. This is critical work in positioning these companies for public and private investment. GreenCentre has supported over 150 companies who collectively have raised over $1 billion.
“We do hands-on chemistry work for start-ups with our expert staff and fully equipped laboratories so they can then go out and raise the external funding they need to grow and become sustainable businesses in Canada,” says Dr. Andrew Pasternak, Executive Director of GreenCentre.
GreenCentre’s services are accessed through public programs supported by federal and provincial government funding, as well as private, fee-for-service arrangements in partnership with their clients’ R&D teams.
“All of our clients must have some sustainable element to their business, including environmental benefits,” explains Pasternak. “This includes technologies that focus on water purification, better agricultural yields, improved fertilizers or use of bioproducts.”
As climate change increasingly becomes a priority area for governments at all levels, there are incredible sustainable innovation opportunities in the agricultural sector, believes Pasternak.
Helping the sector realize those opportunities and expand its role in a sustainable future is what attracted GreenCentre to Bioenterprise, Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine and its sustainable innovation initiative.
“We see this as a very good fit: Bioenterprise Canada provides the agricultural expertise, business cases and connections and we can help companies with the technical development they need to grow. Together we can really accelerate these early-stage companies,” he says.
GreenCentre’s programs and services are available to entrepreneurs and start-ups from Ontario and across Canada. Pasternak expects further growth as more government funding programs are launched that focus on cleantech and sustainability.
“We want to help accelerate the development of agricultural technologies and get these products to market faster,” he says. “This is a great opportunity to work with Bioenterprise to find the best companies and focus our efforts to create jobs, build our economy and make Canada an agri-food powerhouse on the world stage.”
Bioenterprise Canada 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.
To learn more about the Engine’s sustainable innovation commitment and examples of novel, sustainable innovations its programs support, or to become a Bioenterprise sustainable innovation sponsor, visit https://bioenterprise.ca/sustainability/ or contact Carla Berquó, firstname.lastname@example.org or 519.821.2960 ext. 205 / 1.866.464.4524.