New Partnership to Advance Digital Agriculture Innovation

Posted: Mar 2, 2021

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Bioenterprise, Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, and the Enterprise Machine Intelligence & Learning Initiative (EMILI) in Manitoba have formed a collaboration to support digital innovation in the agri-food sector.

The partnership will work to grow the digital agriculture ecosystem in Manitoba and provide support to agri-tech and food start-ups and early-stage companies in the province. At the same time, collaboration between the two organizations will open up new opportunities for Bioenterprise and clients of the Engine in Manitoba, and in the digital innovation sector, including the fast-growing fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning and smart technology.

The partnership is a key component of one of EMILI’s four strategic pillars, capital enablement. Start-up mentorship, access to strategic guidance from the Engine’s experts and financial support for key business scale-up activities are essential to ensure that digital agriculture SMEs in Manitoba have what they need to thrive in the province.

“We’re looking forward to being able to support EMILI and its members with mentorship, strategic guidance and access to capital to boost their business scale-up activities,” says Bioenterprise CEO Dave Smardon. “At the same time, we’re pleased to expand the Engine’s national network with a stronger presence in Manitoba, and join resources with EMILI to help small and medium-sized businesses in digital agriculture innovation thrive.” 

“This collaborative relationship between Bioenterprise and EMILI will grow the digital agriculture ecosystem in Manitoba and significantly benefit agri-tech start-ups and scale-ups in the province,” says EMILI’s Managing Director Jacqueline Keena. “Through this partnership, we will provide increased support and access to resources that will enable digital agriculture companies to grow, path-find new funding resources, and gain access to experts at the Engine. We have incredible agri-tech talent here in Manitoba and we are excited to be able to provide another way to support them.”

More details around the partnership will be announced on April 8 as part of the first episode of the virtual event series, The Future of Food 2.0.

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 to learn more.

EMILI is an Agriculture-AI accelerator based in Manitoba. Founded in 2016 by an industry-led board, EMILI works to grow the digital agriculture ecosystem in Manitoba and ensure that people have the skills required to embrace digital agriculture opportunities. EMILI’s four pillars of activity include intelligent technology integration, innovation and research, skills, training and talent development and capital enablement. Visit to learn more.


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