MOU strengthens innovation commercialization in Ontario & Atlantic Canada

Posted: Oct 12, 2021
by bioentadm for Bioenterprise

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Bioenterprise and Springboard Atlantic agree to collaborate

Guelph/Halifax, 12 October 2021 – Two Canadian innovation organizations are teaming up to strengthen innovation supports in Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Bioenterprise, Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, and Springboard Atlantic Inc. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cooperate in delivering commercialization services and support for emerging Canadian businesses in the cleantech, agri-tech and veterinary technology fields.

“With this new partnership, Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine is further expanding our footprint in Atlantic Canada as we work to grow and deepen our national innovation network from coast to coast,” says Bioenterprise CEO Dave Smardon. “We welcome the academic and innovation expertise from Springboard and its members and the new partnership opportunities this offers in the Canadian agri-food innovation ecosystem.”

Springboard’s network of 14 universities and five colleges with access to more than 10,000 researchers in Atlantic Canada is designed to grow the region’s innovation economy by encouraging collaboration between post-secondary institutions and industry. For Springboard, closer ties with the Engine will mean access to a national network of expertise, mentorship and financial resources and linkages to like-minded businesses and service providers.

“Building relationships among the research community and industry to help the food sector innovate has long been a major focus of the Springboard Atlantic network” said Daryl Genge, President and CEO of Springboard Atlantic. “We are very excited to enter into this MOU. Not only will it benefit our Atlantic Canadian industry partners by extending our reach into the larger community of food and agri-tech innovators, but it will also provide new opportunities for our members to play a greater role in advancing the sector nationally.”

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.

Springboard Atlantic is a network of 19 post-secondary institutions in Atlantic Canada that supports the commercialization of research and strengthens the competitiveness of Canada’s industries. Springboard’s industry engagement representatives help organizations understand Canada’s funding landscape, navigate intellectual property (IP), and connect them to the right research resources. Visit


For more information:
Dave Smardon, Bioenterprise, or 519-821-2960
Morgan MacKinnon, Springboard Atlantic, or 902-456-3295