Zone Agtech and Axceta launch the 2023-2024 edition of the Innov’agtech Program

On November 22, the Zone Agtech, in partnership with Axceta, kicked off the 2023-2024 edition of the Innov’agtech program. This year, nine participating companies have been selected to follow a variety of training courses and benefit from coaching from strategic industry players and networking sessions to accelerate the development, financing and marketing of their innovations, offering them an enriching pathway to progress in their innovative projects.

This year, the companies selected for the Innov’Agtech program are :

  • AgriBioNovation: Technology for rapid deployment of agricultural nets in 3-season greenhouse tunnels;
  • Monark Cooperative: Superior-performance, ultra-lightweight biobased insulation quilt made from milkweed fiber;
  • Mon Système Fourrager: the first integrated forage management platform;
  • AutoFarmWorks: Lightfoot AAV multifunctional autonomous agricultural vehicle;
  • Agridev: Production of a new organic greenhouse substrate from fruit peel;
  • Ecoumène: Development of a new kit for growing indoor mushrooms;
  • Tessellate Robotics: Development of technologies to automate field scouting and inspection tasks;
  • PULR Technologies: Reusable radio-frequency labels with light, temperature and humidity sensors;
  • M.C. Contrôle Nordique: Development of a complete automation solution for AI-driven horticultural greenhouses.
Participants in the 2023-2024 cohort of the Innov’Agtech program

The Parcours kicked off with a welcome activity organized by Zone Agtech and Axceta, a training session followed by a workshop on internal and external company diagnostics offered by Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, and a match-making activity with the coaches and experts of the 2023-2024 cohort, including entrepreneurs and professionals Daphné Mailhot (Ferme d’hiver), François Proulx (Hortau), Samuel fournier (Chrysalabs), Mathieu Phaneuf (Agrilog), Caroline Forest (Intelia), Bryce Nagels (Zone Agtech), Yourianne Plante (Fermes Lufa), Christian Riopel (Sobeys), Ismir Hernandez (REIA), Éric Sansregret (Groupe Riendeau), Simon Olivier (Cycle H2O), Nadia Martel (Fond i4Capital), Mélanie Rosa and Brad Minchinton (CieNOV), Étienne Lépine-Bélair (FAC-FCC), Cristina Marques (CRIBIQ) and Julien Trussard (Olivia Capital SEC).

Coaches and experts of the 2023-2024 cohort of the Innov’Agtech Program

Throughout the program, the coaches will play an active role in the candidates’ development, accompanying them through the various stages of their projects. Each participant will benefit from 8 hours of individualized coaching by the cohort coaches, and up to 8 hours of digital development coaching by Axceta. The winners identified at the end of the program could be awarded grants, including $35,000 from the Zone Agtech and the local development organization CieNOV of the MRC de L’Assomption for their establishment in the Zone Agtech, and $15,000 from CRIBIQ for the pursuit of their innovation project in Quebec.

This emotionally-charged day was a resounding success, laying the foundations for a distinctive and highly strategic course for all participants. We would like to express our gratitude to all the coaches, teachers and staff involved in providing our participants with an exceptional opportunity.

The participating companies will be presented in detail in our next article, so stay tuned!

We would also like to remind you that several training courses will be open to the public. For more information and to register for the various training courses, visit www.zoneagtech.ca.

More about the Innov’agtech Program

The Innov’Agtech Program, an initiative dedicated to the development of innovations that increase food self-sufficiency, reduce environmental impact and adapt to climate change in the agricultural sector, runs for 16 weeks, from November 2023 to April 2024. Aimed at ten entrepreneurs and teams specialized in product development, it offers the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of renowned professors from the École de gestion de l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, as well as the enlightened advice of Zone Agtech advisors and experienced managers in the agrifood, agro-industrial and financing fields.

During the course, candidates will be invited to integrate best practices in strategic planning, financing and marketing in the innovative agricultural technologies and solutions sector. In addition, they will have the opportunity to discover the value and financing chain specific to Quebec for the growth of their company. Throughout the program, candidates will be mentored by successful agtech entrepreneurs, financing advisors, fund managers and major players in the Quebec agri-food supply chain.

The Innov’Agtech program offers the opportunity to optimize business models and strategies with the aim of reducing development costs, capitalizing on strengths, creating optimized financial packages, clarifying the company’s market positioning, developing effective strategies, developing a business network and creating relationships conducive to accelerating the project or company.

In addition to these benefits, at the end of the program, candidates will be invited to present their project to a group of buyers and investors. Participants who decide to expand or set up a business in the Zone Agtech at the end of the program could be eligible for grants worth a total of $35,000, of which $20,000 will be awarded for setting up a business in the Zone. The company will also receive a bank of private coaching hours worth nearly $15,000 to further its development.

Find out more about our main partner, Axceta.

Find out more about the Innov’Agtech program.

Find out more about the coaches of the 2023-2024 cohort

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