AgTech Collective Accelerator

Side-stepping siloed innovation

The agriculture industry is going through a fundamental change. New technologies, scientific research, changing consumer demands, geo-political tensions and sustainability demands are all impacting Agriculture and its stakeholders in a huge way. It remains a fragmented industry that needs a solution to bring everyone including industry, farmers, startups and more to the table in a meaningful way.

In partnership with OAFT, Highline Beta is launching the first Canadian AgTech Commercial Deal Accelerator designed to bring together industry experts, corporate partners, and AgTech startups to collaborate on innovative solutions that affect human and companies across the food value chain.

Founding Partner: OAFT

Interested in sponsoring the program? Get in touch

About the program

Highline Beta’s Agtech Accelerator is joining forces with some of the world's most innovative companies to work with startups that care about making people’s lives better. We’re looking for startups that want to proactively scale their businesses and test their products’ viability alongside leading corporations, industry professionals and experts around the world.

This collective program believes that by working together and strategically implementing solutions, we can create meaningful changes, from harvest to market. We invite innovative startups in verticals in farming supply chain and food trust and transperancy to join us on a mission to test and implement solutions that can accelerate the advancement of the agriculture locally and worldwide.

Program Details

The Agtech Accelerator is a milestone-driven accelerator program for early-stage companieswith a mission to take on the chasm that every startup must cross: access to scale

  • Milestone-driven program structured to accelerate the growth of cohort companies with support from enterprise and startup network partners.
  • Program takes place in Toronto across 2 stages lasting between 3 to 6 months (but presence in Toronto is not required full-time)
  • First Stage [3 months]: Tailored programming to help companies design a proof-of-concept (POC) with one of our corporate partners.
  • Second stage [3 months]: The successful proposals advance to the second milestone and get to launch and test the POC in market.
  • No equity investment upfront; opportunity for follow-on investment from Highline Beta and Founding Partners

Why join the program?

  • Connect. The program provides a low-risk platform to connect with enterprise partners and validate technologies, strategies, products, and ideas in close partnership with them and Highline Beta.
  • Test. Through tailored programming and 1:1 coaching, the program helps startups get to a proof-of-concept faster with an opportunity for enterprise scale.
  • Scale. Our enterprise network of leading agtech and agricuture industry collaborators provide an industry-wide ‘unfair advantage’ that can only come from validated products and scale, which in turn amplifies brand awareness and fuels growth.
  • Access funding. Potential funding and access to other institutional investors via the Highline Beta network.

Program Timeline

July 2020

Applications Open

TBD

Application Deadline

TBD

Program Start Date

TBD

Demo Day

Future Proofing Farming

  • Labour automation
  • Farm insurance, and finance solutions
  • Farmer marketplace solutions

Shipping & Supply Chain

  • Last mile solutions
  • Supply chain technology
  • Reducing cost of production
  • Small efficiencies in supply chain

Next Gen. Farming

  • Hydroponics or aeroponic solutions
  • Farm to fork innovation
  • Urban farming
  • Seed technology and genetics
  • Water reduction and recovery

Food Trust & Transparency

  • Traceability
  • Food safety
  • Clean food labelling
  • Waste reduction solutions
  • Quality Control

More challenges coming soon!

If you run a startup focused on Agtech, Footech or related agricultural industries,; feel free to apply, even if you don't specifically fit the criteria of our first challenge.

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Team

Marcus Daniels
Marcus Daniels

CEO & Founding Partner

Highline Beta

Ben Yoskovitz
Ben Yoskovitz

CPO & Founding Partner

Highline Beta

Julia Chelaru
Julia Chelaru

Accelerator Operations Director

Highline Beta

Oksana Salamaszek
Oksana Salamaszek

Program Director

Highline Beta

Tyler Whale
Tyler Whale

President

Ontario Agri-Food Technologies

Andrea Murray
Andrea Murray

Program Administrator

Ontario Agri-Food Technologies

FAQ

What type of startups are you looking for?
Startups that tend to enter our program are at seed stage and above, have a product in market, and have a strong founding team.
Can I apply if my company does not fit the challenge areas?
We encourage all companies that have identified a solution fit to the challenge theme to apply.
Do I have to be located in Toronto to take part in the program?
Companies are not required to be located in Toronto. However in-person presence -- anywhere from 1-3 days a month throughout the program -- would be optimal.
How long is the program?
The program runs for 3-6 months. Remote teams are encouraged to apply. Please note that in-person participation on behalf of your company would be required 1-3 days each month throughout the accelerator program.
How do I apply?
We use a platform called F6S to accept applications. When you click one of our links to the application you’ll be asked to create a profile. Please make sure you provide an email you are checking so we can send you application updates.
What happens after the application has been submitted?
The selection team will carefully review each application. If an initial fit between the program and your company/product is identified, you will be invited to arrange an in-person video call with our selection team to get to know your company better.
Do you have other AgTech related challenges that you’re looking to solve? Let us know!