Collaboration brings agritech & food accelerator services to research park clients
A newly-announced partnership is bringing accelerator services to Cleantech Commons. This collaboration is designed to boost a key service offering to future research park tenants.
Cleantech Commons is the new 85-acre research park affiliated with Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.
This new partnership will enable the two organizations to join forces in advancing clean technology innovations.
Cleantech Commons is designed to be an innovation hub for start-ups and early-stage companies focused on clean, green, low-carbon, and sustainable technologies.
It will provide innovators and entrepreneurs with access to value-added services, business support, mentorship, and professional advisory networks and services to help move their innovations through to commercialization.
The collaboration between the two organizations will make Bioenterprise’s specialized agriculture and food expertise, national networks, and mentorship framework available to Cleantech Commons clients, while both organizations will also benefit from being able to access provincial and national funding opportunities through joint proposals that support innovation.
“We are looking forward to being part of this innovation park and helping Cleantech Commons clients on their journeys to commercialization,” Dave Smardon, Bioenterprise CEO, told us. “At the same time, it’s exciting for us to be able to open up Canada’s Food and Agri-Tech Engine to new entrepreneurs and create opportunities that will support growth in our sector and our economy.”
“At Cleantech Commons we are creating a Canadian hub for collaborative clean technology innovation that brings together industry with academia, students, and the research community to create solutions to global energy, environmental, and climate challenges,” says Martin Yuill, Cleantech Commons Executive Director.
“Our partnership with Bioenterprise will enable us to offer targeted business acceleration services to our clients to support the development of technologies that will help move us closer to a net-zero future and generate sustainable, high-value cleantech jobs for Canada.”
In addition to a suite of business acceleration services, Cleantech Commons will also provide incubation programming, experiential learning opportunities, and co-working spaces for aspiring student entrepreneurs, as well as commercialization training for researchers.
These value-added services will be offered through the Trent Enterprise Centre, a startup and spin-out support facility for up-and-coming new cleantech ventures.
“The combination of value-added business support, advisory and mentorship services, and entrepreneurship programming will give Trent students the opportunity to end their time at university with more than just a degree,” says Yuill. “They will also be able to develop the skills required to be a cleantech entrepreneur, acquire marketable skills that will give them an edge in a competitive job market, and potentially even create a startup venture of their own.”