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Vineland and Bioenterprise partner for ag innovation support services


September 14, 2021
By Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

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Two of Canada’s leading agricultural innovation organizations are joining forces to strengthen the country’s national ag innovation network.

Bioenterprise, Canada’s Food and Agri-Tech Engine, and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on delivering innovation support services to entrepreneurs, start-ups and growth-oriented horticulture businesses across the country.

“Vineland is a known leader in horticultural innovation in Canada and we are thrilled to have their cutting-edge expertise and collaborative leadership become part of Canada’s Food and Agri-Tech Engine,” said Dave Smardon, Bioenterprise CEO. “This MOU represents a new level of partnership between our two organizations to benefit the horticulture sector and the agri-tech innovation ecosystem right across the country.”

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The agreement will expand the national footprint of both organizations and create new opportunities to strengthen horticulture-focused innovation in Canada through access to Bioenterprise’s national network of experts, mentors and funders.

“Vineland has a strong history of collaborative partnerships, and this new agreement with Bioenterprise will help increase our relationships nationally while opening up their innovation network to our organization,” added Vineland president and CEO Ian Potter. “We are continuing to tackle big challenges facing agriculture and agri-food and are helping governments meet provincial and federal growth targets.”

The MOU will enable co-operative efforts on knowledge-sharing, developing funding proposals, assessing new technologies, presenting webinars and education programs and increasing access to commercialization services, corporate and industry partnerships, and on-farm testing and trials.