Agriculture Technology Companies Gain New Partner
The technopreneurs, ag-industry advocates and government representatives were out in full force Friday, February 26, 2016 to welcome Bioenterprise BC as a new business accelerator offering commercialization services to help promote the creation and growth of BC businesses engaged in agriculture technology.
Timothy Kendrick, president of BW Global Structures Inc., hosted the event in a capacious structure housing two robots — which Darryl Plecas jokingly christened “Thing 1 and Thing 2″. The guests mingled over coffee and baked goods, overlooked by a KUKA 7-axis plasma cutting system used in the state-of-the-art greenhouse production facility. A banner above the podium expressed the thought on everyone’s mind that morning: “Technology and new thinking will feed the world.”
Once the speakers were introduced by MLA Marvin Hunt, the excitement about the announcement was evident. A printed message on the media release from Norm Letnick set the stage: “The Ministry of Agriculture is looking forward to partnering with Bioenterprise BC as we head into the future of agri-tech and take the sector to new innovative and unchartered places.” Partly funded by the BC Innovation Council (BCIC) and the federal government’s Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP), Bioenterprise BC will provide entrepreneurs and startups in the Fraser Valley with business plan assistance, market analysis, funding guidance and networking to help accelerate growth.
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