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VANTEC 4th Annual Agrifood Tech Investment Forum

  • 04 Nov 2020
  • Online

Meet BC's most promising Agritech, Foodtech and Biotech seed and scale-up companies

There has never been a better time to invest in Agrifood Tech. New ways to grow, process and distribute healthier and more nutritious foods at better yields because innovative technologies provide tremendous opportunities for investment at a global scale.

With this event we want to introduce you to some of the most promising seed stage companies in BC that have the potential to provide great returns for investors while contributing to the health and sustainability of our people and planet.

Together with local accelerators and angel investors we selected and vetted BC’s most promising seed and scale-up companies from across the farm to fork value chain. We invite accredited investors, industry experts and stakeholders for an afternoon of investor panels, pitches, 1:1 meetings and networking.

Date: 04 Nov 2020

Time: 2:30pm - 6:00pm PST (Vancouver)


Registration & Networking 2:30 p.m.

Breakout Rooms for Networking

Presentation: Investment Trends 3:00 p.m.

Steve Hansen of Raymond James shares trends, opportunities and examples why investing in Agtech and Foodtech is rapidly growing and rewarding.

Panel Discussions: 

Moderated panel discussions with founders and investors.

Taking a global perspective early in your journey

Tom Urban of Agribusiness Advisors has a conversation with the founders of Neupeak, Future Fields and Livestock Water. They all chose to join a foreign  accelerator. Why did they, how did it change their perspective and how did they benefit. 

Raising Funding from the right investors beyond our borders

Steve Hansen of Raymond James has a conversation with the founders of Barrelwise, Lucent Soileos and Scout Canning about how they sought the right investors for them across Canada and beyond.

Welcome 4:00 p.m.
Community Announcements 4:05 p.m.

Community partners are invited to announce their upcoming events to the investors in the room and subscribers to our newsletter. Simply email us at info@vantec.c

Company Presentations 4:15 p.m.

Companies can apply to pitch here, and are recommended to attend one or more of the pitch circuit events to practice their pitch. The selected companies will be announced 2 weeks prior to the meeting.

The final agenda and time allocations will be chosen based on the number and stage of the companies selected.

PREVIEWS (90 seconds)
  • Susgrainable | Food & Beverage, SD | GustSusgrainable is a circular economy food company producing up-cycled barley flour from spent grain (beer "waste") improving nutrition & reducing food waste.

  • BinBreeze | Food & Beverage | Gust | Upcycled 'Kitchen Compost Powder' that eliminates fruit flies, neutralizes compost odours, and improves the resulting soil. BinBreeze makes composting easy!

  • Plant Veda | Food & Beverage, SD | Gust | Our Word's first Vegan Lassi got Product of the Year Award and is very popular in the vegan audience.

  • Growbox Food Systems | Food & Beverage | Gust | GROWBOX is a local urban farm project, transforming empty urban spaces into streets of vertical farms that grow greens and vegetables.

  • FoodCODE SystemsFood & Beverage | Gust | FoodCODE is a cloud-based application that uses data integrated intelligent Smart-QR Code giving you a tool to make healthier food choices.

  • Audacious Energy | CleanTech, SD | Gust | Audacious Energy designs smart energy management systems to enable integration of 2nd Life EV batteries in stationary applications.

  • Neupeak Robotics | AgTech | Gust | AI enabled autonomous robots addressing fruit harvesting challenges.

  • Orka Water | Food & Beverage | Gust | Orka is a Plastic-free drinking water provider in Urban Environment.

  • Synergraze | AgTech, SD | Gust | A natural cattle feed additive that will nearly eliminate methane emissions and increase weight gain by 50% in cattle and other ruminants. 

FULL PRESENTATIONS (5 minutes presentation + 5 minutes Q&A)

  • Blue Heron Creamery | Food & Beverage | Gust | Having the best plant-based cheese in the industry, Blue Heron requires capital to scale production to meet the insatiable demand for it's product.

  • Scout Canning | Food & Beverage, SD | Gust | Scout is a craft cannery and sustainable seafood brand modernizing seafood CPG in North America.

  • Clearwater Farms | Agtech, SD | Gust | Growing and pricing micro-greens as a lettuce substitute to achieve a higher margin with year-round consistency in a vertical environment.

  • Wine Crush | Agtech, Food & Beverage, SD | Gust | Patent-pending bio mechanical process for transforming wine derivative into highly nutritious content.

  • Amphoraxe | BioTech, F&B | Gust | We develop alternatives to conventional antibiotics to replace ineffective or restricted drugs. Our beachhead market is poultry farming applications.

  • Verdi | AgTech | Gust | Intelligent, targeted irrigation as a service.

  • Techbrew | AgTech | Gust | We build Industrial Vision Guided Robotic Systems for the food industry and developed a high mushroom picking robot.

  • Lucent BioSciences (Soileos) | AgbioTech, SD | Gust | Lucent has developed a new class of micronutrient fertilizers that is carbon-neutral, does not have run-off pollution while improving yield and crop quality.


In addition to or instead of presenting companies can opt to have 1:1 meetings with interested investors before or after this event.

Investor Decks

The company presentations and investor packages, including more details on the team, financials and other documents are available to VANTEC members on the Gust platform. Email us at info@vantec.ca if you have any questions.

Networking 5:30-6:00 p.m.

Time for conversations between entrepreneurs and investors.  

NOTE: In our effort to share the pitches and presentations beyond our venue for a bigger impact we will record some of our events and make them available online.

Register here.

Netherlands-Canada Chamber of Commerce | Morssingel 13, 2312 AZ Leiden| The Netherlands | +31 (70) 2210 555 | info@nccc.trade 

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