UFA Co-operative is pleased to announce its engagement with the Saskatchewan-based AGTECH ACCELERATOR, founded by Cultivator powered by Conexus (Cultivator), Emmertech, and Economic Development Regina (EDR) . The AGTECH ACCELERATOR program is a 12-week, venture-backed accelerator program built with founders and farmers as the foundation, and combines agriculture and technology to accelerate the development of agriculture technology startups in Canada and beyond. From March to June each year, the selected cohort companies will connect with expert mentors, investors, service providers, and producers in the industry. .
“As a 114-year-old co-operative, UFA has a long history of supporting progress and innovation in the agricultural sector. Agtech moves at incredible speed-- it is imperative that UFA be in lockstep to accelerate innovation and technological advances to help build solutions to the problems faced by today’s producers,” says Don Smith, Vice President of Petroleum and Innovation, UFA. “The success of the farmers and ranchers we serve is at the heart of all we do, and strategic alliances like this pave the way for the future of agriculture. Saskatchewan is abundant with opportunity, and we are excited to help build a strong and vibrant ag industry in the province, ensuring the economic growth of our sector and food security in the prairies, Canada, and beyond.”
The strategic collaboration will deliver many benefits and opportunities to UFA and its members, including access to critical innovators in the agriculture industry and a pipeline to regional, national, and global startups.
"Agriculture thrives on trust. Direct access to farmers is key to building this trust and creating a meaningful two-way conversation. UFA has established itself as one of Canada's largest and most dynamic co-operatives and an industry leader in the agriculture space," says Bre Walkeden, Cultivator powered by Conexus Community and Partners Manager. "The AGTECH ACCELERATOR is excited to partner with UFA to continue building strong relationships in the agriculture industry and with farmers nationwide. With UFA's commitment to adapting to changing times and technology and driving growth for producers, we believe we have a shared vision and goals for a successful partnership."
For more information about UFA’s engagement with the AGTECH ACCELERATOR please visit cultivator.ca/agtech