Dave Smardon of Bioenterprise speaks at an event in 2018.

Bioenterprise builds a national agri-food innovation network

The Guelph-based organization is partnering with organizations with an interest in agriculture and food

Reading Time: 3 minutes A little over a year ago, a Guelph-based agri-food innovation accelerator set out on a somewhat ambitious quest: to build a national agriculture innovation network. Bioenterprise had a long-standing history in Ontario of helping start-ups and emerging companies in the agri-food sector along their growth paths, but there was no one-stop-shop at the national level […] Read more

Dave Smardon spoke at the Innovation Expo in Guelph in 2018.

Agriculture technology incubators evolve during pandemic

There’s greater interest in funding food security and agriculture automation

Reading Time: 3 minutes Global farm technology investment funding hit an all-time high in 2019 of $4.9 billion U.S. According to the 2020 Farm Tech investing report by AgFunder, that’s an increase of 6.8 per cent over the year before, and a rise of 370 per cent since AgFunder first began tracking these statistics in 2012. And although the […] Read more

Organizations, businesses, and universities are considering a more collaborative incubator model for ag tech.

Hatching new technology

Can organizations, business and universities come together to create a more efficient incubator of ag tech in Ontario?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Like many long-time players in Ontario’s agriculture innovation space, Dave Smardon is well aware that the space is crowded, efforts are fragmented and innovators are starved for funding. The CEO of Bioenterprise, a non-profit organization that since 2003 has helped more than 2,500 companies commercialize agricultural technology, recognizes the value of competition to drive innovation, […] Read more

The RiteHeight sensor for sprayer booms has been a success for Greentronics.

Made-in-Ontario technology simplifies crop traceability

The RiteTrace system help to limit paper record-keeping and makes quality assurance easier

Reading Time: 3 minutes Technology developed by an Elmira-based company is breaking new ground in food safety, traceability and crop management for potato growers. RiteTrace is the latest application for the potato industry from Greentronics, which has also developed a boom height control system for potato harvesters that can be used on sprayers, as well as a yield mapping […] Read more

Rob Wong of Agri-Neo.

Made-in-Ontario food safety treatment for dry foods now used across North America

Product helps reduce food safety issues on foods that can’t be otherwise sanitized before consumption

Reading Time: 2 minutes An Ontario company has developed a biodegradable organic sanitizer specifically to eliminate microbes on dry foods like seeds, nuts, and powders. Foods treated with Neo-Pure are now sold in major grocers across North America, including Loblaw, Whole Foods, Costco and Trader Joe’s — and new technology for treating wheat flour is in the pipeline. “Most […] Read more