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Canadian Technology Accelerator Pilot & Foodtech Trade event

Chicago, United States of America
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Canadian Technology Accelerator Pilot & Foodtech Trade event

Target Audience: PME canadiennes 
Sector: Agriculture and Processed Foods

The Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) in Chicago is seeking innovative Canadian companies that are developing Food Technologies for today and tomorrow. We are organizing two programs to help you move into the marketplace faster and more efficiently.

Part 1: Appetite for FoodTech Trade Mission, June 12, 2019 (10 spots available). Selected companies will have a chance to:

  • Pitch your technology to investors and strategic partners
  • Participate in B2B meetings and networking
  • Tour The Hatchery
  • Gain insights on the characteristics of the Chicago market that can improve your chances of success

Part 2: FoodTech CTA Pilot - Six Month Mentoring Program (June – December 2019) (4 spots available). Selected companies will:

  • Travel to Chicago once a month or participate in virtual meetings
  • Work closely with one or more mentors
  • Proactively engage mentor(s) for guidance and advice
  • Gain valuable feedback on growth challenges, market access strategy, business model and investor pitch
  • Access The Hatchery, its workspace, its network and a lot of its educational programing at no cost

Eligibility criteria:

Appetite for FoodTech Trade Mission Program: If you are part of the Canadian business community, and contribute to Canada's economic growth, have a demonstrated capacity for internationalization and have good potential to add value to the Canadian economy, you can benefit from our services and apply for this trade event.

Learn more about the TCS.

CTA Pilot Program: Canadian companies will be selected using a competitive application process. Ideal candidates will have:

  • Created a technology/product with high potential for growth;
  • Initial traction in the market place (in Canada or the US or another geography);
  • A management team;
  • A need for local professionals to evaluate their business models/strategy; and
  • Resources to visit the market periodically.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in participating in either program, please send a request for application form to

For additional information, contact Laura Dalby ( or Chris Bigall ( All applicants will be qualified by a vetting committee. 

All applications must be received at the Consulate by May 24, 2019.

Why your organization should participate:

  • Develop a first-hand understanding of the opportunities and challenges of doing business in foreign markets
  • Gain insights and market intelligence
  • Increase visibility of your product or service
  • Meet academic or research entities
  • Meet key commercial entities, industry players, and potential buyers, investors and/or partners
  • Meet key regulatory bodies
  • Participate in networking events
  • Pitch your product /service to selected audiences
  • Receive mentoring and coaching
  • Receive on-the-ground assistance from the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service

Trade Commissioner(s) involvement:

Activities organized by the Trade Commissioner Service

  • Business-to-business meetings
  • Networking event


The Trade Commissioners, Laura Dalby and Chris Bigall  specialize in the Innovation and Agfood/Agtech sectors for the Chicago market and can provide information on this and other local events that you are considering, as well as advice on business development in the region. Services from the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service are offered free of charge to Canadian companies and organizations.


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