The THRIVE Academy: agri-food tech pre-accelerator program

Deadline: 12th of January, 2024

The THRIVE Academy is a 12-week pre-accelerator program for agri-food tech entrepreneurs, early-stage firms, and researchers wanting to commercialize their inventions. Our comprehensive program will assist you in de-risking and validating your idea while also preparing you to obtain funding and develop your go-to-market plan.


Through THRIVE Academy, you’ll receive the tools and support to build a company foundation for scalable growth

  • Acceleration: The program is specifically designed to kickstart your entrepreneurial journey and accelerate rapid progress towards commercial outcomes.
  • Mentorship: THRIVE Academy will match you with mentors from our extensive network of industry insiders, corporates, alumni, and investors.
  • Investment Readiness: THRIVE Academy will teach you the fundamentals of what founders need to be investment-ready, ensuring your highest chance at success when you seek outside funding.
  • Validation: THRIVE Academy will help you test and validate your idea and make fast informed de-risked decisions that minimize your risk.
  • Smart Farm Access: You’ll have an opportunity to access Old’s College Smart Farm & other PSI’s to evaluate, demonstrate, and validate your developing technology.
  • Accelerator Opportunities: Selected startups will have the opportunity to graduate into THRIVE’s Canada or Global Accelerator programs.


  • Pre-seed – Seed Stage agri-food tech companies
  • Researchers or university teams looking to commercialize a technology
  • Early stage innovators with ground breaking ideas for agri-food tech


  • AgTech:on farm technologies, such as sensors, livestock or crop monitoring,labour.
  • FoodTech:e.g., novel proteins, ingredients, consumer packaged goods.
  • Other:e.g., carbon capture, commodity markets, packaging.

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