The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations opens new doors into northern Ontario for the Engine’s national network and offers the Nipissing community, including agri-food and food-tech innovators, access to mentorship, partnership and funding support available through Bioenterprise Canada says a news release.
“Nipissing University’s resources, skills and expertise will be a valuable asset to Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine and our efforts to encourage and expand agri-food innovation in northern Ontario,” says Bioenterprise Canada CEO Dave Smardon. “A key strategic priority for Bioenterprise is sustainable innovation and Nipissing’s research focus on environment and natural resources with regional impact will complement and enhance our work in this area.”
Nipissing’s research in these fields looks at complex environmental challenges on both a local and a global scale, and integrates Indigenous knowledge systems, natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.
“Partnering with Bioenterprise Canada helps to create new connections where we can contribute to finding sustainable solutions and help support our community partners as well as innovation in the North,” says Barbi Law, Dean of Graduate Studies at Nipissing University. “This new partnership will provide access to learning opportunities related to the processes around Intellectual Property, entrepreneurship and commercialization, new collaborative opportunities for our researchers, and experiential learning for our students.”
Bioenterprise Canada is Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, bringing 20 years of industry experience and a global network of research institutions, academia, mentors and experts, government, and industry to help small and medium-sized businesses in the sector nationwide Connect, Innovate, and Grow. Through its experienced service partner network, Bioenterprise offers a wide range of expertise and support to its clients, and partnerships with other industries help open doors to new technologies and platforms to help food and agri-tech businesses innovate and grow.