The Accelerator Centre (AC) is pleased to announce its partnership with the University of Guelph (U of G) to create an Agri-food Accelerator on the U of G campus – Accelerator Guelph.

The new program, operated on the U of G campus will leverage the award-winning Accelerator Program model developed by the AC over the past 11 years and will turn cutting-edge agri-food innovations into products and applications that will improve life and help grow the economy.

The announcement, was made during U of G’s “innovation showcase” and featured leading-edge U of G agri-food projects and was attended by University, industry and government officials, including MP Lloyd Longfield and MPP Liz Sandals.

“The University of Guelph and the AC have been partners since the AC opened its doors and their expertise in working with agri-food innovation is unmatched. We are very proud to be working alongside them to utilize our successful programming to further support the incredible innovation activities coming out of the University,” says Paul Salvini, CEO of the Accelerator Centre.

“In establishing Accelerator Guelph, we wanted to hit the ground running,” said University of Guelph Vice-President Research, Malcolm Campbell. “It was logical to create a partnership with the Accelerator Centre, to capitalize on the fantastic, proven, business development programming for which the Accelerator Centre is world-renowned. We’re now using that partnership as a platform to launch the next generation of entrepreneurial agri-food innovators.”

On January 24, 2018 a pilot cohort of Accelerator Guelph companies will start a 14-week program on campus.  Recruitment for future Accelerator Guelph cohorts happens on an on-going basis and consists of an interview and application process. For more information visit [email protected].