The Agritech Ramp-Up (Ramp-Up) program was designed to enable entrepreneurs to move their ideas to commercials realities. Ramp-Up provided training, coaching, mentoring, networking, & funding.

The program was broken down into two phases. For phase one, each cohort was provided with three full days of market validation training (MVT). Training and assignments included activities such as:

  • Face to face customer meetings following a prescribed script
  • Reviewing and revising go-to-market plans to incorporate customer feedback
  • Analyzing/understanding/anticipating barriers to scale-up

If the participant successfully completed phase one, they moved onto phase two: mentoring, coaching, & networking. Each company was provided specialized mentoring, coaching, and networking opportunities based on the individual company needs.

“The support our team has received from [Ramp-Up] has contributed to the build of our newly designed PikAssist pilot device. This iteration of our device has been developed through many rounds of on-farm testing, and consultation with mushroom farmers and experts across North America and Europe. The build of this new pilot device will allow for final testing on our partner farms to prove the efficacy of our device, and allow us to begin providing devices to mushroom farms across BC and Canada. These PikAssists, once installed, will allow mushroom farms to increase their growing capacity, reduce their harvesting labour requirement, and gather valuable harvest room data.”

Kyle Gardiner, Product Management Lead

At the end of each cohort, the Phase 2 participants were invited to a virtual pitch event. Members of the audience included trainers, mentors and special guest judges from the BC Agritech community who scored the presentations. The scores were used by the review committee to help determine the top two companies from each cohort.  The top two scoring companies from each cohort were awarded a business development grant of $25,000.

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