Niagara College to host Startup Weekend to address global food problems


As an initiative to address global agriculture and food challenges, Niagara College’s ncTakeOff will hold an Agri-Food Startup Weekend from Jan. 27 until 29. Modeled after Google’s famous Startup Weekend, applicants will be organized into teams, devise solutions to problem statements and receive feedback from a panel of experts. The winning team will be awarded $500 cash and valuable business development services. The Agri-Food Startup Weekend will begin with an inspirational presentation by award-winning horticulturalist, David Pratt, which is free for all to attend.

“This event will be a platform in which participants from all different perspectives – greenhouse tech to computer programming to sales/marketing and beyond – can come together and explore ways to intersect and apply their skills,” says Rachel Crane, project manager of ncTakeOff. “The Agri-Food Startup Weekend, in alignment with our region’s Meridian Ignite! series strategy, will inspire innovation and entrepreneurial action towards problems that matter.”

Program schedule
• Friday, Jan. 27: keynote presentation by David Pratt
• Saturday, Jan. 28: teams attend workshops and develop solutions
• Sunday, Jan. 29: pitch presentation to panel

Applicants must register online at the cost of $15, which includes all meals and materials at Niagara College’s Welland campus. Should an applicant be a student with financial or transportation difficulties, please email Crane at For further details in program scheduling and to register, please visit

-Submitted by ncTakeOff

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