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Agri-Food Startup Weekend

January 27, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - January 29, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

Based on Google’s famous Startup Weekend model, Niagara College’s Agri-Food Startup Weekend will spark innovation and entrepreneurial action focused in solving problems in Agriculture and Food sectors.

This inspirational and action-packed weekend will begin Friday night, when we hear from award-winning horticulturalist, David Pratt. Teams* will then form and learn more about the problems for which they will develop solutions (see problem statements below).

On Saturday, teams develop solutions and business models with support from mentors and workshops, and pitch to a panel of expert judges on Sunday afternoon. Judges will award one winning team the grand prize of $500 cash and various other in-kind business services (visit ncTakeOff.ca/site/agrifood-startup-weekend for prize package details).

Online registration is mandatory. The Keynote Presentation is free and open to all.
The cost to participate in the Whole Weekend is $15 (includes materials, meals & brain fuel). If you are a student, and cost or transportation is a barrier to your participation, please email Rachel rcrane@niagaracollege.ca to work out a solution.

*Upon registration, individuals will be assigned teams based on diverse skillsets to ensure multi-dimensional solutions (for example, a team may consist of a greenhouse technician, mechanical engineer tech., computer programmer, marketing student, and someone with a culinary innovation background). Please refer to full Terms of Participation at ncTakeOff.ca/site/agrifood-startup-weekend.

Friday, January 27, Welland Campus, Auditorium AH141
5:00-5:30pm, Networking
5:30-6:30pm, Keynote Presentation ft. David Pratt (Note: this event is open to all. Select Friday ONLY option for registration).
6:30-8:00pm, Registration & set-up for weekend (Note: open to weekend participants, register accordingly).

Saturday, January 28, Welland campus, various locations
All day, starting with breakfast at 9:30am, rooms reserved until 10pm.
Teams attend workshops (The Business Model Canvas and ‘How to Pitch’); develop solutions and pitches.

Sunday, January, 29, Welland Campus, Auditorium S160
9:30am-1:30pm, Teamwork time, pitch practice
2:00pm-4:30pm, Pitch Presentations (Note: all are welcome to attend and watch presentations)


January 27, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
January 29, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
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Niagara College Welland Campus