Western Growers AgTech Center Announces First International Partner
IRVINE, CA - Staying at the forefront of innovation is no easy feat, which is why The Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology (WGCIT) is extending its partnership reach to include international players. The California-based incubator, which is dedicated to accelerating the development of agricultural technologies, recently announced that the Government of Canada is its first international partner.
“As our technology center continues to advance solutions for farmers across the nation, we are elated to expand our global reach through this collaboration with Canada,” said Dennis Donohue, Director of the WGCIT. “We strive to move the needle on the development of agtech worldwide and look forward to serving as a destination for innovation on a global level.
Located in Salinas, California, the WGCIT is one of the first agricultural technology centers in the United States dedicated to bringing innovative entrepreneurs together with farmers to facilitate creative solutions to the biggest challenges facing agriculture, a press release explained. The incubator, which opened its doors in 2015 with only six companies in tow, has grown to include more than 75 companies. All are striving to develop cutting-edge tech designed to kickstart the specialty crop industry.
As part of the partnership through the Consulate General of Canada, the Canadian Technology Accelerator will have full access to the WGCIT. The partnership will encourage collaboration between the Canadian Technology Accelerator and WGCIT resident startups in an effort to introduce and rapidly deploy innovative technologies that help farmers feed more people with fewer inputs.
“We are thrilled to be the first international partner of the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology,” said Rana Sarkar, the Consul General of Canada in San Francisco/Silicon Valley. “Through this partnership, we are strengthening the agtech ecosystems on both sides of the border and helping to build a sustainable future for North America.”
We at AndNowUKnow look forward to what new innovations arise from this partnership. Stick around as we find out.