Ontario Agri-Tech Pitch Competition

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Register to pitch (Deadline February 8th, 2023)

The Research Innovation Office at the University of Guelph is excited to announce the Ontario Agri-Tech Pitch Competition in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs.

By uniting farmers, academics, agri-tech entrepreneurs and investors, this event will raise awareness about the problems worth solving and showcase investible companies.

Join us online to watch as the next generation of new Ontario-based agri-tech start-up companies battle it out to be best in class.

The company with the greatest potential to advance the Ontario agri-food sector and beyond will win a grand prize of $10,000 and the winner of the People's Choice award will take home $2,500.


  • $10,000 Best in Class: for best investment/impact pitch as determined by an experienced investor panel.
  • $2,500 People’s Choice Award: for most popular team determined by audience voting.
  • $1,000 Finalist Award: for each team selected to pitch plus free hotel the night before.

Event details:

  • Open to any Ontario based agri-tech start-up company. 
  • Focus on Ontario-based early-stage companies preparing for seed investment.
  • Hybrid event but mostly online.
  • All teams must pitch live in Guelph, ON.
  • Optional networking for those attending in-person in the OMAFRA Building, 1 Stone Rd, Guelph, ON. 
  • Register to pitch

Why attend?

  • Learn about emerging Agri-Tech talent and technology in Ontario.
  • Learn about the resources available at the University of Guelph to support companies.
  • Register to attend

See the history of the Gryphon's LAAIR Showcase and Competition!

Our Sponsors

This event is an extension of the well-known Gryphon's LAAIR Program funded through the Ontario Agri-food Innovation Alliance, a collaboration between OMAFRA and U of G.

The Research Innovation Office thanks its sponsors the Ontario Agri-food Innovation Alliance, RHA Partners / 519 Growth Fund and AgExpert.

RHA Partners / 519 Growth Fund, AgExpert and Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs logos

Contact us!

Want to learn more or have any questions? Contact us at newventurecreation@uoguelph.ca