The Canadian government is investing up to $1.9 million to help the Canadian Food Innovation Network (CFIN) develop a digital food innovation hub, an April 27 news release says. The digital food innovation hub will enhance connectivity among players in Canada’s food innovation ecosystem.
“An impressive body of knowledge is accumulating across the agriculture and agri-food value chain. This investment in the Canadian Food Innovation Network makes it possible to establish links to easily share these resources so that each stakeholder benefits and becomes more efficient,” Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food, says in the release.
The release says the digital food innovation hub will be available around the clock for businesses to access one-on-one mentorship as well as knowledge, research, and innovation resources. A key component it will be the role it plays in helping to identify and match entrepreneurs with technical expertise and partnerships to help spur growth. It’ll also serve as a collaboration space to share best practices and opportunities among the ecosystem.
“The funding from AAFC is allowing us to solve one of the biggest challenges facing the Canadian food sector — the ability to find and connect with the right partners,” Joseph Lake, CEO of the Canadian Food Innovation Network, says in the release.