FAQ

Idea Box

Agropur wants to take ideas that are bold and different and turn them into reality.

We’re interested in the following product categories and areas:

  • Dairy products
    • Fresh products (milk, butter, etc.)
    • Cheese
    • Yogurt
    • Frozen products
  • Dairy-based foods or beverages
  • Ingredients
  • Packaging
  • Industrial processes
  • New technologies

Our jury of experts will assess your idea. If it is selected, we will contact you about joining forces and starting a collaboration.

We will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.

It’s fairly simple and straightforward: just explain the purpose of your idea, the solutions it provides, what makes it attractive. Feel free to go into detail. Your explanation should be precise enough to give us a clear understanding of your concept. But please don’t include any confidential information in your online submission.

Yes! Agropur accepts all ideas, patented or not.

No. There is no payment for submitting ideas. However, if your idea is selected, several types of partnerships and business relationships will be possible.

We will use your personal information only to communicate with you. Agropur will not use your information for any other purpose or share it with any third party without your express consent.

Inno Challenge

The goal is to assemble talents from around the world and come up with bold solutions. Go to the challenges page to see the description of each challenge.

It depends on the challenge you’re tackling. Go to the challenges page for full details: description of the problem, deadline for submitting your solution, and long-term benefits for the selected team.

Provide a summary that explains the purpose of your solution, the obstacles it overcomes and what makes it attractive. Your explanation should be precise enough to give us a clear understanding of your solution. But please don’t include any confidential information in your online submission.

Yes! Agropur accepts all ideas, patented or not.

Our jury of experts will assess your solution. If it is selected, we will contact you about joining forces and starting a collaboration.

It depends on the challenge. We will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.

Each challenge offers different rewards. Go to the challenges page for descriptions of the benefits for the selected teams.

We will use your personal information only to communicate with you. Agropur will not use your information for any other purpose or share it with any third party without your express consent.

Inno Accel

SELECTION CRITERIA

We're looking for passionate and dedicated start-ups with an original solution that is ready (or almost ready) to launch on the market or with some traction (but early stage) and strong growth potential. The selection criteria are:

  • Dairy or Dairy-Related Solution: Food products, beverages, packaging, industrial processes, etc.
  • Business Model / Scalability: Submission covers company’s revenue model, competitors, scaling methods, customer acquisition and retail pricing; the company’s margins and how to improve them to support growth; the company’s high-growth market opportunities.
  • Product / Technology: Product/service has a competitive advantage. The barriers to market entry are high.
  • Customers / Traction: Team is on track to building a successful business and its project meets the needs of consumers or the industry. Team has done research to evaluate the competition and has validated a need.
  • Innovation & Impact: Concept is a game-changing approach to solving a problem or gap in the market that could have major impact at scale.

Of course! We will consider any and all innovative dairy-related solutions. Your project could be a food product, a beverage or any other solution, such as a new dairy-related packaging solution or process. Submit your application, you have nothing to lose!

No! We will consider companies from around the world.

Agropur's accelerator program is designed for companies that have an idea that is ready (or almost ready) to launch on the market. If your idea is in its infancy, then you may be at a too early stage. However, you have nothing to lose by submitting an application; it commits you to nothing!

We value peer mentorship, so we are looking to work with companies at various stages of maturity that can support and help each other. Submit your application: nothing ventured, nothing gained!

Fill out the online form. Applications will be evaluated against the selection criteria (see above). If your company makes the short list, we will contact you with details about the pitch event, on which the final selection will be based.

No. If you are short-listed, you will be able to send a tape of your pitch or live-stream it. The organizing committee will give you the details.

PROGRAM DETAILS

At Agropur's head office in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, Canada, near Montreal. You will work with minds as creative as your own for one week per month. Do you live outside Canada? No worries! You won’t have to relocate for the duration of the program. If you have a team of people, you can choose to send one person or the entire team.

You will have access to Agropur's experts (in marketing, R&D and other fields) and you will be supported by coaches and mentors. You will also have access to the Agropur pilot plant and will be guided through a program designed to expand and grow your business.

Four months. During that time, you will work closely with experts, have access to the pilot plant, and get the leg up your start-up needs. The program ends with a demo day on which you will present your product or solution to Agropur senior management.

QUESTIONS ABOUT SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION

The short-listed companies that have been selected to attend the pitch event that will be held in Canada — location to be determined - will be informed in Spring 2019 (final date to come). Companies will be given at least a month notice prior to pitch date.