Food Start-Ups: Make Your Mark Virtually!

This year, SIAL Canada is launching its very first virtual trade show – Food Inspiration Week – Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 on its platform. Open to trade professionals, the event offers the opportunity to discover international innovations, attend quality webinars hosted by experts and partners, chat with trade show stakeholders – all from the comfort of your home or office.

SIAL Canada is the leading name in the agri-food industry, with more than 1,200 national and international exhibitors from more than 50 countries hosting over 25,000 buyers from Canada, the United States, and 60 other countries.

Returning this year to North America’s largest food innovation trade show is the Start-Up Pitch Competition. The unique contest, which involves a three-minute video pitch, offers these prizes:

  • – Complimentary booth at SIAL Canada 2021 in Toronto
  • – 40 hrs of consultation by experts at Niagara College’s Canadian Food & Wine Institute (CFWI) Innovation Centre
  • – $10,000 value of Nielsen services
  • – $1,500 coupon to use at MITACS
  • – A subscription to the Food Processing Council of Quebec (CTAQ) (value between $300 and $1,500)

Food start-ups have the opportunity to pitch their food product or new technology related to the food manufacturing industry to an expert audience of investors, technical experts, industry leaders and other entrepreneurs.

Returning this year on the judging panel is Ana Cristina Vega Lugo, PhD, a senior food scientist with Research & Innovation’s CFWI Innovation Centre at Niagara College.

“It’s crucial that innovators have a platform where they can present their novel concepts to a network of experts in order to better identify challenges and opportunities, that they can then tackle or leverage for increased success,” says Vega Lugo.

Also on the Pitch Competition judging panel: Dr. Angela Tellez-Lance, PhD, senior food safety expert and risk analyst; Pierre-Marc Denault, client business partner/new business development manager, Nielsen; Anais Détolle, PhD, business development specialist, MITACS; Lynda Stewart, PhD, local business development manager, Sobeys; and Annick Van Camp, PhD, vice-president, progress in food and sustainable development, CTAQ.

Special offer for Start-Ups: become an exhibitor and also participate in the Pitch Competition with the start-ups special offer of $1,000 for a regular booth (normally $2,500).

SIAL Canada is the only national trade show that offers a complete range of food products – whether you work in the retail, catering or food processing industry, or you’re looking for a new and innovative product or regional specialty from around the world. 

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