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CELS-SFO is dedicated to inform and facilitate connections between Canadian Life Science Entrepreneurs and the Bay Area Life Science Community through multiple programs:

Valley Ready (VR)

The CELS Valley Ready (VR) program is designed to immerse new Canadian Life Science companies into Silicon Valley start-up ecosystem so that they may become more effective in achieving their local business objectives.  The program applies CELS experience and best practices from successful Bay Area accelerator programs. The comprehensive program involves several stages including home based, virtual and Silicon Valley area activities. Participants will build their knowledge from the content, workshops and mentor sessions as well as from effective relationships that are important to navigate the Bay Area start-up ecosystem.  Activities will focus around: 

  • Mentorship: 1 on 1 coaching with accomplished mentors matched to participants needs  
  • Workshops: message refinement, pitch development & presentation, path to commercialization, growth and scaling, legal, regulatory
  • Meetings: panel discussions and networking with investors, strategic/corporate partners and future customers


For the Life Science Community at Large featuring high quality current event speakers discussing matters important to advancing Canadian Life Science technology in the Bay area.

Virtual presence technology is offered.


Regularly scheduled, informal monthly networking events to meet Life Science colleagues, local and visiting CELS members.


By invitation program for Canadian Start-Ups, provides a customized mentoring program matching Canadian entrepreneurs with local mentors to achieve milestones on their path to commercialization.

Special Events

In cooperation with other organizations, CELS supports events throughout Canada and the Bay Area that assist Canadian companies to learn and network with the right people.

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