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Valley Ready Program

The CELS Valley Ready (VR) program is a comprehensive series of activities that coaches, promotes and connects its participating Canadian Life Science Companies to achieve their objectives in the Silicon Valley.

The program is structured around 3 components: Cohort program, Deal Book and Startup Showcase. The Cohort is the entry point with a comprehensive 4-month program complete with webinars, workshops, coaching and networking. 

Our Spring 2021 Valley Ready program launches in April and runs through July 2021. Our cohort consists of Canadian-based Life Science companies from Pre-Seed to Series A that are planning for U.S. funding or market entry.

The VR programming focuses on Coaching, Promotion and Connection:
  • Mentorship: 1 on 1 coaching with accomplished mentors matched to participants needs
  • Webinar Series: Virtual conversations with Bay Area and Canadian leaders on topics most relevant to the life science ecosystem
  • Workshops: Topics include message refinement, pitch development & presentation, path to commercialization, growth and scaling, talent and executive leadership, legal (corporate and IP), regulatory, market access
  • Meetings: Panel discussions and networking with investors, strategic/corporate partners and future customers 
  • CELS VR Deal Book: Featured in the CELS VR Deal Book (digital) featuring vetted, quality Canadian life science startups. Circulated and promoted to the Bay Area Life Science investment community
  • CELS VR Showcase: Exclusive curated pitch event and showcase in 2021 for VR Deal Book companies. Marketed by CELS and its sponsors.

PAST PRogram SPEakers and MEntors


Ameena El-Bibany

Principal, Artis Ventures

Dr. Tarek El-Sawy

Venture Capital Partner, Raiven Capital

Bassam El-Fahmawi

President & CTO, Mawi DNA Technologies


Shahram Seyedin-Noor

Founder & General Partner, Civilization Ventures

Johannes Schweizer

Chief Science Officer, Arbor Vita Corporation


Contact Us:  info@cels-sfo.com








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