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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. 


Applications Closed for our Spring cohort. 

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.

There is a $2,000 USD program fee if accepted. 

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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