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Valley Ready Program

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The CELS Valley Ready (VR) program engages with all stakeholders of the Canadian Life Science community to advance innovative technology.  

Participants are coached and mentored through progressive activities with ongoing webinars, a curriculum based immersion program (virtual and in-person events) that culminates with a live showcase and an exclusive Dealbook.  A successful CELS VR graduate applies their learnings to form productive connections with Bay Area and U.S. investors.  Some programming features include:  

Activities will focus around: 

    • 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, regulatory

    • Meetings: panel discussions and networking with investors, strategic/corporate partners and future customers 

    • Valley Ready Dealbook: inclusion in a digital Dealbook featuring the top Canadian life science startups.  Circulated and promoted to the Bay Area Life Science investment community  

    • Valley Ready Showcase:  Exclusive pitch event and showcase for VR DealBook companies. Marketed by CELS and its sponsors


      1. Adapt and refine your message and pitch to the Bay Area audience

      2. Mentor participants to become “Valley Ready” (meet investor and customer expectations)

      3. Improve and develop visibility in Silicon Valley

      4. Form key relationships and build up the startup’s “Rolodex” (advisors, clinical institutions and strategic partners)

      5. Showcase CELS-VR “graduates” to the Bay Area Life Science investment community 


      (All prices are quoted in US Dollars)

      Enrollment:  Participants must complete an application form and receive a nomination with their submission. All startups being considered will be interviewed by the CELS selection committee.  This is to ensure a high quality cohort class for a rich and dynamic experience.

      Program Fee / Company: $2,000 


      Not Included

      • Up to 2 members of the participating startup

      • All programming, associated materials and catering during scheduled events (Trips #1 and #2) 

      • Each additional team member participation in SV Trip #1 and #2:  $250 USD

      • Travel and accommodation are not included and are the participants sole responsibility

      • No guarantees of funding or engagement with any financial parties

      CELS Contacts

      Program Committee:

      • Joanne Fedeyko, CELS Director, Finance
      • Hatim Chraibi, CELS Director, Marketing
      • Richard Ayllon, CELS, Director

      Contact Us:  info@cels-sfo.com


      40+ …

      # of direct connections  

      50+ …

      # of Silicon Valley mentors 


      # of applications


      # investors, angel groups, strategics, executives and influencers

      12 …

      # of companies selected 

      “We are closing our seed round in December 2019 that includes a prominent Silicon Valley investor!  ...your event last year connected me to Dion, who became an Advisor, who then made an intro to our Silicon Valley investor!” 

      -2019 Canadian Program Participant

      Please complete the form below if you are interested in hearing more about the CELS Valley Ready Program!

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