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Valley Ready Fall 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.

CELS VR program is structured around 3 components: Cohort program, Deal Book and Startup Showcase. The Cohort is the entry point into the comprehensive program - a 4-month learning, coaching and networking experience. 


Open to Canadian-based Life Science companies from Pre-Seed to Series A that are planning for U.S. funding or market entry.

Participants are coached and mentored through progressive activities with ongoing webinars and a curriculum based immersion program that culminates with a virtual Demo Day in January, 2022.  Graduates are featured and promoted in the curated CELS VR Deal Book and invited to the live CELS Showcase in Silicon Valley in 2022 once it is safe to travel. 

A successful CELS VR graduate applies their learnings to form productive connections with Bay Area and U.S. investors.    

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 2022 for VR Deal Book 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 


    Program runs October 2021 through January 2022 and includes bi-weekly workshops and 1:1 mentorship.

    Selection Process: Participants must complete an application form and 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. Our Selection Committee consists of Canadian-based and Silicon Valley-based investors and life science experts. 

    Program Fee / Company: $2,000 USD (
    Up to 2 members/participating company)

    PRogram SPEakers and MEntors

    Speakers and mentors will be announced in March.

    Program Committee:

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

    Contact Us:  info@cels-sfo.com


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