The CELS Valley Ready (VR) program is designed to immerse new Canadian Life Science companies into Silicon Valley start-up ecosystem so that they 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 vital to navigate the Bay Area start-up ecosystem.
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. Graduates are featured and promoted in the curated CELS VR Deal Book and invited to the in-person CELS Showcase in Silicon Valley.A successful CELS VR graduate applies their learnings to form productive connections with Bay Area and U.S. investors.
Adapt and refine your message and pitch to the Bay Area audience
Mentor participants to become “Valley Ready” (meet investor and customer expectations)
Improve and develop visibility in Silicon Valley
Form key relationships and build up the startup’s “Rolodex” (advisors, clinical institutions and strategic partners)
Showcase CELS-VR “graduates” to the Bay Area Life Science investment community
Program runs April through June and includes a 10-part workshop series, 1:1 mentorship and introductions to our network.
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)
The Program runs virtually May - August (Spring Cohort) and October-January (Fall Cohort).
A look at some of our past program speakers, mentors and supporters.
Healthcare & Life Sciences Investor
Telegraph Hill Partners
President & Chief Technical Officer
Mawi DNA Technologies
Co-founder & CEO
Scott St. Germain
Vice President & General Manager
Oncology Business, Genentech
''The CELS program is a great resource for Canadian companies looking to build connections to the valley. Joanne, Hatim, and Richard are genuinely interested in building an ecosystem and helping the companies that participate. We are also excited to have continued engage with the mentor we connected to through the program, which speaks to the character and passion of those involved. Lastly, the cohort and programming spans all startup stages and across multiple healthcare spaces, giving participants a broad view into the development and challenges of startups in this sector.''
-Ali Hashemi, CEO and Co-Founder, CSTS Health Care Inc.
'''Our startup, Mesintel Therapeutics, was a member of the Fall 2021 cohort and through our weekly sessions and the demo day we were able to build and refine our story by pitching to different groups of interest including Angel, corporate and strategic investors. Our goal was to get direct and honest feedback from investors outside of Canada and the CELS program was very helpful in that regard. Joanne and the CELS team have a wide network and they have continued to share contacts and events of interest long after the sessions have ended."
- Jonathan Jafari, Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer, Mesintel Therapeutics Inc.
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