National Bank of Canada (the "Bank") (TSX:NA) will invest
$3 million in The51’s Food and AgTech Fund (the "Fund").
This contribution is aligned with the Bank’s willingness to advance
Canada’s growing tech sectors, including agricultural technologies.
- The51, a national organization headquartered in Alberta, is
focused on improving access to capital for women and gender-diverse
founders while advancing gender equality through economic
- The Fund will invest in early-stage companies at
the pre-seed, seed and Series A levels to advance their growth,
foster sustainable agricultural development, and strengthen Canada’s
- The Bank’s contribution will assist in funding
the advancement of agriculture biotechnology, farm innovation,
automation and food innovation businesses.
"Investing in agricultural technology innovation is critical
for Canada’s economic growth, food security, and environmental
sustainability," says Alison Sunstrum, Managing General Partner
of The51 Food and AgTech Fund.
"Our important work with National Bank harnesses the economic
opportunity of diversity within the food and AgTech sector and beyond.
We want to identify and help build exceptional commercial ventures,
which have the potential to positively impact people and the
planet," says Shelley Kuipers, Co-Founder, General Partner of The51.
"We are proud to support the rapidly developing food and AgTech
sectors, as the Bank continues to grow its presence in Western Canada.
This collaboration with The51 is a commitment to further the
advancement of investors, founders, and businesses, including
underrepresented and diverse groups," says Judith Ménard, Senior
Vice President, Commercial Banking and Private Banking at National Bank.