Chinova Bioworks Accepted into First Cohort of Terra Accelerator


Chinova Bioworks announced today that it has been selected for the inaugural cohort of startups for Terra, the Food + Ag Tech Accelerator, which will have global representation from five countries: Canada, Spain, Thailand, UK and USA.

The cohort kicks off today on RocketSpace’s tech campus in San Francisco. The Terra accelerator is founded by Rabobank and RocketSpace and is meant to bring together the industry’s most disruptive startups and progressive corporations to fuel cross-country innovation and set a new standard for food and agriculture.

Chinova Bioworks CEO Natasha Dhayagude and COO David Brown (Image: submitted)

“We’re very pleased to have been selected to take part in the Terra accelerator hosted by two world-renowned groups; Rocketspace and Rabobank,” Chinova Bioworks CEO Natasha Dhayagude said in a release. “Chinova Bioworks has come a long way since first participating in the IndieBio incubator in Ireland.”

Through this accelerator, Chinova Bioworks is aiming to gain brand exposure and be able to validate its product in collaboration with multiple industry corporations. The accelerator model is structured to allow participants to progress beyond a proof of concept to a commercially viable product.

After this week’s kickoff, participants will begin an eight-week tailored curriculum led by industry experts, followed by an eight-week product validation period.

“With Terra we will focus on piloting our natural preservative chitosan technology with the help of a major food ingredient producer, an exceptional opportunity to validate our chitosan preservative at a large scale,” Dhayagude added.

“While Canada is quickly becoming the silicon valley for natural products, we’re excited to be able to work in the original silicon valley for this program.”