Fanshawe Centre for Research and Innovation (CRI) and RH Accelerator partner to support innovative agriculture & food companies

January 3, 2021 - London, Ontario


Fanshawe Center for Research and Innovation (CRI) and RH Accelerator are partnering to help grow innovative scale up businesses in the agriculture and food industry. This partnership will encourage RH Accelerator companies to access the considerable resources offered through CRI, as well as provide small-medium size businesses looking to conduct research with CRI access to the network and resources of the RH Accelerator ecosystem. This is a valuable new relationship that connects innovative companies to the research, development and resources they require to bring new products to the market.

“We have been impressed with the vision and growing capabilities at the Centre for Research and Innovation. There is great potential leverage and synergy between those resources and the entrepreneurs we are investing in at RH Accelerator,” says Joe Dales, Co-founder of RH Accelerator. “Many of our founders and their teams are Fanshawe College alumni and will love collaborating with CRI's expertise and excellent laboratories, bringing new innovations to market, creating jobs and economic activity. We are also enthisiastic supporters of CRI's chair of research, Colin Yates, PhD and Fanshawe College President Peter Devlin and the great work they are doing during these challenging times."

“Fanshawe’s CARIB labs are at the forefront of proof-of-concept and product testing, two key areas that growing businesses need to achieve success,” says Yates. “We connect these businesses to the laboratory services, expertise and partners they need to bring their ideas to market. Our work in food innovation is both important to the regional economy and deeply relevant to the global need to produce more food that is more nutritious with less waste."

Learn more about CRI's work in Food Innovation applied research by viewing this Ready Set Grow Podcast that featured an interview with Yates.


About Fanshawe College and CRI

Fanshawe College is one of Ontario’s largest colleges, helping people unlock their potential and achieve success for more than 50 years. With a focus on applying innovation across all aspects of Fanshawe, the College opens up a world of possibilities by offering more than 200 degree, diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs to students from more than 100 countries each year. Fanshawe’s Centre for Research and Innovation (CRI) drives the economy in Southwestern Ontario and beyond forward by solving applied research needs through leading expertise.
For more information, you can contact Andrew Kaszowski ( or 519-452-4430, ext. 4586)


About RH Accelerator

The RH Accelerator Inc. invests in early stage innovative companies helping the founders and teams grow their businesses. RH Accelerator provides significant resources and support carried out by a very experienced team of startup founders with an extensive network of mentors and investors and business professionals. The RH Accelerator is supported by several sponsors, including LEDC, rTraction, Farm Credit Canada, AgExpert, MNP, MentorWorks, PwC and BBO as well as 30 mentors who have committed their time to help our RHA firms. You can learn more at
For more information, you can contact David Billson ( or 519-438-9064)