Meet the 2020 York Region Food Accelerator Cohort

On August 11th, we kicked off the second cohort of our YSpace Food Accelerator program, being fully virtual for the first time. One of the first of its kind in the GTA, our Food Accelerator will help promising food and beverage consumer-packaged goods (CPG) ventures build their strategy, grow their network and scale their business.

After much deliberation, we narrowed a staggering amount of applications down to 8 companies that are driving innovation in the food and beverage industry. Get to know the 2020 YSpace Food Accelerator Class below!


Backcountry Wok makes dehydrated Asian and vegan camping meals in 100% compostable bags. Just add hot water! Our meals are a force for environmental good with a portion of our profits from every bag going towards our educational workshops and adventures for youth and newcomers to Canada.

Learn more about Backcountry Wok here

Choose Life Foods

Choose Life Foods offers vegan Jamaican patties made with natural and quality ingredients!

We adhere to a core set of values that guides everything we create: Clean Ingredients, ingredient sourcing and taste.

Learn more about Choose Life Foods here



Culcherd is an artisanal, innovative, dairy alternative company, making products out of plants. Culcherd creates artisanal dairy-alternatives. Flavourful, healthy, & environmentally friendly. Chef created by co-owner Liz Gallagher. We're rich in probiotic - that support a healthy immune and digestive system.

Learn more about CULCHERED here


Got BALLZ was born out of the mere necessity of finding a healthy snack which was not only good for the body but also tasted great, without any added sugar. We wanted to set ourselves apart from the competition and have created our newest line of Innovative and Unique foods called LOW-CARB. This line consists of foods which are Grain-free,Sugar-free,Low Carb & Keto friendly.

Learn more about Got BALLZ here


Leo & Co. Bakery is the first 100% paleo bakery in Toronto.The company only use whole, nutrient dense foods. Founders Ivana and Antonia, understand from personal experience, how difficult it can be to find readily made food that is both delicious and nutritious. Through developing food allergies, the pair learned that the options are limited for those who are looking for grain free, gluten free, and dairy free baked goods.

Thus Leo and Co was born - creating paleo, vegan, keto, AIP and diabetic friendly treats for all.

Learn more about Leo & Co here


Nufs Superfood Snack Bites are delicious, nutritious, and not too sweet. They're made with REAL ingredients and no preservatives for the ultimate guilt-free snack. It's a healthy snack using authentic Asian flavors.

Founded by sisters with the aim to make fresh Superfood Snack Bites and bring Authentic Asian flavours to the natural health foods space.

Learn more about Nufs Superfood here



Oat Canada offers low sugar oat protein food and beverage solutions that invite others to change from dairy proteins to plant proteins. As a result we believe we can address some these issues pressing our country such as heart disease, animal welfare, greenhouse gas emissions and exhausting our Canadian natural resources.

Learn more about Oat Canada here


Remix Snacks is good for you and good for the environment. Remix founders, both Dietetics and Nutrition graduates who went from being strangers to dorm neighbours, to creators of Remix Snacks, started with simple idea; taking on the challenge of creating delicious snacks that combine the delicate taste of fine dark chocolate, with the great nutritional benefits of their favourite plant- based protein – beans.

Learn more about Remix Snacks here