GreenShoots Program

Applications are now open from June 1 – June 22

What is the GreenShoots Program?

Innovacorp, the Nova Scotia Innovation Hub and Bioenterprise Corporation have partnered to support early stage technology companies in the agriculture, agri-food, bioeconomy, clean technology, and related sectors.

Successful applicants will receive up to $40,000 in non-repayable, non-dilutive funding as well as business guidance from seasoned professionals to put their plans into action.

The goal of GreenShoots is to find and support high potential, early stage knowledge-based Nova Scotia companies, and encourage entrepreneurial activity in the province. The support is intended to help improve the export potential of companies, projected impacts on climate change, job creation, and generation of economic impact in rural areas.


  • Applicants must be a start-up registered and based in Nova Scotia. They must have a new knowledge-based product (i.e., a unique technology solution that cannot be easily duplicated).
  • Applicants must have a technologies at or beyond Technology Readiness Level 4 (TRL 4+) stage of development (i.e., competitive applicants should have a proof of concept and have completed prototype validation in a laboratory environment, at minimum).
  • Applicants must have identified a large market pain and established a company around a customer-validated problem.
  • Applicants must be the majority owner(s) (51 per cent or more) of the start-up and plan to work full-time with the business.
  • Applicants must be from the agri-technology or bioeconomy sector, including agri-management tools and agri-waste management; anaerobic digestion; aquaculture; bioenergy; bioproducts (i.e. bio-fibers, bio-composites, biomaterials, bioplastics); crop science and crop protection; fermentation processes; plant genetics; precision agriculture and data analytics; consumer and industrial agri-food innovations; natural health products; and cannabis technology.
  • Applicants must have less than $1 million in cumulative sales.
  • Companies that have raised more than $25,000 in equity investment from Innovacorp are ineligible. Stacking of Innovacorp and other government funding programs are subject to review and approval by the judging panel.

For more information about this program, please contact our team.

This project is sponsored by: