Start-Ups Selected for Winter 2023 GreenShoots Program

Bioenterprise Canada, Innovacorp, and Nova Scotia Innovation Hub are announcing five innovative companies selected for their latest GreenShoots program intake.

Posted: Apr 19, 2023

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Start-Ups Selected for Winter 2023 GreenShoots Program

Guelph/Halifax, 19 April 2023 – Bioenterprise Canada Corporation, Invest Nova Scotia, and Nova Scotia Innovation Hub are announcing the companies selected for their latest GreenShoots program intake. Each start-up receives up to $40,000 and business guidance from seasoned professionals to put their plans into action.

This is the sixth cohort for GreenShoots, an initiative launched in 2020 to support early-stage Nova Scotia companies focused on innovation in agriculture, food, bioproducts, clean technology, and related sectors.

Below are the five start-ups selected for GreenShoots this round.

Aruna Revolution Health – Rashmi Prakash – Halifax – $40,000
Plastic-free, compostable menstrual pads

Novobind – Hamlet Abnousi – Sydney – $30,000
Alternatives to anti-infectives (antibiotics, antivirals, antiparasitics) for livestock and aquaculture

Lite-1 – Sarah Graham, Roya Aghighi – Sydney – $30,000
Clean dyes grown by microorganisms found in nature to replace synthetics

Pividl Bioscience – Craig Jackson, Anirban Ghosh – Ingonish – $40,000
Technology that produces natural nanocarriers and bioactive products from plants and seaweed for use in agriculture

RFINE Biomass Solutions – Quinn Cavanagh, Gordon Neal – Halifax – $30,000
Technology to upcycle spent coffee grounds into food ingredients

Learn more about GreenShoots.

Bioenterprise Canada Corporation
Bioenterprise is Canada’s food and agritech engine, bringing more than 20 years of industry experience to help businesses connect, innovate and grow. With expert commercialization services, mentorship, public and private funding, and national and global networking, Bioenterprise will help scale your business to create sector-wide impact.

Nova Scotia Innovation Hub
The Nova Scotia Innovation Hub was established in 2015 to foster opportunities in the bioeconomy. The organization works to transform Nova Scotia’s renewable resources into opportunities for the province’s economy and people. It is focused on improving access to feedstock supply, fostering collaborations to capitalize on the growing demand for low-carbon products, and providing financial support to help companies achieve critical commercialization milestones.

Invest Nova Scotia
Invest Nova Scotia offers programs, services, advice, and other resources that Nova Scotia companies need to grow. Early-stage deep technology start-ups are a key focus area for the organization, supporting them through venture capital, incubation facilities, expert advice, and other acceleration initiatives. For more information, visit

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