Bioenterprise, Innovacorp, and Nova Scotia Innovation Hub are announcing the companies selected for their latest GreenShoots program intake. Each start-up will receive up to $40,000 and business guidance from seasoned professionals to put their plans into action.

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

Here are the four Nova Scotia start-ups selected for GreenShoots 2021 winter round:

Akso – Sam Gao, Frank Xin, Dr. Guangling Jiao – Halifax –
Natural health products from marine origins to boost declining immune systems in seniors.

Ardra – Pratish Gawand, Sandy Der, Mirsad Jakubovic – Sydney –
Natural ingredients for foods, cosmetics and nutraceutical markets using fermentation.

CoteX Technologies – Santosh Yadav – Sydney –
Low-cost controlled-release fertilizers for farmers.

Greenlight Analytical – James Wylde, Simon Benwell – Dartmouth –
Portable analyzer to measure cannabis safety and quality.

Learn more about GreenShoots.

Bioenterprise Corporation
Bioenterprise is Canada’s food and agri-tech engine, bringing more than 15 years of industry experience to help businesses connect, innovate and grow. With expert commercialization services, mentorship, public and private funding, 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.

Innovacorp is Nova Scotia's early stage venture capital organization. It finds, funds and fosters innovative Nova Scotia start-ups that strive to change the world. Early stage investment is at the core of Innovacorp’s business model. The organization also gives entrepreneurs access to world-class incubation facilities, expert advice, and other support to help accelerate their companies.

For more information, please contact:

Mike Bochoff

February 9, 2021, Halifax, Nova Scotia