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

Rashmi Prakash – Halifax, NS – $40,000
Plastic-free, compostable & disposable menstrual pads


Hamlet Abnousi – Sydney, NS – $30,000
Alternatives to anti-infectives for livestock and aquaculture


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

Pividl Bioscience

Craig Jackson, Anirban Ghosh – Ingonish, NS – $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, NS – $30,000
Technology to upcycle spent coffee grounds into food ingredients

About GreenShoots

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.

Bioenterprise Canada Corporation
Bioenterprise is Canada’s food and agritech 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, and national and global networking, Bioenterprise will help scale your business to create a sector-wide impact.

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

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.

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We can help drive your growth and success in the Bioeconomy with detailed information on available feedstocks in Nova Scotia, an expansive network of strategic and collaborative partners, and financial support to fuel your growth. Our team can guide you to resources and connect your supply chain.

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