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Bioenterprise Seed Fund

Call for applications is now open! 

Intake period is March 1 – March 29, 2017.  Application details below.

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What is the Bioenterprise Seed Fund?

Bioenterprise is participating in a program funded by the Government of Canada to provide non-repayable seed financing, coaching, and mentorship to assist start-ups and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the agriculture and agri-food sectors, as well as sustainable and environmental technologies, to grow through generation of revenue and attraction of follow-on private investment over the next 4 years. 

Bioenterprise's Seed Funding is a matching program that provides eligible enterprises with:

  • $30,000 in seed funding (to be matched by recipient enterprise)
  • Coaching/mentorship support services (e.g. market intelligence, investment preparation and access to Bioenterprise global network)

Bioenterprise’s program partner Innovation Guelph will deliver this program as the Fuel Injection Program to advanced manufacturing and social innovation industry sectors.

To see a list of Seed Funding recipients, click here.



Am I eligible?

Enterprises applying for the Bioenterprise Seed Fund must:

  • Be headquartered in Southern Ontario
  • Be incorporated (Ontario or federal)
  • Be able to demonstrate matching funds in order to receive seed funding
  • Have a unique agricultural or agri-food innovation
  • Be able to demonstrate a benefit (directly/indirectly) to local/provincial agriculture and/or producer/processor community
  • Have potential to address Canadian or North American export markets

Additional program details, including eligible project types, are described in the 2017 Program Application Guide.


How do I apply?

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The application intake period is March 1 – March 29, 2017.  

If your business is in the agriculture/agri-food, sustainable or environmental technology sectors, please apply directly to Bioenterprise during open calls for applications by completing a Letter of Intent Form.

For application details or questions, please email Jessica Bowes, Manager Business & Technology Analyst Group.

Innovation Guelph

If your business is in advanced manufacturing or social innovation sectors, please apply to Innovation Guelph. For details please click here.


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