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Bioenterprise Seed Funding

Due to overwhelming demand, applications are no longer being accepted for the 2016 intake period.

Thank you for your interest in Bioenterprise's Seed Funding.  Details for the 2017 application deadlines to follow.  

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What is the Bioenterprise Seed Funding Program?

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 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 Bioenterprise Seed Funding 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 Program Application Guide.

How do I apply?

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Due to overwhelming demand, applications are no longer being accepted for the 2016 intake period. Details for the 2017 application deadlines to follow.  

If your business is in the agriculture/agri-food, sustainable or environmental technology sectors, please apply directly to Bioenterprise by completing the Letter of Intent form. 

A Bioenterprise Analyst Team member will be in contact within 2 weeks regarding next steps in the application process.

For application details or questions about the 2017 applications, 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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