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ALT TEX Inc.
Through its novel biomaterial fermentation technology, ALT TEX is creating biodegradable and carbon neutral textiles, re-engineered from food waste, with the aim of replacing polyester.Learn more
Aruna Revolution Health Inc.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Aruna’s sustainable compostable menstrual pads and tampons are developed from processed agricultural waste (vegetable and fruit fibres) in a circular bioeconomy model.Learn more
Fredericton, New Brunswick
This project’s innovative BioNanoCoil technology utilizes fish processing waste to produce lobster and crab bait.Learn more
Carbon Lock Technologies Inc.
This solution converts food waste into a stable form of biocarbon that sequesters atmospheric CO2, prevents future landfill methane emissions, and supports sustainable agriculture.Learn more
Chinova Bioworks Inc.
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Using the power of mushrooms, Chinova’s clean-label solution improves the quality, freshness and shelf-life of food and beverage products which promotes the reduction of food waste from farm to fork.Learn more
Clean Works Inc.
St. Catharines, Ontario
Using a combination of hydrogen peroxide, ozone and UV, this solution will be able to control mildew and micro-organism growth in pre-harvest (greenhouses, field crops, grapevines) fruit and vegetables.Learn more
Climacteric Control Solutions, Inc.
A novel series of ethylene-selective catalysts have been developed that can continuously remove trace amounts ethylene from refrigerated, humid air.Learn more
Local and circular valorization of sugars contained in food waste by converting them into key molecules of green chemistry to produce various biosourced plastics, among other things.Learn more
By leveraging a waste-to-value production process, this solution harnesses the power of microbes to deliver natural and affordable biosurfactants derived from agro-alimentary waste.Learn more
Genecis Bioindustries Inc.
Genecis engineers specialized bacteria to transform food waste into compostable bioplastics.Learn more
A breakthrough invention to transform the entire by-products of dairy industries into innovative and high value-added food products by combining nutritious, natural ingredients and green technologies.Learn more
Membertou Development Corporation
Membertou, Nova Scotia
This project proposes to build capacity of Nova Scotia’s grey seal industry by expanding a pilot harvest, exploring full utilization of harvested biomass, processing facilities and market opportunity.Learn more
Peak Harvest Agritech Ltd.
FreshXtend is a patented liquid formulation that is applied to crops by growers, and is proven to naturally slow the ripening process of fruits and vegetables.Learn more
Terra Bioplastics Inc.
Protina is a grain protein derived from Brewers Spent Grain that can have an outsize contribution to human nutrition.Learn more
University of Calgary
The project's technology converts food waste into an advanced energy saving material that can trap the heat escaping a home or building and release it when needed, generating savings in heating and cooling.Learn more
University of Lethbridge
This project evaluates the utility of commercially available silage inoculants in ensiling and extending the shelf-life of retail food waste and food processing byproducts for animal feed.Learn more
This solution is an efficient aeration system that produces nano-sized gas bubbles that remain stable and help prevent food waste throughout the food supply chain.Learn more
Winecrush Technology Inc.
Summerland, British Columbia
Winecrush is developing a patent-pending biomechanical process to upcycle food waste from winemaking and other agriculture side streams into healthy, high performance food ingredients.Learn more
Challenge details: Streams C and D
Who can apply
- Businesses and social enterprises of any size
- Not-for-profit and charitable organizations
- Indigenous organizations and groups
- Post-secondary/academic institutions
- Individuals or group of individuals
International applicants with a Canadian partner or an ability to register to do business in Canada are encouraged to apply.
- August 31, 2021
Stage 1 - Concept application deadline
- Late Fall / Winter 2021
Up to 18 semi-finalists announced
- Fall 2022
Stage 2 - Up to 6 finalists announced
- Spring 2024
Stage 3 - 2 Grand Prize Winners announced
Up to 18 semi-finalists will be selected in Stage 1 and will receive approximately $100,000.
Semi-finalists will move into Stage 2 and compete for a chance to be a finalists and receive approximately $450,000.
Finalists will compete in Stage 3 to win one of two Grand Prizes of up to $1,000,000.