Innovacorp, Nova Scotia’s venture capital Crown corporation, has announced 18 companies joining its five Innovacorp Accelerate streams: bluetech, healthtech, agtech, cleantech and software.

The participating companies, which have sales of less than $1 million each and equity investment of less than $250,000, will all receive up to $40,000 in grants -- up from $25,000 for previous cohorts. They will also have access to coaching, monthly workshops and market research from Ontario-based MaRS Market Intelligence Services.

Accelerate, which Innovacorp retooled last summer, replaces both the old, longer program of the same name and the shorter Sprint accelerator. It is completely virtual and aimed at companies that have already established market opportunities for products based on science or engineering-related intellectual property, as well as having completed or nearly completed a proof of concept or prototype.

Here's a look at the participating companies:


Liven Proteins

Fei Luo — Sydney

Liven is developing fermentation technology to make animal-free protein ingredients and enhance the texture of plant-based foods.

ZeroIN Foods

Ed Sosa – Halifax

ZeroIN is a sugar substitute for food and beverage manufacturers.


Gaia Refinery

Qinhong (Tammy) Cai – Sydney

Gaia is developing wind-driven methane-capture technology to produce rocket-grade natural gas.

Material Futures

Iris Redinger – Sydney

Material Futures is working on bio-based dyes for textiles and plastics to reduce industrial water pollution.


Atlantic Institute for Resilience (AIR)

Dr. Jackie Kinley and Tim Trussel – Halifax

AIR aims to help enterprises and their staff develop individual and organizational resilience.

Axtion Independence

Tracey McGillivray and Liam Maaskant – Wolfville

Axtion is designing a mobility aid to prevent falls and enable fall recovery.

HOLLO Medical

David Hodgson – Halifax

HOLLO has designed a spacer for asthma inhalers that is small enough to fit in a child's pocket.


Soumendra Singh — Halifax

NeoCare is building a device to non-invasively, painlessly and instantly detect diseases in newborns, including anemia, jaundice and hypoxia.



Arad Gharagozli – Halifax

Galaxia is an AI-powered system for nanosatellites to detect and identify vessels on the ocean surface.

Rising Tide

Geoff Lebans – Dartmouth

Rising Tide is working on acoustic systems for fish and marine mammal deterrence, guidance and attraction, and control or eradication of invasive species.


Maja Maher – Dartmouth

Voltai has designed compact generators capable of harvesting energy from motion to power marine electronics.


Easy Platter

Mandhir Singh – Halifax

Easy Platter is a platform for users to hire personal chefs to do their in-home meal-prep on a weekly basis.

Endfirst Plans

Alan Uren – Halifax

Endfirst's OVERGantt is project management software that minimizes errors by finding and verifying hidden dependencies before work begins.

Formula Consulting

Mitchell Kane – Halifax

Formula Consulting makes software to reduce the time and cost of civil construction projects by solving common concrete formwork problems.

Pocket Finance

Sheldon Brow – Halifax

Pocket Finance is a platform to help financial advisors and their customers improve engagement, data collection and decision-making.


Masoud Ali – Halifax

Scient is an imaging platform for streamlined geophysical data acquisition and processing for environmental assessments.

Sideline Learning

Mike Johnson – Hubley

Sideline is a platform that helps sports organizations create safer playing environments by streamlining member screening and education requirements.

Ubiquity Health

Liam McCormick – Sydney

Ubiquity is desveloping software for data collection and verification, coordination and collaboration for insurance claims management.


Disclosure: Innovacorp is a client of Entrevestor.