Emergence Initiative Grant

Supporting digital agriculture entrepreneurs

Through the Emergence Initiative Grant, EMILI works with corporate partners to provide financial support and guidance to digital agriculture entrepreneurs with a focus on supporting and empowering women and Indigenous entrepreneurs. Over the past two years, this initiative has funded over 220k toward emerging technologies by prairie innovators.

We are committed to supporting start-ups and connecting entrepreneurs with resources, connections, and financial support to expand digital agriculture and attract new business to Manitoba.

Learn more about past projects. (Or click here for a pdf version of this list).

2023 funding is currently open for applications

If you meet the following criteria, we encourage you to book a meeting with our capital enablement manager to learn more.

Software/ Hardware You are looking for funding toward soft or hardware to advance your company's objectives
Digital Agriculture You are part of the digital agriculture ecosystem in the prairies
Start-up/ Early Stage You are a start-up (less than a year old with a minimum viable product and some early traction) or in the early-stages of your business (revenue-generating, seed-stage, small to medium size enterprise)
Matching funds You are able to secure matching funds as part of the contribution toward your project

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EMILI established the Emergence Initiative in 2021 to help bridge the gap startups and emerging tech organizations experience when developing new digital agriculture technologies. This initiative provides vital support  to increase the scale of innovation in Manitoba and across the prairies.

To date, this work has been supported through a collaboration with BioEnterprise to grow the digital agriculture ecosystem in Manitoba. The program has been extremely successful and is a key way that EMILI increases the capacity of digital agriculture start-ups and scale-ups in the province.

Working together to support digital agriculture technologies

Emergence Grant Recipients include Dacotah Malt, First Descent Software, Geco Engineering, GrainFox, Green Aero Tech, Inputs Pro, N49 Genetics, NeoNutes Market, Tactica Interactive, Taproot Research, TheoryMesh, and Ukko Robotics.

Working together, we can increase integration of intelligent technologies, empower people with digital skills, support scale-ups to grow in the prairies, and accelerate Canada's growth as a leader in digital agriculture. Email info@emilicanada.com to learn about ongoing projects and partnership opportunities.