START[2020] is an Atlantic wide sustainable innovation pitch competition for anyone creating new value with bioresources. START[2020] was open to individuals, startups, and existing businesses who need support to develop their idea, to beta-test solutions, and to bring their idea to market. Five finalists were selected to pitch during the Atlantic BIOCON 2020 Virtual Series on July 14 at 2PM AST.  

IGNITE is proud to announce that the winner of START[2020] is North Taste Flavourings, a seafood innovation company.


North Taste Flavourings (Website) – New Brunswick

North Taste Flavourings has developed innovative technologies and processes to transform large volumes of by-product bio-mass from marine resources into various value-added products. They are expanding their production processes and are expediting their growth.

Cultivated EcoSystems (Website) – Nova Scotia

Cultivated EcoSystems is a zero-waste model system that diverts green waste from local restaurants, agricultural, horticultural, and fishing industries to create a biologically dense, and established, in-soil ecosystem that is self-sustaining.

UnBound Chemicals (Website) – Newfoundland & Labrador

UnBound Chemicals has created technology to collect, sort, extract and remarket ingredients from the billions of unused pills that are discarded annually. UnBound has created an Artificial Intelligence-driven pill process and are now in phase 2 of expanding their research and partnering with commercial businesses.

Green Oil Solutions (Website) – Nova Scotia

Green Oil Solutions (Green Oil) is an eco filtration company that purifies hydraulic fluid and diesel fuel on marine vessels. Using biomass materials Green Oil is creating innovative filtration systems for the fishing and marine industry.

Clever Fruit Products (Website) – Nova Scotia

Clever Fruit Products is a functional food ingredients manufacturer targeting improved health outcomes. They are focused on providing health invoking products to improve cholesterol profiles and help people avoid the potential risk of heart attack and stroke.