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This project is supported by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces through the Atlantic Trade, Investment, and Growth Agreement.



A program to help Atlantic Canadian energy and clean tech companies scale export sales in the Houston market.

This program is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2024-25 fiscal year cohort.

techNL and its partners are launching a Scale-up Hub Program in Houston, TX.  

The Scale-up Hub Houston program (the “Program”) is designed to help Atlantic Canada-based energy tech and clean tech companies build an international presence and grow their export sales. The Program helps these high growth companies scale through targeted access to strategic markets in the Houston region that have a growing focus on energy tech, sustainable operations, environmental stewardship, and new and renewable forms of energy. 

techNL is the lead of the Program on behalf of its partners at the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Global Affairs Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Invest Nova Scotia, Innovation PEI, and Opportunities New Brunswick.

What does Scale-up Hub Houston offer?

The Program offers eligible Atlantic Canada high growth energy and clean tech companies access to the following resources for ten (10) months: 

  • Dedicated services of in-market business development professional(s) who provide strategic advice on how to access the energy market; they also provide a thorough understanding of how to sell to energy industry like exploration and operational firms, oilfield service and supplier companies, and transportation companies.
  • Dedicated shared workspace in Houston, TX (ION Centre).
  • Attendance at up-to two (2) program dedicated in-market events in Houston.  These events may consist of, but not limited to: reception with local businesses; business-to-business meetings; and / or venture capitalist pitch event.
  • Access to capital markets including VC and angel investors. 

Up to ten (10) companies will be accepted into the Program. Successful applicants must:

  • be technology-focused, high-growth companies within the energy and clean tech verticals that are presently selling outside of Atlantic Canada; and
  • pay a non-refundable participation fee of $2645.00 CAD ($2,300.00 plus $345.00 HST).

How to apply

Companies must complete and submit the online application form, which can be accessed by clicking the button below or by visiting techNL.ca/scaleuphub-houston

This program is now closed. The application deadline was Friday, April 26, 2024 at 2:30 p.m. ADT / 3:00 p.m. NDT.

For program details please refer to the Scale-up Hub Houston Program Guidelines or contact your respective provincial lead listed below:

Newfoundland and Labrador (Project Lead)
Dwayne Hopkins, P. Eng, Manager, Digital Oil and Gas

T: 709.800.5430
E: dwayne@techNL.ca

Nova Scotia
Linde Greening, Business Development Executive

Government of Nova Scotia
Natural Resources and Renewables
T: 902.424.0716
E: Linde.Greening@novascotia.ca

New Brunswick
Stephanie Savary, Export Development Executive / Chargé du développement des exportations

Opportunities NB / Opportunités NB
T: 506.566.1373
E: stephanie.savary@onbcanada.ca 

Prince Edward Island
Julie Alford, Business Development Officer, ICT

Innovation PEI
T: 902.894.0381
E: jealford@gov.pe.ca

Newfoundland and Labrador
Wayne Roebothan, Provincial Trade Commissioner

Government of Newfoundland & Labrador
Industry, Energy and Technology
T: 709.729.0594
E: wayneroebothan@gov.nl.ca

The Scale-up Hub Houston Program has been designed for utilization in complement with each provincial partners’ suite of export-support programs and federally support programs such as Mitacs and CanExport. For information about the additional resources and funding options available to assist with travel, etc., please contact one of the provincial leads listed above. 

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By continuing, you consent to Invest Nova Scotia releasing your contact information to any third-party service providers retained for the purposes of evaluation of the program. This consent is valid whether your application is successful or not. You agree to being contacted by any such third-party service providers and will cooperate with them in the collection of information for evaluation of the program.

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