Business and Economic Development, Business Intelligence, Networking, GNWT, Industry, Tourism and Investment

Business Intelligence and Networking (SEED)

Looking to get ahead in your industry with cutting-edge ideas and new contacts? This program can connect you with the conferences, tradeshows, and seminars you need to build your business.

These investments are provided under the Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED) Policy.

Who is eligible?

  • NWT residents
  • NWT businesses


A maximum of $8000 per year per resident or business is available. Trip costs must exceed $1500 per individual; with a maximum assistance of $4000 per individual per trip for as many as two residents. Funding can be used for

  • Event fees
  • Standard Accommodations
  • Lowest available airfare
    • If you choose to drive, costs will be allocated based on the GNWT’s private vehicle rate and accommodation costs.
    • Driving costs cannot exceed that of the lowest available airfare.

Funds are NOT to be used for:

  • Per Diem, incidentals, honorariums, or salaries

For detailed information on funding, see section four on page 13 of the SEED policy below.

Required Documents

  • Short description of the trade show or seminar – include: budget, benefits and schedule
  • Any other relevant information related to the proposal. This may include what is requested by the regional panel for evaluation and recommendation purposes.

For a complete list of required documents see the Application Checklist on the last page of the SEED application.

Equity requirements

  • Minimum of $1000 allocated towards eligible costs for travel outside the Northwest Territories.
  • Minimum of $500 allocated towards the eligible costs for travel within the Northwest Territories.

How do I apply?

Download the application form below and contact your regional Industry Tourism and Investment office to book an appointment to speak with an Economic Development Officer

PDF icon SEED Application Form504.39 KB
PDF icon SEED Brochure - Bilingual 4.11 MB
PDF icon Seed Policy 2019940.78 KB