Volta - Canada's East Coast Innovation Hub


Are you looking for a place to build out your idea and collaborate with like-minded innovators? Volta offers convenient workspace for individuals and teams, with everything from desks in our Co-Working Space for Network Members and private offices for Resident Companies, to Outposts for corporate folks looking to shake up the way they address business challenges and roll out new initiatives.


Turning an idea into a reality can be extremely challenging – and we’re here to help by bringing in industry experts from all over North America to provide advice and mentorship to our community. Volta regularly hosts educational workshops, programs and sessions for tech enthusiasts to grow their skills and take their idea to the next level. Check out our event calendar to see what’s going on in the community.


Whether you’re looking to meet your next co-founder or team member, to learn new skills from industry experts, or gain insights from fellow entrepreneurs, Volta is a welcoming, safe place for individuals and teams to network and learn from one another at exciting, engaging workshops, socials, pitch competitions and more.


Volta’s Co-Working Space is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Halifax on the main floor of the Maritime Centre. Our Co-Working Space is where we host many of our events and where hundreds of Network Members work Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Plus, there’s wifi, bookable meeting rooms, booths to take private phone calls, and plenty of events to attend!


Volta is a non-profit that was created by founders for founders, to help startups navigate the common barriers technology-enabled companies often experience by providing resources and training opportunities. Resources include office hours with leading experts, furnished office space, high-speed Internet, networking opportunities, mentorship, workshops and much more.


Connecting with experienced entrepreneurs and working in close proximity to founders at different stages of development is an excellent way to learn from each others’ mistakes and successes, foster collaboration and growth.

Whether you’re looking for a mentee or to become a mentor, Volta can help you create meaningful, mutually beneficial relationships in the startup ecosystem.


Volta’s carefully crafted programming helps budding entrepreneurs, startup employees, founders and corporate innovators navigate the complex challenges of building, running and scaling a business. From learning new skills at recurring workshops, validating your startup idea through Academy, or tackling common issues founders face, there’s a program at Volta that will help you get to the next stage faster.


Pitch Competitions

Pitch competitions are an excellent way to practice your presentation skills, fine-tune your deck, and engage your audience – plus, you never know who’s in the room! Volta holds quarterly pitch competitions for entrepreneurs to pitch in front of a panel of industry experts and receive feedback.

Additionally, Volta’s semi-annual Cohort Pitch Event is the entry point to our Cohort program, where up to five companies receive $25,000 in investment (through a microfund, co-funded by ACOA, BDC Capital + Innovacorp), mentorship, resources, and workspace at Volta.


Spend your lunch break learning from industry experts on a wide range of topics, such as UX design, accounting, blockchain, human resources, media relations and more. Learn new skills and best practices over lunch, and put your new knowledge to work that same day.


Every month, a Resident Founder showcases their product or service to a room full of fellow founders and their teams. It’s a great way to demonstrate how the product works, and also to receive feedback, and answer any questions about how it functions, customers and more.


Peer-2-Peer Meetups provide startup founders the opportunity to candidly discuss their experiences and challenges with colleagues at similar stages of business development.

Volta Events

March 29, 2023
  • WTWT Session: Build Your Strategic Network to Build Your Business

    March 29, 2023  4:00 pm5:00 pm


    When: Wednesday, March 29, 2023 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm AST

    Where: via Zoom (you will receive a link with your confirmation)


    Sponsorship is a powerful concept in the corporate world, surpassing mentorship in its ability to boost career growth and development for women. Yet, sponsorship is talked about significantly less amongst entrepreneurs.

    You have mentors; why not sponsors?

    In the corporate world, sponsors tend to be several career levels above the protege, carrying political clout and influence to help the protege get promotions and visibility. They differ from mentors, who tend to focus on giving advice and feedback. In the entrepreneurial world, a sponsor could be an investor, a client, a contact in a trade association and so on. These people vouch for you with investors, connect you to speak at influential conferences and introduce you to potential partners. For entrepreneurs, sponsors can significantly propel their businesses.

    So, how do you find a sponsor, and how do you nurture the relationship?

    During this 60-min virtual workshop, participants will:

    • Learn about the benefits of having a strategic network
    • Complete an ‘audit’ of their current networks (including profiles of the 5 key components) – Identify potential sponsors (or key characteristics to look for)
    • Understand how to best nurture the relationship

    Join Volta and facilitator Lesley Parrott on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 4:00pm AST.