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

September 23, 2021
  • 2021 Ecosystem Impact Awards

    September 23, 2021  6:00 pm7:00 pm


    When: Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm ADT

    Where: Virtual (Your livestream link will be sent via Eventbrite at 12:00pm ADT on Thursday, September 23, 2021)


    Volta, in partnership with RBC, is hosting the third annual Ecosystem Impact Awards virtually on Thursday, September 23 at 6:00pm. These awards recognize various changemakers and supporters who are rapidly transforming the startup ecosystem in Atlantic Canada. 

    The six award categories include: Catalyst, Community Leader, Corporate Supporter, Disruptor, Positive Impact – Company, Positive Impact – Individual. See below for a full description of the award criteria and this years nominees.


    Catalyst Award

    Recognizes an organization that has helped create cohesion and growth in the Atlantic Canadian startup ecosystem. This can include: building relationships between organizations in the ecosystem, supporting growth in the startup community, and reducing or removing barriers to startups success.

    Top Nominees for the Catalyst Award:

    BioNB, Joint Economic Development Initiative , Propel ICT

    Community Leader Award

    Recognizes a company or Founder directly impacting the growth and development of the Technology and Innovation Ecosystem in Atlantic Canada. They demonstrate dedication to the startup community, and give back through the donation of time, mentorship and serving as a resource in a peer to peer environment.

    Top Nominees for the Community Leader Award:

    Concrete Ventures, Digital Nova Scotia, Sandpiper Ventures

    Corporate Supporter Award

    Recognizes a corporate partner that has been a supporter of the tech startup community in Atlantic Canada. This dedicated partner actively boosts the development of our rapidly-growing technology sector by donating their time and resources through mentorship and training.

    Top Nominees for the Corporate Supporter Award:

    Microsoft for Startups, Silicon Valley Bank Canada

    Disruptor Award

    Recognizes an Atlantic Canadian technology startup that has experienced significant success over the past year. Success can be measured in a number of ways, including; innovative technology, solving a technological need, capturing a new sector or market, disruption of a service or market segment, applications of product or service and traction in, or ability to obtain traction in the international marketplace.

    Top Nominees for the Disruptor Award:

    Dispension, Milk Moovement, Outcast Foods

    Positive Impact Award: Company

    Recognizes a company that has developed and implemented solutions for social, cultural and/or environmental issues that benefit the community at-large.

    Top Nominees for the Positive Impact Award – Company:

    BlackArcs, Food For Thought Software Solutions, Outcast Foods

    Positive Impact Award: Individual

    Recognizes an individual who has developed and implemented solutions for social, cultural or environmental issues that benefit the community at-large.

    Top Nominees for Positive Impact Ward – Individual:

    Alfred Burgesson, Ogbogu Ikechi Kalu, Grant Ruffinengo