Volta - Residency


Residency at Volta is the best way to obtain the mentorship, resources and space you need to grow your startup.

As a Resident Company, you’ll have access to more than $50,000 in programs and discounts to help your startup flourish; this includes in-house experts, mentorship, group workshops, founder-focused events and much more. You’ll also get affordable, fully-equipped office or desk space in the heart of downtown Halifax, with flexible month-to-month leases.

Most importantly, you’ll become part of a community that will become your support network as you take on new challenges and scale your business.

How Does the application process work?

Once you apply through our online application, our Startup Services Team will contact you to set up a time for a more detailed discussion about your company and next steps. Applications are accepted and considered on a rolling basis, pending availability of space.



Residency Requirements?

We’re looking for technology based startups (software, hardware), with founders who are full-time and based out of Halifax. We want to see ambitious entrepreneurs with innovative ideas who want to be a part of a collaborative community.

Idea. Volta’s residency program is exclusively for early stage technology startups. Approved companies will have a validated idea, tested assumptions and have their minimum viable product complete.

Team. Founder(s) must be full-time, with preference given to companies with two or more founders.

Big market. Companies should have global market potential, with opportunity for growth.

Location. At least one founder must be based out of Halifax with a regular presence at Volta.

Time. Companies must be utilizing their dedicated space at Volta at minimum two weekdays per week.

Community. Founders and employees must be willing to be active, collaborative participants with Volta events and programming, and share best practices with other community members.

Is your business in an earlier stage, but are still looking for space to work and connect with others? Purchase a Network Membership.

Volta Residency Streams

Volta Residency has two streams; Launch and Growth

When your application is received, Volta’s Startup Services will assess your company for the stream best suited for your business’ growth. Regardless of the stream, companies must meet with an advisor every eight weeks for progress meetings and submit an update report prior to those  meetings with an overview of company progress and metrics.

Residency Launch

Launch is for companies who have:

  • Full-time founders and 1-3 employees,
  • A minimum viable product complete,
  • Are in the early days of sales.

Residency Growth

Growth is for companies who have:

  • Full-time founders with 6 or more employees, 
  • Secured equity financing,
  • Re-recurring revenue, 
  • Participated or are participating in accelerator programs.

Volta Launch and Volta Growth provide:

  • Dedicated space with 24/7 access
  • Access to shared amenities: meeting rooms, call booths, printer and kitchens
  • Use of Volta as company’s registered office
  • Access to targeted workshops, peer events, lunch and learns, mentors and training targeted to companies at their unique stage
  • Volta Allotment Program to support company growth (amounts vary between stream)
  • Programs and discounts for startups associated with Volta

Work Space

Volta offers teams either dedicated desk space in an open area or individual office space.Offices range in size from 160 square feet to 1000 square feet. Companies are given space based on need.