Volta - Residency

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.

To learn more about the perks and services included in Volta Residency, visit our Programs/Resources page.

Volta Residency Streams

Volta offers two streams of Residency, Virtual and In-House.

Regardless of the stream, every eight weeks companies will meet with Volta’s Chief Innovation officer for progress meetings and submit a written update report with an overview of company progress and metrics. 

Companies participating in Volta’s Virtual Residency program will be considered program participants for an 18-month period.

In-House Residency

Available to Halifax based technology startups who are looking for physical space to work from. At least one founder must be physically located in Halifax.

In-House Residency offers:

  • Access to Volta advisors and mentors
  • Access to Office Hours with industry experts
  • Access to workshops, speaker events and training opportunities
  • Volta Grant Writing Assistance Program to secure non-dilutive funding
  • Invitations to founder socials and online peer-to-peer events
  • Programs and discounts for startups associated with Volta
  • Volta Allotment Program to support company growth
  • Dedicated physical space with 24/7 access (see more details below)
  • Access to shared amenities: meeting rooms, call booths, printer and kitchens 
  • Use of Volta as company’s registered address

Cost: Teams will be invoiced according to size of space occupied.

Virtual Residency

Available to Atlantic Canadian technology startups who do not require physical space. At least one founder must be physically located in Atlantic Canada. 

Virtual Residency offers:

  • Access to Volta advisors and mentors
  • Access to virtual Office Hours with industry experts
  • Access to virtual workshops, speaker events and training opportunities
  • Volta Grant Writing Assistance Program to secure non-dilutive funding
  • Invitations to founder socials and virtual peer-to-peer events
  • Programs and discounts for startups associated with Volta
  • Two Network Memberships to utilize Volta’s Co-working Space. Meeting room hours not included.
  • 50% discount on Volta meeting room bookings. 
  • Access to additional virtual programming as introduced

 

Cost: $100/month per team.

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 available within both streams.

Apply now for Virtual or In-House Residency!

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Residency Requirements

We’re looking for technology based startups (software and/or hardware), with Founders who are full-time and based in Atlantic Canada. We want to see ambitious entrepreneurs with innovative ideas who want to be part of a collaborative community.

Please note, in order to be considered for Volta Residency, your company must be either federally incorporated or registered within Atlantic Canada.

For both In-House and Virtual Residency, the requirements are as follows:

Idea. Volta’s Residency program is exclusively for early stage technology startups. Approved companies will have a validated idea through customer discovery, 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. Teams must also have at minimum one full-time team member focused on product development.

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

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.

Additional Requirements:

In-House Residency                                                                                                                                                           

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 days per week.

 

Virtual Residency

Location. At least one Founder must be residing in Atlantic Canada and able to demonstrate proof.

Employees. Companies cannot have more than 15 employees (including Founders).

Not quite ready for Volta Residency, but still looking for space to work and connect with others? Purchase a Network Membership.

Volta Residency Application Process

Apply Online

Interested in joining Volta’s Residency program? All companies must first complete a written application in order for Volta to learn more about you and your startup!

Follow up from Volta team

Once you complete your application, a member of the Volta Startup Services team will reach out within 3 business days with any questions and to schedule a meeting.

Meet with Startup Services team

Companies who are deemed a good fit will meet with the Volta Startup Services team to learn more about your company and how Volta can be of assistance.

Attend Onboarding Session

Residents will be accepted into Volta Residency on the first day of each month. Once accepted, companies will attend a virtual kick-off meeting with the Volta Startup Services Team to have a full understanding of all services offered.

Work Space for In-House Residency

 

Volta’s thriving community consists of 60 000 square feet in downtown Halifax. For those teams looking for a physical space to grow their business, Volta can provide dedicated open concept desk space or individual office space.

Offices range in size from 160 square feet to 1000 square feet. Physical space is provided to companies based on team size and need. Teams participating in Volta’s In-House Residency program will be invoiced each month according to the size of space being occupied.

Volta Space includes:

  • Office furniture
  • High-speed internet
  • 24/7 space access
  • 3 bookable boardrooms and 13 bookable meeting rooms
  • 8 call booths
  • 3 kitchens
  • Administrative services such as mail collection, guest check-in and printing
  • Access to our community space on the Lobby level along with the furnished patio
  • Coffee bar on Lobby level – complimentary coffee and treats
  • Flexible agreement terms – 30-day termination clause