Combating climate change with cleantech

The calls for action on global change have become louder and far more frequent in recent months, with children skipping school and businesses shutting down to rally for change. The conversation is no longer being led by scientists and activists alone; from citizens and corporations, to politicians and young children, everyone is participating in the […]

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Volta’s community expands with the welcoming of five new resident companies

Volta, Canada’s East Coast Innovation Hub, officially welcomed five new Resident Companies to their community of innovators. With these new additions, Volta now has 43 companies working out of the innovation hub’s space.  New Residents joining Volta include Binogi, an education platform that creates easy, animated lessons and quizzes so students can have fun, learn […]

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Engaging youth and newcomers in the innovation economy

Atlantic Canada’s youth and newcomers have a few unique similarities: they infuse our communities with creativity and diversity, and are critical to our region’s future growth and prosperity.  But unfortunately, emphasis on youth and newcomers in Atlantic Canada has often focused on the negative impacts of outmigration and poor retention rates. Instead, it should focus […]

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From the classroom to the boardroom: why students make great entrepreneurs

Gone are the days where students accept passively sitting in an auditorium, listening to a professor drone on as their post-secondary experience. Today’s students are more active on their campuses and in their communities than ever before. As a result, universities are engaging students by nurturing entrepreneurial thinking and providing more opportunities to build skills that […]

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Inclusive innovation: Shifting mindsets from output to opportunity

Despite our global connectivity, the world is not “flat.” That’s according to Fiona Murray, Associate Dean of Innovation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Co-Director of MIT’s Innovation Initiative, who spoke at Volta’s inaugural Innovate Atlantic conference last year. Murray – referencing Thomas L. Friedman’s book “The World is Flat” – explained that […]

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Turning rejection into resilience

You’ve probably heard the story before; a driven founder eager to fund their company is rejected by hundreds of venture capitalists before finding one that will take a chance on them. Through it all, perseverance and the willingness to turn rejection into resilience propels them forward. In business, the road to success is often paved […]

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Find the funds to fuel your venture

In the best of times, funding can fuel a startup’s growth, increase employee counts and boost productivity. But in the worst of times, when money is tight and uncertain, a lack of funding can fuel a founder’s anxiety. Not knowing when your next investment round will close, or if you have enough runway to make […]

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