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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The Pipeline: Using business as a catalyst to address community issues

Throwing money at a non-profit has traditionally been the way businesses give back to their communities. Corporate sponsorships, paid volunteer time, or placing a donation container at the company’s reception desk used to do the trick. But, in an economy where consumers and employees are more socially-conscious than ever before, and where the success of […]

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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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A LEAP forward for Atlantic Canada’s startup ecosystem

Building on Canada’s competitive advantages such as its strong export potential, its rapidly developing innovation ecosystem, and its skilled workforce, will help create regional economic prosperity and good, middle-class jobs. That is why the Government of Canada is enabling Volta to provide targeted programming to Atlantic Canadian startups as they move from early-stage to growth-stage, […]

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Atlantic Canada’s Consumer

Startup Opportunity

The line between technology product startups and consumer product startups is blurring. At Barrington Edge, we believe that this blurring represents a significant opportunity for Atlantic Canadian consumer packaged goods (CPG) startups, but in order to seize the opportunity, we need to better understand the industry drivers.  In this post, we want to briefly examine […]

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Toon Nagtegaal helping

Founders take the LEAP

Atlantic Canada’s startup ecosystem, undoubtedly, is evolving at an incredibly fast pace. Less than 20 years ago, for example, the infrastructure, agencies and support systems that are now in place to empower startups, were more an idea than a reality. The Internet was just becoming mainstay, and as a result, tech-enabled companies – let alone […]

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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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