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 and succeed in school; Electric Owl, a company developing a product called Garden Manager – a SaaS solution that combines plant science with computer science to help people grow food using A.I.-driven planning and coaching; Resqunit, an oceans-focused company that offers fishermen affordable solutions to recover lost crab and lobster gear while also keeping the oceans clean; SmartMed, a startup developing a shift-scheduling tool design for medical and first-response workers, called SmartShift, that will allow users to auto-schedule up to 800 shift positions in one minute; and Quantum Link with their flagship product vlife, an online marketplace that connects users with more of the small independent businesses that grow communities – deepening their local experience.
The celebration took place in Volta’s Event Space during a Champagne Welcome event, supported by LaBarge Weinstein. Volta hosts a Champagne Welcome event each quarter to welcome new founders and their companies, and to help them become acquainted with other Residents and community members.
“Our Residency program is at the core of what we do,” said Jesse Rodgers, CEO of Volta. “Nurturing the growth and development of founders who are building innovation-driven enterprises has been a foundational part of Volta’s purpose since day one, and it’s incredible to see how the Residency program continues to grow and impact so many diverse sectors; we now have nearly as many Residents working out of Volta as we do companies who have graduated from the program to become Alumni.”
Volta’s Residency program offers accepted companies more than $50,000 in resources, along with office space with free wifi and flexible lease agreements, and access to a board of mentors and seasoned entrepreneurs.
“Halifax stood out as being able to offer a culturally diverse and highly educated workforce, which is paramount to create global content,” said Johan Grafstrom, Binogi Studios Director of Production. “Having already received some applications and meeting applicants, we are more than confident that our Studio here in Halifax will contribute to our global success.”