Volta - Volta Cohort

Volta Cohort

Helping early stage, high calibre founders attract and secure venture capital sooner

This program provides mentorship, resources and investments of $25,000 through a microfund co-founded by Volta, BDC Capital, Innovacorp and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Along with funding, Cohort companies are given space at Volta and access to a board of mentors comprised of CEOs and founders of Volta’s Resident and Alumni companies. The board will meet with each company every two months and hold the company accountable for agreed upon milestones and metrics. Between meetings, the companies have access to all relevant programming and support Volta provides. For companies outside of Halifax, support will be arranged with partnering organizations in other cities across Atlantic Canada.

The next Volta Cohort Pitch Event is taking place on Wednesday, May 19 at 5:00pm. 

The application period runs from February 22 until April 2, 2021 at 11:59pm. Successful applicants will be notified on or before April 19, 2021.

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How to Participate

Determine eligibility

Applicants must be a technology-based, early stage startup with an ambitious idea. Startups must also be based in Atlantic Canada and not yet received investment (i.e. have not closed a financing round).

Submit an application

Apply before the deadline. Note that the selection committee will consider the following: ambition of idea; disruptive level of the technology; ability of the team to execute; and impact $25,000 will have on the company.

Perfect your 3-minute pitch

Select participants will have time on the day of to practice their three-minute pitch. Then, that evening, it’s the real deal. Pitch your heart out for a shot at mentorship, resources and $25,000 in investment.

Network while judges deliberate

After the pitches are complete, judges will leave the room to deliberate, selecting up to five pitch participants for the program. Meanwhile, audience members have time to network and discuss their predictions about the next Cohort.

Winners are announced

As you can imagine, there’s a lot of excitement as audience members await the cheque presentation! Judges return to announce up to five select participants, who will receive mentorship, resources and $25,000 in investment.

Timeline for the next Cohort intake:

  • Applications open: February 22, 2021
  • Applications close: April 2, 2021 at 11:59pm
  • Company review + selection process:  April 3 to April 18, 2021
  • Successful applicants contacted: on or before April 19, 2021
  • Volta Cohort Pitch Event: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 5pm 

Apply to pitch at Volta Cohort on Wednesday, May 19, 2021!
Submit your application before Friday, April 2, 2021 at 11:59pm.

This application is not yet open; we will begin receiving applications on February 22, 2021.

  • Innovacorp

Cohort Companies


Focus: Beauty

Adorify is creating a two sided platform; one side offers a mobile application to users that simplifies cosmetic ingredients, and on the other side, it provides market assessment to beauty manufactures.


Focus: Environment

Arolytics is developing web applications to help production and manufacturing industries cost-effectively manage and mitigate emissions of greenhouse gases and air toxics.



Focus: Software

Atomo is a simple Customer Research platform for B2B SaaS.


Focus: Booking platform for sports

Bloxo Inc. is a mobile and web-based platform that simplifies the process of organizing and participating in sports, by connecting organizers, players and facilities.


Focus: Funding platform for students

Bursity.ca is developing a web platform that helps post-secondary students pay their tuition by finding and applying for financial awards in a few easy steps. Their platform uses one universal form to connect students to more than two-million funding opportunities.

Electric Owl

Focus: Software

Electric Owl develops smart technology that combines plant science with computer science to help people grow food. An AI powered garden planning and coaching App on the front end, and a data aggregating, machine learning engine on the back end – It’s like having a personal gardener in your back pocket.

Habit Forming Technologies

Focus: Health

Habit Forming Technologies is creating a growth management system using persuasive technology, sentiment analysis + human interaction, to provide individualized solutions that melds physical + mental health. 


Focus: Artificial Intelligence

KorrAI Technology Inc. is a technology company that enables mining companies to make smarter exploration and extraction decisions using AI.



Focus: Financial tool

RIDDL RIDDL provides proprietary data to impact investors to guide better investment decisions.


Focus: Medtech

SmartMed has created SmartShift, a tool that helps auto-schedule 800 shift positions in one minute, saving time and money.

Sparrow Acoustics

Sparrow Acoustics

Focus: Medtech

Sparrow Acoustics is making it possible for health care professionals to triage a cardiac patient in less than 10 minutes using only their software and an electronic stethoscope. The company combines a decade of auscultation research, with novel computer visualization, proprietary acoustic algorithms, and artificial intelligence.

VMOpro Inc.

Focus: Health

VMOpro Inc. is a remote physiotherapy solution that enables patients to self-manage their injuries and conditions at home. The platform combines smart PhysioBalls that communicate with a mobile app and is monitored by physiotherapists through a clinical dashboard.

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