Volta - Corporate Innovation

Corporate Innovation

The world is changing faster than ever, and so are your customers’ needs.

As Canada’s East Coast Innovation Hub, Volta helps today’s most innovative companies stay ahead of the curve – and ahead of the competition.

Our unique community of innovators has the right mix of expertise in areas such as cryptocurrency, cybersecurity, AI, enterprise solutions, gaming, data science, social media, software development, SaaS solutions, and more.

Whether you’re looking for a space to inspire your team members, tackle tough business challenges, learn new skills, or work at arm’s length from head office while pursuing new initiatives, your team will becomes part of this community – learning, collaborating, and tapping into talent, while developing groundbreaking solutions.

See things differently

Connect your team to our community

We’ll work together to connect your team to our community of innovators, with options ranging from workshops, programs, partnerships, socials, space and more.

Work alongside leading innovators

Volta offers a safe space for teams to work intrapreneurially, tackling your business challenges using different methodologies and approaches while you pursue innovative solutions.

Sharpen or share your skills

Whether you’re eager to lead or eager to learn, Volta offers various training opportunities to grow your skillset or to teach others, learn new methodologies to shape the way you approach business problems and day-to-day tasks.

Collaborate with community members

From internal pain points to community-wide problem-solving, there’s plenty of opportunity to bring key stakeholders  – such as government bodies, educational institutions, SMEs and more – to the table to share insights and collaborate on solutions, events, projects and more.

Workspaces that empower your team to innovate

Break out of the ordinary and tackle your business challenges in an innovative space. Bring your big ideas, pain points, and your team to a dedicated space at Volta; we offer Network Memberships for your employees to work in our Co-Working Space, semi-private Post + Beam offices, innovation outposts + landing pad options for companies looking for their second HQ.

Share your expertise – or learn from others’

No matter what stage you’re at in your career, there’s always plenty of opportunity to learn and even more opportunity to lead. Sit in on or present at workshops, programs or office hours to share your skills or sharpen them, and better understand trends in the tech community.

Collaborate with other passionate innovators

There’s plenty of opportunity for entrepreneurs and employees to work together, learn from one another and form meaningful relationships. Whether you’re looking to grow your network, or collaborate on special projects that drive intrapreneurially thinking in your organization, there are plenty of events, workshops and socials to bring the startup ecosystem together at Volta.

Disrupt your sector or industry

As technologies continue to advance, there is plenty of opportunity to create or adopt hardware and software tools that will drive efficiency and innovation in your sector or industry. Whether it’s through early adoption, or challenging your team – or the community – to create, there’s plenty of opportunity to disrupt your sector and better the community.

Create meaningful change in your community

Bring together key stakeholders to take a collective look at how our community can do better with day-to-day processes, structures and systems. Through ongoing workshops, roundtables, speaker series and more, there’s plenty of opportunity to break down the way our societies operate, drive innovation, and create meaningful change that impacts everyone positively.

Corporate Innovation Outpost Companies

Atlantic Lottery Corporation


Halifax Regional Municipality

The Province of Nova Scotia

The Province of Nova Scotia


Thank you to our partners for their continued support of Volta and the startup community!

Partnering with Volta is the easiest way to directly give back to the community and grow your company’s network of future clients. With the help of community partners who are dedicated to supporting the development of the rapidly growing technology sector, Volta can continue to achieve its mission of supporting tech startups in the region.

Atlantic Business Interiors is the authorized dealer in Atlantic Canada for Steelcase, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of office furniture. Through our partnership, we make it our business to study how people work, to fully understand the ever-changing needs of individuals, teams and organizations. We then take our knowledge, couple it with products and services inspired by what we’ve learned about the workplace, and create a flexible workplace environment that supports your business activity, engages your unique culture and inspires performance. Atlantic Business Interiors is the region’s Work Effectiveness Company.

Atlantic Business Interiors has been providing satisfied clients with workplace solutions and office furniture in New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and PEI since 1986. We offer a vast array of office furniture and equipment, and combine that with an in-depth knowledge of workplace layout and ergonomics to ensure you make the most of your office space and give your workforce the best work environment possible.

With offices in Halifax/Dartmouth Nova Scotia, Saint John and Moncton New Brunswick, St. John’s Newfoundland and Charlottetown PEI we have the reach to serve you wherever you are in Atlantic Canada. Regardless of your location, from Fredericton to Sydney to Corner Brook, we can get our products and our team on site when and where you need them.

ACOA works to create opportunities for economic growth in Atlantic Canada by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive.

ACOA offers regular Office Hours for Network Members. Check out our events calendar for more details.

Since 1976, Atlantic Lottery has returned more than $8.9 billion in profit back to the communities of the four Atlantic provinces. Atlantic Lottery has established the first Innovation Outpost in Atlantic Canada – check out their story.

BDC Capital‘s goal is to build strong Canadian companies — and propel them to the global stage. At BDC Capital, we are dedicated, seasoned venture capital investment professionals, who bring our investee companies the benefit of decades of experience.

The Black Business Initiative is committed to growing a stronger Black presence in Nova Scotia’s business community. We act as a catalyst for job creation, equitable participation, and advancing the economic prosperity of Nova Scotia. In 1996, the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia founded the organization to address the unique needs confronting the Black business community in Nova Scotia.

We are the longest serving Black business development initiative in Canada and are dedicated to supporting companies to start, grow, and compete in the mainstream business community.

Build Ventures is Atlantic Canada’s largest venture capital fund & a venture capital firm investing in startup technology companies. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Founded in 1976, CGI is among the largest IT and business consulting services firms in the world. Operating in hundreds of locations across the globe, CGI delivers end-to-end services and solutions, including strategic IT and business consulting, systems integration, intellectual property, and managed IT and business process services.

The main focus of the Connolly Group is to concentrate on business and professional insurance, estate planning and working closely with client legal and accounting advisors.

It is an exciting time for Nova Scotia’s craft beer industry. Breweries in Nova Scotia are making world class beer with unique local ingredients and hosting exciting events in every region of the province. 

Nova Scotia craft brewing is rich in diversity. From the array of beer styles that brewers perfect in small, local breweries throughout the province, to the brewers themselves. There are over 50 breweries spread over every region of the province, each brewery an extension of the community where it resides. Each brewer showcasing local ingredients, unique to their communities to make some of the best beer in the world. No matter where you are in Nova Scotia, you aren’t far from world class craft beer, or an event to celebrate its beer and the people who make it.

Nova Scotia craft beer has been winning awards at the highest level with the traditional brewing methods of small batch brewing using unique recipes with ingredients found in right here in Nova Scotia.

Fuelled by ideas, expertise and dedication across borders and beyond service lines, Cushman & Wakefield creates real estate solutions to prepare clients for what’s next.

Cushman & Wakefield puts clients and its people at the center of what’s next in the world of real estate.

Dash Hudson is the leading software solution for marketers to create, predict, publish, and measure digital photos and videos. Analyze trends, drive engagement, and accelerate brand growth across organic, paid, and e-commerce marketing channels.

We are dedicated to helping our clients, colleagues, and communities thrive. Our advisors work to obtain a deep understanding of what is important to you, your business, and your industry. This knowledge, combined with a team of very motivated and talented professionals who collaborate with you, help to accelerate your advantage.

One of our greatest strengths is the culture we’ve created and nurtured, where businesses, people, and fresh thinking can thrive. Our enduring, award-winning culture allows us to attract and retain a team of exceptional business advisors, driven by a collective passion to help our clients succeed in a dynamic, changing world. 

The Halifax Partnership is Halifax’s public-private economic development organization. In collaboration with Halifax Regional Municipality and its many partners, Halifax Partnership mobilizes and leads our community in executing Halifax’s Economic Growth Plan. They are working toward an ambitious long-term vision to grow Halifax’s population to 550,000 and its GDP to $30 billion by 2031. In short, the Partnership helps keep, grow, and get, business, talent, and investment in Halifax.

Innovacorp is Nova Scotia’s early stage venture capital organization that works to find, fund and foster innovative Nova Scotia startups.

Kinduct was founded in 2010 and spent its early years in the healthcare industry, focused on educating and engaging patients through patient-centric 3D medical animations and rehab programming. But what coincided with Kinduct’s formation was a tsunami of data — and not just in the medical world. These trends were also found in human performance and elite sport environments, but the data was largely isolated and inaccessible. For Kinduct, this was an opportunity. With the goal of identifying increased risk of injury and optimizing performance still standing as its pillars, the company shifted its focus toward data consolidation and organically grew into what it is now: a world-leading Athlete Management System. Today, Kinduct proudly serves over 450 teams and organizations across the globe.

LaBarge Weinstein LLP is a leading business law firm with an emphasis on knowledge-based and technology companies. Their areas of practice range from corporate finance to tax planning to mergers and acquisitions.

LaBarge Weinstein offers regular Office Hours for Network Members. Check out our events calendar for more details.

Connect with Colin: http://www.lwlaw.com/people/wrynn-colin/

McInnes Cooper lies in some of the most well-respected firms in Atlantic Canada. They offer a full range of legal services to local, regional and international businesses in Atlantic Canada.

McInnes Cooper offers regular Office Hours for Network Members. Check out our events calendar for more details.

Meet the Partners: http://www.mcinnescooper.com/people/robert-cowan/

Microsoft for Startups is a free, global program dedicated to helping B2B startups successfully scale their companies. We do by this by providing startups with access to powerful technology including Azure and GitHub Enterprise coupled with a streamlined path to selling alongside Microsoft and our global partner ecosystem.

Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 20 years. Working with 70 universities, 6,000 companies, and both federal and provincial governments, we build partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.

Mitacs was founded in 1999 as a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence, dedicated to supporting applied and industrial research in mathematical sciences and associated disciplines. In 2003, we launched a research internship program designed to increase deployment of highly educated graduates into the private sector. Open to all disciplines since 2007, Mitacs has expanded in response to industrial and university needs, including programs in R&D management, professional skills development, and international research training. Mitacs is committed to its core vision of supporting research-based innovation and continues to work closely with its partners in industry, academia, and government.

From aerospace systems to childhood literacy rates, Mitacs-funded research helps to strengthen connections, improve economic performance, and create jobs. Over the past 20 years, we have supported more than 20,000 research projects, trained more than 33,000 student and postdoc career-skills participants, and supported more than 3,600 international research collaborations.

MNP is a leading national accounting, tax and business consulting firm in Canada. We proudly serve and respond to the needs of our clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Through partner-led engagements, we provide a collaborative, cost-effective approach to doing business and personalized strategies to help organizations succeed across the country and around the world.

At Nova Scotia Business Inc. we are working towards a strong, thriving and globally competitive Nova Scotia through attracting global investment to create new jobs across the province and working with companies in all communities to be more successful exporters.

The Nova Scotia Department of Business leads the strategic development of plans and policies to grow business and key sectors, and fosters entrepreneurship and innovation to support a better economic future for Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. They operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Their team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need.

OKR Financial is a team of entrepreneurs, investors, SR&ED tax credits and government funding experts who understand both how to deliver results for investors and the critical role a robust financial and cash flow strategy plays in growing a successful enterprise.

RBC is Canada’s largest bank and we provide financial products and services for banking, investing, insurance and capital markets on a global basis. Our purpose is to help our clients thrive and communities prosper, and we deeply committed to working and growing with technology companies. Through our understanding of the issues, opportunities and challenges you face, we can offer you a unique combination of expertise, service and global capabilities.

Connect with Lorie McCarthy, Commercial Account Manager, Commercial Financial Services, RBC Royal Bank.

Check out their RBC Disruptors series on YouTube!

The Saint Mary’s University Entrepreneurship Centre (SMUEC) is a leading provider of university-based business support services in Atlantic Canada. Over the past 25 years, the SMUEC has worked to enhance our community’s prosperity by helping business and student leaders reach their entrepreneurial potential. Recognized regionally, nationally and globally for their programs, the SMUEC supports leaders through consulting, training, promoting entrepreneurship and cultivating community connections.

The hub of Canada’s AI ecosystem, offering funding, expert guidance and a community of like-minded peers for artificial intelligence projects and training.

A Canadian-headquartered bank with focus on high-quality growth markets in the Americas. We are a top-five universal bank in each of our core markets, and a top-15 wholesale bank in the US, delivering superior advice and services to help our customers get ahead.

For more than 35 years, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) has helped innovative companies and their investors move bold ideas forward, fast. 

SVB provides targeted financial services and expertise through its offices in innovation centres around the world. With commercial, international and private banking services, SVB helps address the unique needs of innovators. 

Learn more at www.svb.com/Canada

Steelcase leads the way in creating great experiences by offering a range of architecture, furniture and technology products and services designed to help people reach their full potential.

Our comprehensive portfolio is anchored by two core brands: Steelcase, Coalesse. Together with our partners, we design spaces to help people work, learn and heal.

And because protecting the environment is in our DNA, we drive sustainable social, economic and environmental change through our decisions and actions. At Steelcase, we don’t just do what’s right, we do what’s best — for people and for the planet.

Ulnooweg has been providing loans and business services to Aboriginal entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada since 1986. With representatives in New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador and Nova Scotia, we offer convenient, personalized service to our clients to help them succeed.