The inaugural Startup Ecosystem Impact Awards and Summer Party celebrated the ground-breaking tech talent across New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.

In partnership with RBC, Volta’s Startup Ecosystem Impact Awards recognized various change-makers and supporters who are rapidly transforming the startup ecosystem in Atlantic Canada. Five awards were handed out to the winning founders, companies and their supporters on June 6 at Volta.

Following the awards distribution, our annual Summer Party took place, with delicious food and beverages from the Taste of Nova Scotia, and music from True North DJ Services.

All proceed from ticket sales were donated in support of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.

Congratulations to our winners

Catalyst Award
Ignite Labs

Positive Impact Award
Square Roots

Community Leader Award
Build Ventures

 Corporate Supporter Award
McInnes Cooper

Disruptor Award


Catalyst Award

Recognizes an organization that has helped create cohesion and growth in the Atlantic Canadian startup ecosystem. This can be exhibited through inter-organizational relationship building, helping with the growth of the startup community, reducing or removing barriers for startups to succeed, and more.

Positive Impact Award

Recognizes a founder or company that has developed and implemented solutions for social, cultural and/or environmental issues, to the benefit of the community at-large.

Community Leader Award

Recognizes a company that has directly impacted the growth and development of the entrepreneurial landscape in Atlantic Canada. This organization is dedicated to the startup community, and gives back through the donation of time, mentorship and serving as a resource in a peer to peer environment.

Corporate Supporter Award

Recognizes a corporate partner who has been a gracious supporter of the tech startup community in Atlantic Canada. This dedicated partner actively boosts the development of our rapidly-growing technology sector by donating their time and resources, while providing mentorship, training and more.

Disruptor Award

Recognizes an up-and-coming business in Atlantic Canada that has experienced significant entrepreneurial success over the past year. Success can be measured in a number of ways, including; innovative technology, solving a technological need, capturing a new sector or market, disruption of a service or market segment, applications of product or service and traction in, or ability to obtain traction in the international marketplace.

How does it work?

Do you know a company or founder that fits one or more of these descriptions? Submit your nomination today using our online Nomination Form.

Nomination Process:

  • Complete our online nomination form before May 15 at 11:59pm AST
  • Nominations will be reviewed by a judging committee comprised of leaders from the business community between May 16 and May 27
  • Finalists will be announced on May 29
  • Award winners will be announced publicly the evening of June 6 at the inaugural Ecosystem Impact Awards and Summer Party


  • Be an organization or founder based out of Atlantic Canada
  • Have contributed to, or participated in, the Atlantic Canada startup ecosystem in the past five years
  • The nominee agrees to have their photo, name and/or organization’s name promoted in association with the event



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