Volta - Ecosystem Impact Awards

Ecosystem Impact Awards

In 2019 Volta, in partnership with RBC, hosted the first Startup Ecosystem Impact Awards to celebrate the ground-breaking tech talent across New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland & Labrador and Nova Scotia.

Volta’s Startup Ecosystem Impact Awards proudly recognizes change makers, Founders and supporters who are rapidly transforming the startup ecosystem in Atlantic Canada. Volta is thrilled to be hosting the third annual awards virtually in September 2021.

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Catalyst Award

Recognizes an organization that has helped create cohesion and growth in the Atlantic Canadian startup ecosystem. This can include: building relationships between organizations in the ecosystem, supporting growth in the startup community, and reducing or removing barriers to startups success.



Community Leader Award

Recognizes a company or Founder directly impacting the growth and development of the technology and innovation ecosystem in Atlantic Canada. They demonstrate dedication to the startup community, and give 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  that has been a 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 through mentorship and training.

Disruptor Award

Recognizes an Atlantic Canadian technology startup that has experienced significant 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.

Positive Impact Award- Company

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

Positive Impact Award- Individual

Recognizes an individual who has developed and implemented solutions for social, cultural or environmental issues that benefit the community at-large.



Nomination Process:

  • Complete our online nomination form
  • Nominations will be reviewed by a judging committee comprised of leaders from the business community
  • Finalists will be announced in early September
  • Award winners will be announced publicly at the Ecosystem Impact Awards in September virtually


  • Be an organization, founder or individual 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

Congratulations to our 2021 Winners

Community Leader Award

Digital Nova Scotia

Corporate Supporter Award

Microsoft Canada 

Disruptor Award

Outcast Foods 

Positive Impact Award – Company

Food for Thought Software Solutions

Positive Impact Award – Individual

Alfred Burgesson

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