Volta - Ecosystem Impact Awards

Ecosystem Impact Awards

In 2019, Volta created the Startup Ecosystem Impact Awards + Summer Party to celebrate the ground-breaking tech talent across New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.

In partnership with RBC, Volta’s Startup Ecosystem Impact Awards proudly recognizes 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 2019 at Volta, and we’re thrilled to be hosting them again in September 2021 virtually.

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 a 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.

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 2020 Winners

Positive Impact Award- Individual

Jim Hanlon, Former Chief Executive Officer at COVE 

Positive Impact Award- Organization

Peer Ledger

Community Leader Award

Black Business Initiative

Disruptor Award

Appili Therapeutics Inc.

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