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 on September 16, 2020 virtually – with the Positive Impact Award category being given to both an individual and an organization in 2020.

The Ecosystem Impact Awards are taking place on September 16, beginning at 5:15pm. Register for the event using the link below: 


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.

Nominations are now closed. 

Our 2020 Catalyst Award nominees include:

Ocean Startup Project

Saint Mary’s University Entrepreneurship Centre


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.

Nominations are now closed. 

Our 2020 Positive Impact Award for Individual nominees include: 

Sebastian Green, Regional Director at Ignite

Chantal Brine, Chief Executive Officer at En Point

Jim Hanlon, Former Chief Executive Officer at COVE 


Our 2020 Positive Impact Award for Organizations nominees include: 

Peer Ledger


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.

Nominations are now closed. 

Our 2020 Community Leader Award nominees include: 

Black Boys Code

Labarge Weinstein 

Black Business Initiative

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.

Nominations are now closed. 

Our 2020 Corporate Supporter Award nominees include: 

Grant Thornton 

Halifax Partnership/Halifax Innovation District

McInnes Cooper

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.

Nominations are now closed. 

Our 2020 Disruptor Award nominees include: 

Unbound Chemicals

Appili Therapeutics Inc.

Side Door

Nomination Process:

  • Complete our online nomination form before September 1, 2020 at 11:59pm
  • 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 second annual Ecosystem Impact Awards on September 16 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 2019 Winners

Catalyst Award

Ignite Labs

Positive Impact Award

Square Roots

Community Leader Award

Build Ventures

Corporate Supporter Award

McInnes Cooper

Disruptor Award


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