Volta’s community of startups continues to grow with the addition of four new companies to the Residency program. The new companies have moved into space at Volta Labs in the Maritime Centre.

ADDtext delivers on-demand text-based productivity coaching for youth and young adults who are struggling with their transition to high school, post-secondary, career exploration and entrepreneurship. They help their clients with goal setting, organization, accountability and time management, as well as connect them to community resources and funding opportunities. Founder and CEO Keith Gelhorn has been helping young people with ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, and co-occurring mental health challenges through his coaching company, ADDvocacy ADHD & Life Skills Coaching, and is looking to help more people on a large scale with his new app.

“Being at Volta over the last two months has been an absolute game changer for ADDtext Inc.,” said Gelhorn. “The support I have received since becoming a Resident company has not only helped me narrow in on our value proposition, but has also provided a bigger strategic vision to get to a $100 million plus company. I can’t wait to see what the next few years hold for us. With the support of the Volta staff and other resident companies, the possibilities are endless.”

Axem Neurotechnology is developing wearable technology that allows athletes to measure their brain activity to improve their mental training. The company was founded by two PhD Neuroscience students from Dalhousie University.

“Axem is thrilled to develop our first product at Volta. At our stage, the value of the network, mentorship and space cannot be overstated,” said Tony Ingram, CEO of Axem Neurotechnology.

Dragon Veterinary is an industry shaping software made by vets for vets. Their voice-recognition software has the largest veterinary-specific vocabulary on the market. They integrate with vets’ current systems, allowing users to dictate instead of type. This saves the average veterinarian hours daily and thousands of dollars annually.

“We’re super excited to be around a hungry, passionate group of tomorrow’s business leaders,” said Shawn Wilkie, CEO of Dragon Veterinary.

Proof builds better communities with cloud-based software that helps governments deliver and track their spending. Their CRM and ERP tools provide governments the insights they need to deliver amazing service to citizens and businesses in their community.

“Volta’s ecosystem has made a world of difference as Proof undertakes the challenging climb from startup to scalable business,” said Luke DeCoste, Co-Founder of Proof. “The ability to get up every day and walk into a professional space supported by mentors, community and other programs makes this journey easier.”

Volta Residents will have access to more than $50,000 in programming and resources, including mentorship, access to in-house experts, a travel program, founder-focused events, discounts and credits, and affordable office space in the heart of Halifax.

“At Volta, we are excited about the variety of technology driven startups that are being established in Atlantic Canada,” said Jesse Rodgers, CEO of Volta Labs. “This is what’s helping build Halifax’s Innovation District – the diverse ideas that are being turned into companies and products right here.”

In the spring of 2018, Volta Labs will move into new offices on the lobby, mezzanine and second floors of the Maritime Centre, where there will be additional space for startups of all sizes.

For more information about Residency visit https://voltaeffect.com/apply.  



About Volta Labs
Volta is a vibrant super hub for tech companies, 700 network members, and corporate innovation partners, located downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia. Volta provides world class mentorship and support to new and growing startups and is a place where they can learn from each other, grow their companies and expand to global markets. More information at www.voltaeffect.com.

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