Volta Academy helps future founders go from big idea to a viable tech-focused startup.

With the support of Volta mentors and founders, participants learn how to test and validate their idea through a series of sessions that are focused on the fundamental aspects of launching and growing a scalable startup.

Volta Academy will take place once a week on Mondays from 6pm – 8:30pm for 11 weeks.

Key dates for the Winter 2020 Volta Academy Session:

  • Applications open: December 2
  • Application deadline: January 10
  • Applicants selected and notified: January 15
  • First session: February 3


Please note: Those participating in Volta Academy must register as an individual and not as a team/company. Regardless if you’re working with someone to execute the same idea, you both must apply on an individual basis and be accepted to attend.

Cost: $200 ($150 for Volta Network Members*)

*Must sign up and be accepted for Network Membership by January 10, 2020 to receive discount.



The Cheryl Hilton Encore Entrepreneur Bursary

In November 2018, Cheryl Hilton – a valued member of the Volta community and participant of the first Volta Academy cohort – passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.

In honour of Cheryl’s memory, we launched a Volta Academy bursary for senior entrepreneurs who show the same passion and entrepreneurial thinking that Cheryl exemplified.

The Cheryl Hilton Encore Entrepreneur Bursary will cover the cost of participating in Volta Academy. Current or aspiring founders age 50 and above are eligible. Only one bursary is available. If you want to be considered for the bursary, please indicate your interest when completing the Volta Application form.


Sessions covered during the Winter 2019 semester:

Week 1: Introductions and business model canvas overview
Week 2: Design thinking, problem identification and ideation
Week 3: Customer segments and persona development
Week 4: Customer discovery techniques to validate your idea
Week 5: Product management 101
Week 6: Branding and product design
Week 7: Funding your business
Week 8: Legal considerations for your business with McInnes Cooper
Week 9: Office hours
Week 10: Pitch fundamentals
Week 11: Volta Academy Pitch Competition




Have questions, or wondering if Volta Academy is the right fit for you? Reach out to academy@voltaeffect.com.

<strong>Paul Doerwald</strong>

Paul Doerwald

Founder / Clockk

"When I started Volta Academy, Clockk was just a promising idea. By the end, thanks especially to in-class discussions with the facilitators and other attendees, I had the necessary tools and knowledge to make a winning pitch at the first ever Volta Cohort competition."

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