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, outline an MVP and grow a scalable startup.

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

Key dates for the Fall 2019 Volta Academy Session:

  • Applications open: July 10
  • Application deadline: August 16
  • Applicants selected and notified: August 19
  • First session: September 9


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 August 16, 2019 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: Academy Overview, The Entrepreneur’s Journey & Business Model Canvas
Week 2: Identify the Product Problem Statement, Value Proposition & Customer Discovery
Week 3: Customer Segments & Personas
Week 4: Pirate Metrics for Growth
Week 5: MVP Design Thinking: Define a Problem & Ideate a Solution
Week 6: MVP Design Thinking: Prototype & Testing
Week 7: Office Hours
Week 8: Business Fundamentals: What you need to know when setting up your business with McInnes Cooper
Week 9: Importance of the Pitch: Pitch Fundamentals, Best and Worst Practices for a Pitch
Week 10: Hands on Pitch Instruction
Week 11: Volta Academy Pitch Competition

Stay tuned for more information on the Fall 2019 session topics.




Have questions, or wondering if Volta Academy is the right fit for you? Reach out to services@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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