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 5:30 – 8:30 for only 11 weeks.

Key dates for the Winter 2019 Volta Academy Session:

  • Applications open: December 10
  • Application deadline: January 16
  • Applicants selected and notified: January 17
  • First session: February 4


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

*Must sign up for Network Membership by January 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 are launching a new 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 will cover the following topics:

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



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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