Volta - LEAP



Leading Entrepreneurs to an Accelerator Path

Volta LEAP helps Founders of early-stage innovation-driven startups build a 24-month plan and supports them with submitting an application to an accelerator (such as Creative Destruction LabTechstars, and Y Combinator). Participating Founders take milestone-driven workshops and training sessions to equip themselves with tools and business techniques to move from early-stage startup to accelerator-ready.

Ideal LEAP candidates: 

  • Have validation in their target market
  • Have domain expertise
  • Have the ability and means to bring the startup to life

Before applying, applicants should be prepared to demonstrate that their solution is solving an urgent problem that their target customers are willing to pay for.

About Volta LEAP

The Program is comprised of three, half day sessions taking place over three days. Over the next month companies will receive four additional one-hour, one-on-one sessions with the facilitator.

Group session topics include:

  • Understanding and building your business plan
  • Customer identification
  • Connecting with your target audience
  • From building blocks to executing your plan

One-on-one follow ups focus on building aspects of your company’s Execution Table such as:

  • Receipts & Pipelines
  • Activities
  • Disbursements

Application Process

Interested companies are invited to submit their applications. From those applications, eight to twelve companies will be selected to participate per session.

Successful companies will:

  • Be looking to raise a round of capital
  • Be looking to build out the sales process
  • Have a strong desire to proceed with an application to an accelerator program

Volta LEAP is designed to support the growth of early-stage Atlantic Canadian tech and innovation companies and prepare them to apply to accelerator programs. The Program will be offered to eligible Founders at no cost to the participant.

LEAP Timelines:

  • Applications for the next Volta LEAP session are currently being accepted on a rolling basis, however, to be considered for the next LEAP intake, please apply by August 26, 2022
  • Interviews will take place as applications are received and reviewed
  • LEAP 10 will take place from September 12-14, 2022

Questions on Volta LEAP can be directed to: Sahil Ahuja, Sr. Coordinator, Strategic Projects + Stakeholder Experience, Volta

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About the Facilitator: Toon Nagtegaal

Toon Nagtegaal has spent his career being involved in the development and growth of companies, either as a venture capitalist or a consultant. He was a Co-Founder of Atlas Venture and p3 technology partners, was Managing Director of Holland Venture, and a VP Investments of GrowthWorks. He has invested in early and later-stage companies across Europe, North America and Israel, and has served on the board of more than 25 companies. Toon was an executive board member of the European Venture Capital Association from 1995 to 1998, responsible for the events and training courses.

Since 2007, Toon has been fully dedicated to assisting Atlantic Canadian companies to prepare for growth and financing. Between 2007 and 2021, Toon has worked with more than 300 companies, and provided supportive training and mentorship with CDL Atlantic.

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