On January 16, 2019, Volta, along with our friends at the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Invest Nova Scotia and Accenture, announced $400,000 in support from the Government of Canada for a new corporate innovation pilot program. The announcement was made in our Corporate Innovation Outpost wing following a fireside chat with Entrevestor’s Peter Moreira on the state of the ecosystem.

“Programs that foster relationships between large companies and growing startups are crucial to bolstering the region’s global competitiveness,” said Jesse Rogers, CEO of Volta. “Strengthening connections between corporations and startups will not only lead to new ideas and product developments but also further establish the region as a global destination for innovation.”

The new programming, delivered in part through a new Accenture Innovation Outpost at Volta, places traditional business leaders in a startup environment where they can learn and develop alongside innovative entrepreneurs and experts.

“Innovation can be difficult, especially within a large, well-established business where there may be obstacles to change,” said Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament for Halifax, who was on hand to announce the Government of Canada’s support on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA. “Businesses that immerse themselves in a culture of innovation can discover and test out-of-the-box thinking in a safe environment before implementing new ways of working within existing business models,” said Fillmore.

In today’s world, large well-established businesses that accept and embrace the opportunity to innovate are better able to compete in a rapidly changing business landscape. We are proud to enhance Volta’s support for large companies as they navigate their innovation journey.

“Being at the forefront of innovation is imperative to grow in the ever-changing digital economy. Companies that embrace innovation and harness the power of disruption are better positioned for long-term growth,” said Claudia Thompson, Managing Director, Health & Public Service at Accenture. “Accenture is pleased to deliver a curriculum presenting new, innovative ways of thinking to guide Atlantic Canadian companies on their innovation journey and solve their most significant challenges.”

Thank you to Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament for Halifax, who was on hand to announce the Government of Canada’s support on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA. Many thanks to Jean Marc Landry from ALC for sharing how the company has implemented innovative products and processes as a result of their Innovation Outpost, as well as to those who attended in person or watched online. A special shout out goes to Atlantic Live Stream for helping us share this exciting announcement with our partners and supporters.

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