HALIFAX, NS (April 26, 2022) – Ten early stage Atlantic Canadian startups have been selected to pitch their business ideas at the tenth Volta Cohort Pitch Event on Wednesday, May 25.

The Volta Cohort Pitch Event is an opportunity for startups to pitch their idea for a chance to receive mentorship, resources and $25,0000 in investment as part of the year-long Volta Cohort program. Since Volta Cohort began in 2017, forty-four startups have received funding through the program, which continues to demonstrate its impact on the regional economy and startup ecosystem. To date, Volta Cohort companies as a whole have raised over $20 million in equity financing and secured over $5 million in revenue. Companies who continue to be in operation, are creating approximately 200 full-time jobs. 

“The Volta Cohort program continues to support startups in our region, and is often the first stepping stone for these companies in raising significant VC financing rounds, participating in global accelerators such as Techstars, and continuing to grow and create jobs both on a regional and international level,” said Martha Casey, Chief Executive Officer at Volta. “We are looking forward to working with our partners ACOA, BDC Capital and Innovacorp to continue to support and work with these startups to help them grow, scale and succeed in Atlantic Canada and beyond.” 

The ten finalists include: 

  • CandidateHub – CEO, Brad DiPaolo (Moncton, NB) – is a recruitment marketing automation platform that allows recruitment teams to capture who is engaging with their content online, and provides personal candidate experiences at scale.
  • CleanBandsCEO, Dave Iwankow (Charlottetown, PE) – is a hand washing compliance system for public-facing workers and the companies they work at. Their business has built systems that make handwashing visible, trackable, and marketable.
  • dependbuildCo-Founders, Conor O’Brien and Dr. Tom Cooper (Halifax, NS) – helps municipalities and infrastructure developers identify, assess, and track their risks with their cloud-based risk management software solution.
  • Easy Platter  – Founder, Mandhir Singh (Halifax, NS) – is a platform that connects you with a local chef for your weekly, in-home meal prep. 
  • iFormit Solutions Inc. – Co-Founders, Abdulganiyu Onabanjo and Paul Adeola (Bedford, NS) – is passionate about simplifying smart metering infrastructure using the sub-metering approach to help promote clean utility consumption.
  • Mompowerment LTD, Inc. (Mommy Mundo)Founder and CEO, Janice Villanueva (Halifax, NS) – is an e-learning platform made specially for mothers. They gather global experts and advocates in the field of parenting, deliver information, and support the needs of moms in all stages of motherhood, from pregnancy to parenting.  
  • MotionBed Inc.Founder and CEO, Dr. Ken Raj Leslie (Kentville, NS) – is developing novel dream enhancement technology, featuring REM sleep detection and stimuli playback that allows users to direct their dreams to realize unique experiences.
  • PragmaClin Research Inc. – Co-Founders, Bronwyn Bridges and Gord Genge – (St. John’s, NL) is transforming neurological disease monitoring, by using innovative digital tools to manage movement disorder assessments from home.
  • spokesfan – Founder and CEO, Yasir Gafar (Halifax, NS) – is a research tech startup creating an insights platform. They help customer experience teams track word-of-mouth recommendations with real-time digital analytics. 
  • Zipp Cart – Co-Founders, Jeremy Meade and Fouad Matar (St. John’s, NL) – is an innovative grocery delivery service that allows customers to get their items delivered to their doorstep. 


This event marks the tenth intake of the Volta Cohort program since the program was created in 2017. Volta Cohort was designed to address gaps in resources and provide early stage investment to startups in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Many companies leverage the funding to hire additional full-time team members to support the next stages of company and product growth. The collaboration between Volta, ACOA, BDC Capital, and Innovacorp ensures startup Founders in Atlantic Canada have the full scope of resources, and supporters committed to their success. Founders are able to access advisory services, peer support and space through funding supported by ACOA while BDC and Innovacorp contribute the investment funding.

The Volta Cohort Pitch Event will be taking place in-person at Volta’s Co-Working Space and Lobby on Wednesday, May 25 at 5:30pm. Members of the public are invited to watch either in-person or virtually for free, and can register to attend via Eventbrite. Virtual attendees can watch the event starting at 6pm. More information on the Volta Cohort Program, and the Volta Cohort Pitch Event, can be found at www.voltaeffect.com/cohort.

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About Volta

Volta, located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is the largest innovation hub east of Montreal. Focused on creating a space where members of the regional innovation ecosystem can work, connect and grow, Volta provides access to Co-Working Space, programming, mentorship, resources and events. Volta has been home to more than 100 startup companies through the Volta Residency Program. Participants in this program have created more than 500 jobs and raised a combined total of over $170-million in equity financing. Learn more at www.voltaeffect.com.

About the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency works to create opportunities for economic growth in Atlantic Canada by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive, by working with diverse communities to develop and diversify local economies, and by championing the strengths of Atlantic Canada. Together, with Atlantic Canadians, ACOA is building a stronger economy. For more information, please visit www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca.

 About BDC Capital

With more than $2-billion under management, BDC Capital is the investment arm of BDC, serving as a strategic partner to Canada’s most innovative and high potential firms. It offers a range of equity, venture capital and flexible growth and transition capital solutions to help Canadian entrepreneurs scale their businesses into global champions. To find out more, visit bdc.ca/capital.

 About Innovacorp

Innovacorp is Nova Scotia’s early stage venture capital organization. It finds, funds and fosters innovative Nova Scotia startups that strive to change the world. The goal is to help those startups commercialize their technologies and succeed in the global marketplace. In addition to risk capital, Innovacorp gives entrepreneurs access to world-class incubation facilities, expert advice, and other support to help accelerate their companies. More information at innovacorp.ca.For more information contact:
Laura Sinclair, Senior Marketing Coordinator, Volta
laura@voltaeffect.com, 902.702.0194 ext.111

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