Volta revamps Academy program to maximize flexibility and increase peer-to-peer learning
Halifax, NS (January 12, 2022) – Volta has launched an updated training model for their Academy program, which aims to maximize the impact of peer groups and provides added flexibility for entrepreneurs to move at their own pace. Academy helps future Founders go from a big idea to a viable tech-enabled startup. The program now includes four phases that participants will be able to start at any time, and is offered for free for all entrepreneurs that are interested in taking their idea to the next level.
In previous Academy program intakes, there was a selection period, 12 weeks of sessions, and it was offered bi-annually. In this edition of the program, there will be a continuous intake of participants, and sessions will be offered on an ongoing basis. Participants will get access to curated and custom content from a variety of global and local tech and innovation leaders, in a format that allows for active participation and engagement.
“Based on feedback from previous Academy participants, we’re using a “flipped classroom” approach to make sure that we maximize the time participants have to ask questions and get guidance on issues they are running into when applying concepts to their startup,” said Matt Cooper, Volta’s Chief Innovation Officer. “In this approach, participants can watch pre-recorded content and then complete assignments prior to coming to the scheduled classes. This way they have the opportunity to apply the ideas covered in the education and bring their questions to class so all participants benefit from the peer-to-peer setting.”
Through Volta Academy, participants will learn how to go from idea to early adopter. The program is meant for individuals who want to learn the basic fundamentals of how to grow a startup. Each phase will focus on a different theme, including, how to build a founding team, conducting customer discovery to validate your idea, how to design an MVP, and how to develop an MVP that solves problems customers are willing to pay for.
Those interested in participating in Volta Academy must apply at voltaeffect.com/ideas. Successful applicants will be notified on an ongoing basis, and participants will get access to the learning management system to view pre-recorded content on Monday, February 14, 2022.
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. This program has created more than 300 jobs and raised a combined total of over $100-million in equity financing. Learn more at www.voltaeffect.com.
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