HALIFAX, NS (September 23, 2021) – Six awards were distributed to the winning Atlantic Canadian individuals, companies and supporters at Volta’s third annual Ecosystem Impact Awards, proudly supported by RBC. The event took place virtually on September 23. 

The Ecosystem Impact Awards were launched in 2019 to acknowledge and celebrate the changemakers, community leaders and supporters who are rapidly transforming the startup ecosystem in Atlantic Canada. 

The award categories include: Catalyst, Community Leader, Corporate Supporter, Disruptor and Positive Impact – one for a company and another recognizing an individual.

The awards were distributed as follows: 

  • Joint Economic Development Initiative received the Catalyst Award, which recognizes an organization that has helped create cohesion and growth in the Atlantic Canadian startup ecosystem. This can include: building relationships between organizations in the ecosystem, supporting growth in the startup community, and reducing or removing barriers to startups’ success. 
  • Digital Nova Scotia received the Community Leader Award, which recognizes a company or Founder directly impacting the growth and development of the technology and innovation ecosystem in Atlantic Canada. They demonstrate dedication to the startup community, and give back through the donation of time, mentorship and serving as a resource in a peer to peer environment.
  • Microsoft Canada received the Corporate Supporter Award, which recognizes a corporate partner that has been a supporter of the tech startup community in Atlantic Canada. This dedicated partner actively boosts the development of our rapidly-growing technology sector by donating their time and resources through mentorship and training. 
  • Outcast Foods received the Disruptor Award, which recognizes an Atlantic Canadian technology startup that has experienced significant success over the past year. Success can be measured in a number of ways, including; innovative technology, solving a technological need, capturing a new sector or market, disruption of a service or market segment, applications of product or service and traction in, or ability to obtain traction in the international marketplace.
  • Food for Thought Software Solutions received the Positive Impact Award-Company, which recognizes a company that has developed and implemented solutions for social, cultural and/or environmental issues that benefit the community at-large.
  • Alfred Burgesson, Founder and CEO of Tribe Network, received the Positive Impact Award- Individual, which recognizes an individual who has developed and implemented solutions for social, cultural or environmental issues that benefit the community at-large.

The recipients were selected by a panel of judges, comprised of regional business and educational leaders. There were more than 25 nominations received.

“We’re thrilled to host the awards and celebrate the changemakers in the Atlantic Canadian tech ecosystem that continue to make an impact on a national and international level. The efforts of each company, individual and supporter in our community deserve to be recognized, so we’re happy to be able to do that at these awards,” said Volta CEO, Martha Casey. “These organizations and individuals are pivotal in establishing Atlantic Canada as a place for growth, innovation and entrepreneurship.” 

The next large-scale event on Volta’s calendar is the Cohort Pitch Event, taking place on November 24. Registration for this event is available now here:  https://bit.ly/3DAi3Vv.


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