Volta Cohort announces early-stage startups pitching for $25,000

Fifteen Atlantic Canadian early-stage startups will pitch at the fall edition of Volta Cohort’s pitch event on November 28 at Kenneth C. Rowe Hall, Pier 21 in Halifax. Up to five companies will receive $25,000 in investment, mentorship, and resources.

This event marks the third intake of the Volta Cohort program, which launched last year to address the lack of investment and resources available to early-stage Atlantic Canadian technology startups.

“Startups in Atlantic Canada are developing innovative products that reach global markets,” said Jesse Rodgers, CEO of Volta. “Access to funding at an early stage can drastically reduce the challenges founders face in Atlantic Canada. Volta Cohort is helping accelerate the growth of high potential founders by providing space to collaborate with their teams, world-class mentorship opportunities and programming tailored to their needs,” said Rodgers.

The selected startups are:

  • Aurea Technologies (Halifax, NS), which is addressing the climate change crisis by creating simple, human-centric, revolutionary wind turbines for consumer and commercial markets.
  • Byos Cybersecurity (Halifax, NS), which is developing a product to monitor and protect companies’ critical resources from data leaks, security breaches, fraud, and infections.
  • Commlet Technologies (Sydney, NS), which uses GPS tracking bracelets and an innovative app to offer a user-friendly solution for real-time positioning tailored to the education and childcare industries.
  • Copsys Industries Inc., (Halifax, NS) a new technology providing a specific type of coating, along with Impressed Current Cathodic Protection (ICCP) configured to provide uninterrupted protection on a structure.
  • DevScript Inc. (South Greenwood, NS), which offers a software product, Aila, an app that installs on users’ desktop or mobile device to creates software for mobile, desktop, and web without programming skills.
  • Halifax VR (Halifax, NS), which is developing occupational therapy rehabilitation software, in partnership with a children’s hospital, using augmented reality. The company’s first product in development is a virtual wheelchair simulator.
  • iLokol Technologies (Halifax, NS), which is developing a multi-language platform that helps international students and newcomers find the right place to shop, dine, and play. Users can check for nearby businesses, find products or services, and place orders from mobile devices.
  • Kindness3D (Halifax, NS), which was established to send affordable, 3D printed artificial limbs to those less fortunate around the world. To date, the project has successfully delivered two devices, one to Costa Rica and the other to Brazil.
  • Neothermal Energy Storage Inc (Halifax, NS), which is tackling high home energy costs with a smart home compatible, electric thermal storage heater for residential supplemental space and water heating.
  • Milk Moovement (St John’s, NL), a Dairy Industry ERP platform that brings outdated systems to new life and provides significant data improvement for all stakeholders in the dairy industry. Milk Moovement is currently being used across the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and preparing for expansion across all Atlantic provinces.
  • Osteo-PM (Halifax, NS), a go-to personal pain and mobility management service for osteoarthritis (OA) suffers. The goal is for the platform to be a diagnostic tool or virtual health provider. A health professional version will also be available to help monitor, interact, and coach OA clients/patients via the platform in real time.
  • Rayleigh Solar Tech (Halifax, NS), a Halifax-based company founded in 2016 to develop and commercialize next generation perovskite solar cell technology. The company is uniquely situated at the cutting-edge of this field and presents an opportunity for Nova Scotia and Canada to capitalize on the development of this potentially disruptive technology.
  • Tranquility Online (Halifax, NS), offers a SaaS solution that leverages Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Tranquility Online’s interactive CBT software was built by experts and can also be accompanied by coaching from real people, who will be trained by the company’s internally developed training protocol.
  • Tsundoku Digital (Halifax, NS), which promises to change the way blog content is consumed by providing users with the opportunity to streamline reading habits and consume the best content possible. The company is building a multi-platform app that delivers the right content when users have chosen to receive it.
  • YOUX Systems Inc. (Halifax, NS), which is developing SEXOLOGY, a mobile app that functions as an AI-based sex therapy assistant helping single users and couples improve their sexual life and overcome sexual problems.
  • Volta Cohort participants are selected through an application process that runs twice a year. Volta hosts a pitch event every six months to determine who is accepted into the program. Companies receiving investment are given space at Volta and access to a board of mentors comprised of CEOs and founders of Volta’s Resident and Alumni companies.

    Tickets for the fall edition of the Volta Cohort Pitch Event are now on sale and are available here.

    Photo credit Riley Smith.

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