Volta Labs announces 16 startups to pitch for $25,000 investment


Halifax-based Volta Labs has announced the 16 Atlantic Canadian startups that will pitch at the spring edition of the Volta Cohort Pitch event on May 16.

From the 16 startups that have been selected to pitch to a panel of judges, up to five will receive an investment of $25,000. The companies, which were selected from a pool of 58 applicants, will also receive access to mentorship and resources.

“When we launched Volta Cohort, the goal was to accelerate the growth and success of startups in Atlantic Canada,” said Jesse Rodgers, CEO of Volta Labs. “It’s been exciting to watch the current Cohort companies progress. The program proves that, when given the opportunity and resources, founders can fast-track growth and increase their likelihood of success from right here in Atlantic Canada.”

Volta Labs launched its Cohort program last year to address the lack of early-stage investment and resources available to early-stage Atlantic Canadian companies. The companies pitching in the Spring cohort include:

  • Talem Health Analytics (Sydney, NS): a healthcare startup that uses machine learning to predict outcomes in musculoskeletal rehabilitation.
  • Hydrotroniks (Chéticamp, NS): designing electric drives for commercial fishing vessels and leisure boats to provide people who work in commercial fisheries with more sustainable economies and environments.
  • Grey Lit (Halifax, NS): a knowledge mobilization platform that allows users to publish and share their research while searching for and reviewing research from around the world.
  • Tranquility Online (Halifax, NS): a SaaS solution that uses the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach for anxiety.
  • Quantum Link (Halifax, NS): developing an app to connect members with local providers of goods and services.
  • ColourSmith Labs Inc. (Halifax, NS): creating North America’s first direct-to-consumer contact lenses that restore a full spectrum of colour in red-green colour blind individuals.
  • Marine Footprint Solutions Inc. (Halifax, NS): partners with cleantech firms to adapt their innovative emission reduction products for marine use.
  • Commlet Technologies (Sydney, NS): uses GPS tracking bracelets and an app to offer a user-friendly solution for real-time positioning tailored to the education and child care industries.
  • National Digital Solutions (Halifax, NS): provides software solutions for the financial services industry and independant financial advisors.
  • eOceans Research and Consulting Inc. (Dartmouth, NS): aims to be the Fitbit/Strava for over 100 million passionate global ocean explorers such as surfers and fishers.
  • knack (Halifax, NS): streamlines employee onboarding and training to increase employee retention, and overall employee performance.
  • NovaSpectrum Analytics Inc. (Dartmouth, NS): developing a suite of tools using vision-based platforms and machine learning to enable real-time automated marine animal identification for commercial applications in aquaculture, seafood processing, marine resource management and research, and tourism.
  • UAV Control Tower (St. John’s, NL): developing a drone monitoring system used by air traffic controllers to approve, manage, and record drone flights.
  • ExperienceFunding.ca (Halifax, NS): allows NGOs to fundraise through an online platform that enables selling e-tickets for a raffle-based fundraising event.
  • Speakr (Halifax, NS): allows users to analyze data on their voice and body language and see how it compares to others to help pinpoint strengths and weaknesses and provide a means of training over time.
  • Neothermal Energy Storage Inc. (Halifax, NS): addressing the high cost of indoor heating with an electric thermal storage heater for residential supplemental heating.

Volta Cohort hosts a pitch event every six months to determine who is accepted into its program. Companies receiving investment will be given space at Volta Labs and access to a board of mentors made up of CEOs and founders of Volta’s resident and alumni companies.

Tickets for the spring edition of the Volta Cohort Pitch Event are available here.


Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer and content creator at BetaKit with a strong interest in Canadian startup, business, and legal tech news. In her free time, Amira indulges in baking desserts, working out, and watching legal shows.

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