Volta Labs holds first pitch event in Halifax for chance to receive $25,000 investment

Volta Labs team in Halifax
Volta Labs team in Halifax

Volta Labs’ first Volta Cohort Pitch Event is set to take place on November 14 in Halifax.

From the 15 startups that have been selected to pitch their businesses to a panel of judges, five will be awarded an investment of $25,000. The participating companies were chosen from a pool of 45 online applicants from across the Atlantic provinces.

“The 15 companies selected to pitch represent a snapshot of what is being created in Atlantic Canada.”
– Jesse Rodgers, CEO of Volta

The Volta Cohort program, which is run in collaboration with BDC Capital and Innovacrop, gives the winning startups an opportunity to receive mentorship from entrepreneurs and financial support to grow their companies.

The judging panel for the event includes Nicole LeBlanc, director of strategic investments for women in tech at BDC Capital; Andrew Ray, investment manager at Innovacorp; and Jesse Rodgers, CEO of Volta Labs.

“This program is about identifying high potential founders and providing them $25,000, along with an intensive program that gives them the opportunity to demonstrate some meaningful success,” said Rodgers. “The 15 companies selected to pitch represent a snapshot of what is being created in Atlantic Canada, which is really exciting given the level of innovation and potential we saw in the application process.”

The pitching companies are:

  • Espial Vision: a company that provides specialized glasses with real-time vision decoding for the visually impaired.
  • Trip Ninja: uses search technology to offer travelers’ flexibility and find them savings on airfare for multi-city trips.
  • Deprolabs Technology: designs, develops, and produces smart electronic devices in the domain of Internet of Things (IoT).
  • IIArena: a platform for the e-gaming industry that provides an arena for gamers to use their skills to compete for money.
  • B-Line Analytics: an analytics platform that collects mobility patterns to help real estate developers, municipalities, and organizations develop and manage transportation and sustainability goals.
  • SassyTuna Studio: a Newfoundland and Labrador-based startup and creative digital lab.
  • IObIO Inc.: builds custom automation platforms and is currently working on a prototype platform for clinical data capture and analysis.
  • GroupThinq: a B2B SaaS application that uses AI to provide real-time information about a project’s status to every member of the team, across organizational silos.
  • Rovault: a startup that designs camera systems that help shrimp processing facilities improve the industry’s average yield.
  • Clockk.io: a SaaS tool that aims to solve the timesheet problem for digital agencies and software consultancies.
  • HiveTrade: a digital investment club platform that provides investors with the ability to create and manage their own investment clubs and their group investment portfolio.
  • MyMem: helps dementia patients hold on to their memories and experiences by creating a digital “life story book.”
  • Flock: a SaaS knowledge collection platform that facilitates onboarding freelancers and new employees.
  • Ceesix Health: a platform that uses app-based technology to help diabetics live healthier lives.
  • Phased In: technology that allows mobile device users to experience shared augmented reality.

The keynote address will be given by Ross Simmonds, entrepreneur and digital marketing strategist. The investments will be given live at the end of the evening.

For tickects to The Volta Cohort Pitch Event, check out the website here.

Photo via Volta Labs  


Aeman Ansari

Aeman Ansari is a freelance writer who has been published in many Toronto-based publications, including Hazlitt and Torontoist. When she’s not re-watching Hitchcock movies, she’s working on her collection of short fiction inspired by stories from her grandmother, one of the few women in India to receive post-secondary education in English literature at the time.

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