Volta Labs partners with McInnes Cooper to give startups access to legal services

Halifax-based Volta Labs has announced a partnership with McInnes Cooper, a startup and growth-stage law firm.

Led by partners Rob Cowan and David Wallace, McInnes Cooper focuses on supporting emerging businesses in Atlantic Canada. The law firm launched its Start-Up Package in 2017 with the goal of offering legal services and advice to startups and growth stage companies.

Volta McInnes Cooper will be the first corporate partner to set up an office at Volta Labs’ new 60,000 square feet space located at the Maritime Centre. The firm is expected to move into the space in September 2018 after renovates at the new Volta site are completed.

“Collaboration between our partners and the startups in our community is integral to creating a stronger innovation ecosystem in Atlantic Canada.”
– Jesse Rodgers, CEO, Volta Labs
 

At Volta Labs, McInnes Cooper will conduct seminars and office hours for Volta’s residents and network members, as well as host and support events such as Volta Academy. The goal is to provide Volta’s businesses with onsite support and hands-on legal services.

“Volta’s partnership with McInnes Cooper is an example of the growing support corporate partners are providing to early and growth stage companies,” said Jesse Rodgers, CEO of Volta Labs. “Collaboration between our partners and the startups in our community is integral to creating a stronger innovation ecosystem in Atlantic Canada, and Volta is proud to work with organizations like McInnes Cooper to help make this happen.”

Volta Labs said it was natural for the incubator to partner with McInnes Cooper as the law firm was one of the founding sponsors of Volta when it first opened in 2013.

“We believe in our startup community. We have brilliant minds in Atlantic Canada and we are excited to be part of real economic growth in Halifax, specifically Halifax’s Innovation District,” said Cowan.

In December 2017, Volta Labs received a $2.25 million investment from the Nova Scotia government. In February 2016, Volta Labs received $500,000 in funding from the federal government.

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer at BetaKit. As a fourth-year journalism student who has written primarily about entrepreneurship, Amira has developed a growing interest in Canadian startup, business, and tech news. In her free time, Amira enjoys reading, baking and watching legal shows.