Fifteen Atlantic Canadian tech startups have been selected to pitch at the fall 2019 Volta Cohort Pitch Event on Wednesday, Nov. 20 in Halifax.
As many as five companies will receive $25,000 in investment as well as mentorship, office space and other benefits.
Volta Cohort launched in 2017 to address the lack of early-stage investment and resources available to young tech startups in the region. In its four previous pitch events, the program has awarded $475,000 in investments.
“Volta Cohort launched two years ago as an experiment to see if funding high-calibre, early-stage startups would lead to more venture-path companies in Atlantic Canada,” said Volta CEO Jesse Rodgers in a statement. "The program has exceeded expectations, with Cohort companies collectively raising a total of more than $6 million in received and pending investments, and we continue to see a wide range of innovative applicants across sectors."
The finalists are:
Bloxo Inc. (Halifax) – Bloxo is a mobile and web-based platform that simplifies the process of organizing and participating in sports, by connecting organizers, players and facilities.
Bookt (Halifax) – bookt.ca is a consolidated, just-in-time appointment booking platform that connects on-the-go customers with in-demand beauty professionals.
Bursity Inc. (Halifax) – Bursity.ca is developing a web platform that helps post-secondary students pay their tuition by finding and applying for financial awards in a few easy steps. Its platform uses one universal form to connect students to more than 2 million funding opportunities.
Clever Fruit (Bridgewater, NS) – Clever Fruit manufactures a fermented nutraceutical ingredient to manage cholesterol naturally.
Electric Owl Solutions Ltd. (Halifax) – Electric Owl is developing subscription-based software solutions for community gardens, urban gardeners and small-scale farmers.
Hyke Technologies Inc. (St. John’s) – Hyke Technologies is developing a customer acquisition, retention, and expansion platform to revamp B2C's engagement with millennials.
JellyGood (Cole Harbour, NS) – Jellygood makes a collagen protein bar that delivers better nutrition.
Legal Innovation Lab (Charlottetown) – Legal Innovation Lab collaborates with specialist lawyers to create premium, do-it-yourself legal solutions for families and entrepreneurs, to offer solutions that cost 60 to 80 percent less than a lawyer’s typical rate.
Let’s Glo (Halifax) – Let’s Glo is a personalized employee engagement software for millennials and the companies that they work at.
Macro Movements (Sydney) – Macro Movements uses artificial intelligence to track, analyze and perfect human movement patterns.
Placebuilder (Halifax) – Placebuilder is developing a platform that will allow like-minded collaborators to capture and display their efforts for better outcomes.
RIDDL (Fredericton) – RIDDL provides proprietary data to impact investors to guide better investment decisions.
Roadblock (Halifax) – Roadblock uses computer vision and machine learning to give cities a complete view of their road infrastructure’s condition.
Safa (St. John’s) – Safa is creating an AI-powered employee retention solution for companies.
Sparrow Acoustics (Halifax) – Sparrow Acoustics is making it possible for healthcare professionals to triage a cardiac patient in less than 10 minutes using only software and an electronic stethoscope. The company combines a decade of auscultation research with computer visualization, proprietary acoustic algorithms, and artificial intelligence.
Volta Cohort holds pitching sessions twice a year and provides winners with space at Volta and access to a board of mentors comprising CEOs and founders of Volta’s resident and alumni companies. Companies outside Halifax receive support through partner organizations in other Atlantic Canadian cities.