Saint Mary’s University and Volta Announce Partnership
Date Published: May 29, 2019
A new partnership between Saint Mary's University (SMU) and Volta, an innovation hub in downtown Halifax, will see the university become the first post-secondary institution to provide its students direct access to Volta's community of innovators with a dedicated work space onsite.
The physical presence at Volta will allow SMU's community to build stronger relationships within Halifax's innovation district, while providing access to resources, help create new experiential learning opportunities, and enable Saint Mary’s faculty, researchers and programs to better reach and engage with the community and local businesses.
Volta, now in its sixth year of operation, tripled in size last year to 60,000 square feet. Spanning across three floors of the Maritime Centre, the innovation hub is creating a place for entrepreneurs and innovators to work, learn and connect with each other.
"Universities play an important role in driving innovation in Atlantic Canada, and they help attract the talent the region needs to thrive," said Jesse Rodgers, Volta's CEO. "This partnership will infuse Volta's community with the creativity, enthusiasm and innovative thinking that SMU students exemplify."
“Saint Mary’s University is excited to have a permanent physical space at Volta,” said Michael Sanderson, Director of the Saint Mary’s University Entrepreneurship Centre. “At SMU, we believe entrepreneurship is for everyone, so this space and partnership creates a direct pathway for students, faculty and staff from across all disciplines within the university to engage in entrepreneurship and help grow and support the start-up ecosystem.”
Volta and Saint Mary’s will celebrate the partnership with an event this Friday, 11:30 -12:30.
Saint Mary’s University is a national leader in entrepreneurial education. For over 25 years the university has offered a celebrated undergraduate entrepreneurship program. Saint Mary’s is also known for its Masters in Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation degree; Canada’s first student-led venture capital group, Venture Grade; and internationally-recognized Enactus program. The university is also home to Saint Mary’s University Entrepreneurship Centre, which houses a provincial startup sandbox called The Spark Zone. The Centre supports growth, innovation, and the entrepreneurial mindset for students and business within Atlantic Canada.