Student Entrepreneur Pitch Competition

Student Entrepreneur Pitch Competition

Spark Centre‘s first cohort in the Youth Accelerator Program is well underway and you are invited to watch the students pitch their entrepreneurial experiences. Click the dates below to register your attendance! Thursday, July 9th 1:30pm – 3:30pm The Loft at Spark Centre 21 Simcoe St. S, Oshawa Thursday, July 30th 1:30pm – 3:30pm The Loft at Spark Centre 21 Simcoe St. S, Oshawa Background The first student cohort of Spark Centre’s Youth Accelerator Program is done in partnership with Durham College’s Summer Accelerator and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Brilliant Summer Incubator. Both programs are facilitated and led by Spark Centre who provides in-depth advisory services, start up support, free office space, and a breadth of specialty workshops and events. The goal of the program is to help these entrepreneurs validate their business ideas and take those ideas to market quickly. The program also aims to provide practical exposure to entrepreneurship as a career path. Learn...
Uxbridge company Scarsin creating high-tech jobs at home

Uxbridge company Scarsin creating high-tech jobs at home

by Moya Dillon, durhamregion.com  Tucked beside an organic market in downtown Uxbridge, software company Scarsin has been steadily growing as it works to serve an ever-expanding roster of international business clients. The company’s proprietary software, Integrated Insight Environment, is used by global corporations to gain improved business insights and make better business decisions. The product offers one solution to manage enterprise data management, collaborative forecasting, PowerPoint production and reporting and interactive web and mobile scorecards. “We are very proud of what we’ve accomplished,” said Paul Minshull, CEO of Scarsin, noting they are also beginning to branch out into other areas, including working with governments. “There are a couple of things driving our success,” he continued. “One is that we are good problem solvers, the second is that we just believe we can be as good as anybody in the world. As good as anyone in downtown Toronto or Berlin or Los Angeles. There’s no reason we can’t come up with better ideas than anybody, we just needed a little help to move faster.” (Click Here to read the full...
Durham College & IFTech Research Project

Durham College & IFTech Research Project

The co-founders of Inventing Future Technology Inc. (IFTech) had a great opportunity to work with Durham College’s Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE). The video below highlights the applied research work that Durham College students accomplished with the IFTech team to help make their As Real As It Gets ARAIG gaming suit come to life. The college worked with IFTech beginning in June 2014 when it received funding from the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). The student and faculty team worked to support IFTech’s growth and expansion into the wearable technology marketplace with a focus on bringing ARAIG to a manufacture-ready, commercial product. Check out the video below to get an idea of the great work that has been done with this...
Durham College Coldframe Technology Research Project

Durham College Coldframe Technology Research Project

A research project taking place at Durham College’s Whitby campus has Greg Moran, professor of HVAC at Durham College, and Shane Jones, professor of horticulture, working on coldframe technology that will allow plants such as lettuce and kale to be grown year round. The project was recently featured on a segment of City News. Watch the video for...
Spark Innovation Centre Announces the Launch of Innovative Youth Incubator

Spark Innovation Centre Announces the Launch of Innovative Youth Incubator

Spark Commercialization and Innovation Centre is pleased to announce the launch of a new youth incubator. The incubator launched on May 4, 2015, with the first cohort running from May to September 2015 and it celebrates 25 youth aged 18 – 29, contributing to 20 start-up companies. The first cohort is done in partnership with Durham College’s Summer Accelerator and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Brilliant Summer Incubator.  Both programs are facilitated and led by Spark Innovation Centre who offer the companies in-depth advisory services, start up support, free office space, and a breadth of specialty workshops and events. The incubator provides a state-of-the-art environment with seminars, workshops, one on one mentoring, job shadowing, peer group best practices, partner programs, coaching, and support for youth grants and loans.  Young entrepreneurs also have opportunities for exposure to private angel networks. The 20 student companies were selected to participate in the program after presenting a compelling business venture pitch, identifying the potential for large market sustainability. The goal of the program is to help these entrepreneurs validate their business ideas and take those ideas to market quickly. The program also aims to provide practical exposure to entrepreneurship as a career path. “The demand for new business incubation in the Durham Region is growing rapidly. At the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) our student entrepreneurs are excited about the opportunity to develop their business and innovation skills and knowledge in partnership with Spark Centre and UOIT’s Brilliant Incubator program,” said Michael Owen, Vice-President, Research, Innovation & International at UOIT.  “Our student entrepreneurs have amazing business ideas and technological...