Meet Thrive Accelerator Program Cohort 2

Meet Thrive Accelerator Program Cohort 2

Spark Innovation Centre is pleased to present Cohort Two of the Thrive Accelerator Program.  These four start-ups will be co-located at The Loft – Spark Centre’s collaborative ecosystem in Durham Region and will have access to significant advisory and business support services to achieve a faster market entry.  Thrive is a four month program with the option of continuing for up to 24 consecutive months. Introducing Thrive Cohort Two: Panda Insights The world’s first bio-metric data loyalty program for the health market. Panda Insights provides real time data tracking that allows for rich data to be pulled from the gym about the end user’s gym experience. @Panda_Insights Sound Options Sound Options provides effective treatments for reducing chronic ringing in the ears known as tinnitus. The company provides a software-generated, customized sound therapy that is embedded in music to stimulate the ear and brain and reduce the causes of tinnitus. @so_tinnitus uConekt The creators of lynk device. Lynk is a wearable device & app to protect your mobile digital identity & locate your smartphone. @lynkdevice yoSpotMe Tinder for gym mates. SpotMe is a mobile app and web platform that helps you connect with local fitness enthusiasts, providing you with the social support required to achieve your goals. @yospotme...
Q&A with Spark Centre Client, Sound Options

Q&A with Spark Centre Client, Sound Options

Sound Options is one of the companies recently accepted into Spark Centre’s Thrive Accelerator Program. The company was started after the team’s years of research in tinnitus. This led to Sound Options creating an innovative approach to treating tinnitus: personally customizing a sound therapy using current understanding of tinnitus and cutting-edge software.  “We’re excited to have Sound Options with us in the Thrive Accelerator. The team has developed an incredibly novel solution to a real problem that many people face daily – we’re looking forward to seeing rapid growth in the market” – said Braden Kemp, Director of Client Services and Thrive Accelerator Program at Spark Centre. Spark Centre sat down with Michael Chrostowski, PhD, President & CEO of Sound Options Tinnitus Treatments Inc. to talk about the impact his business is making in the industry and what advice he has for fellow entrepreneurs. What is Sound Options? Sound Options provides a treatment for a hearing disorder called Tinnitus, which is a ringing in the ears. We’ve developed software that incorporates neuroscience research to be able to provide a customized sound therapy. Everyone’s condition is unique and has their own tinnitus profile and that’s what has made this condition very difficult to treat. What we have done is embed a computational model of the hearing brain into our software which partly came out of the research I did during my PhD at McMaster. This allowed our software to take a person’s hearing along with their tinnitus profile and predict an optimal sound therapy. Our software then embeds into music, uploads it to the cloud and allows a person to listen on their own device. We...
New Durham tech startup bringing pharmacies into digital age

New Durham tech startup bringing pharmacies into digital age

by Al Rivett, durhamregion.com  A start-up tech company that had its genesis on the University of Ontario Institute of Technology campus has hatched from the incubator and is hard-charging through to the next state in the evolutionary process of a fledgling business. “We’re going to be in a position to be a well-funded start-up. We’re exiting the introductory phase of a business and going into the early-growth phase,” said Spencer Turbitt, co-founder and CEO of iApotheca Healthcare Inc., a company offering custom software solutions for small- and medium-sized pharmacies, allowing them to digitize their businesses with user-friendly applications. “We made some great connections with pharmacy organizations and there has been some luck involved, too. The good thing about coming out of the introductory stage is we’ve got a lot of the risky moments of a start-up out of the way. There are lots of new ones to come but, basically, we’ve validated our products and we know the industry wants our products as well as other ones we’re developing and advancing on.” iApotheca’s product, explained Mr. Turbitt, is an online portal that’s customized for pharmacies. There are two modules in the portal; one for tracking policies and procedures and, as new policies are added, pharmacy owners can access them digitally to track whether employees have read and acknowledged them. There’s another set of modules focused on workflow, designed to save pharmacies time and money, while cutting down on medication errors. Pharmacies use the portal and the customized software on a monthly subscription basis. “The online portal can be accessed from anywhere, with any device or any computer — laptop or...
Durham Region Startup Drinks

Durham Region Startup Drinks

Join your fellow entrepreneurs on Thursday, July 23rd at Buster Rhino’s in Oshawa What is Startup Drinks? Startup Drinks is a national grassroots effort to help people in the startup community connect, share experiences and stay in touch. No presentations. No pitches. The point is to mix and mingle with fellow entrepreneurs and make connections over, well, drinks! Where & When? Date: Thursday, July 23rd Location: Buster Rhino’s, 28 King Street East Time: 6pm – 9pm How to Register? CLICK HERE to Register for Durham Region Startup Drinks on February...