Ignite: Boardroom Presentations

Ignite: Boardroom Presentations

Join us for an exciting evening celebrating the best and brightest Durham Region entrepreneurs! November 17th from 5:00pm to 8:30pm CLICK HERE to Register! The final step in the Ignite process – the 5 Ignite finalists will each deliver a 20 minute investment presentation to the Ignite Power Panel. Each presentation will be followed by a 10 minute Q&A session, where team will face real scrutiny from entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders who have been there and done that. Following the Boardroom Presentations, our Ignite Power Panel will select the two Ignite winners! Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Registration and Welcome Reception at 5:00 Presentations begin at 6:00 ...
Spark Centre Announces Cohort 2: Fall Student and Youth Incubator

Spark Centre Announces Cohort 2: Fall Student and Youth Incubator

Spark Innovation Centre is pleased to announce Cohort 2: Fall Student and Youth Incubator! Congratulations to the following start-up companies who have been chosen to join the 10-week program. 1. Henlen Watches 2. Ideal Compass 3. Belle in a Box 4. Spectro 5. GoOrganic 6. Charleton’s Flavoured Coco The goal of Spark Centre’s Student and Youth Incubator program is to help entrepreneurs validate their business ideas and take those ideas to market quickly. It also aims to provide practical exposure to entrepreneurship as a career path. The incubator provides the entrepreneurs with free office space at The Loft, a state-of-the-art environment in Durham Region. They will also have access to one on one mentoring, job shadowing, peer group best practices, partner programs, coaching, and support for youth grants and loans. For more information, CLICK...
Ignite Central Pitch Competition

Ignite Central Pitch Competition

Join us for an exciting evening celebrating the best and brightest Durham Region entrepreneurs! October 14th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm CLICK HERE to Register! Come watch the Final 25 give their best three minute pitch at Ignite’s Central Pitch Competition! Following the pitches a Student Entrepreneur winner will be chosen and awarded $5,000. The Final five finalists, two Young Entrepreneurs and three General Entrepreneurs, will be chosen and will move onto the Boardroom Presentation where they will continue their quest for the grand $25,000 prize! Spark Centre’s annual Ignite pitch competition is an exciting entrepreneurial journey organized by Spark Centre along with many local community partners. Ignite begins with a pitch school open to all technology, innovative or inventive applicants and will end with an extraordinary finale celebrating two Startups. Spark Centre’s goal is to Ignite a startup community in Durham Region. Together, we hope to inspire, bring visibility and support entrepreneurs, ultimately creating jobs and economic wealth for Durham Region. By highlighting the local resources available to startups, we can show our entrepreneurs that Durham has everything they need to successfully start and grow their companies. For information on Ignite, visit...
Introducing the Ignite 2015 Top 26!

Introducing the Ignite 2015 Top 26!

The first round of Ignite pitches are complete and we have our Top 26! Currently in its third year, Ignite saw 73 incredible innovation, technology or invention based businesses apply. Those eligible had the chance to give their best one minute pitch to a panel of judges made up of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. The judges then had the difficult task of choosing the Top 26 to move onto the next round. Ignite held three separate competitions for the three categories; Student Entrepreneur, Young Entrepreneur and General Entrepreneur. During the competitions, each participant had only 60 seconds to convince the judges that their startup was viable and investment worthy. Being able to pitch in one minute is not easy, but it shows the need to communicate clearly, quickly, and to engage your audience when speaking about your start-up business. Spark Centre would like to congratulate the 26 companies selected to move on to the Central Pitch Competition October 14th at the Abilities Centre in Whitby. Student Entrepreneur Category EDIT Durham Electro Optics Go Charge Think Tank Oshawa Warlords 1944 Young Entrepreneur Category Abilidoc Ball In The 6 BusinessMatch Henlen Watches Icarus Technologies IFTech Locus Turnkey Aquaponics Yulitz Zambah General Entrepreneur Category Backflip Belle in a Box Coqui 3D Hexyoo Scientific IntriEnergy Jason Campbell Shopfunds SOKO Insight Sound Options Tagamaze Unafraiddesigns If you’d like to join us for the Central Pitch Competition on October 14th at Abilities Centre, please REGISTER HERE. Tickets are limited, so reserve your place quickly! The Student Entrepreneur winner will be announced and awarded $5,000! Two Young Entrepreneur and three General Entrepreneur finalists will also be announced to move on to the Boardroom Competition for their chance...