MobileXCo Partners With Toronto Parking Authority

MobileXCo Partners With Toronto Parking Authority

Spark Centre client and Whitby-based, MobileXCo have partnered with the Toronto Parking Authority to introduce a new pilot project in select Liberty Village parking lots. The project allows users of the Green P Mobile Pay App to download discount coupons for area retailers, powered by MobileXCo. The pilot project is being conducted at 2 designated Liberty Village lots, #181 1155 King Street West and #224 34 Hanna Avenue in partnership with mobile solution provider, MobileXCo, with the view to expand the program across Toronto in 2017. “Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for retailers to connect with their customers, as well as to provide an enhanced shopping experience,” said Peter Pinfold co-founder at MobilexCo. “In partnership with Green P, we’re able to provide retailers with a powerful mobile solution, so they can drive sales, foster loyalty, and save money.” Participating Retailers (Liberty Village): Metro (Grocery Store) Global Pet Foods (pet food) Hero Certified Burger (Fast Food) Shoeless Joe’s (Restaurant) Panago Pizza (Fast Food) The Roastery (coffee) For the Love of Cake (Bakery) Brazen Head Irish Pub (Restaurant) Williams Landing (Restaurant) Oats & Ivy (Restaurant) Home Hardware (Hardware) Athlete’s Kitchen (Health Food) Suzanne Gardner Flowers V.O.C. (Women’s Clothing) Vibrant Lifestyle (Health) Smooth Wax Bar (Spa) Kitchen Stuff Plus (Retail) Toronto FC (Sports) The coupon redemption process is extremely easy for retailers to implement and for shoppers to use. There is no special hardware or software required at point-of-sale and no need to scan barcodes at checkout. All that is needed is a smartphone. For a video demonstration of how the program works, click here About MobileXCo:...
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 students win big at Ontario Technological Skills Competition

Durham College students win big at Ontario Technological Skills Competition

by Jillian Follert, durhamregion.com  Several Durham College students recently won big at the largest skilled trades competition in Canada. The Ontario Technological Skills Competition gave students a chance to face off against the best of the best in more than 60 skill areas. Durham College student Adam Leadbetter, 23, scored a gold medal in the Industrial Mechanic Millwright category. “I was pretty pumped, I was ecstatic,” he says. “This is awesome to put on your resume.” His section of the competition involved designing and building a cascading pneumatic circuit on a short timeline. It may sound daunting to those who aren’t familiar with his trade, but Mr. Leadbetter says using the skills learned through his apprenticeship, made it “pretty straight forward.” This year’s competition in Waterloo saw more than 2,100 elementary, secondary and post-secondary students compete in front of 20,000 spectators. (Click Here to read the full...
Tiko 3D Raises $3.3 CDN Million on Kickstarter

Tiko 3D Raises $3.3 CDN Million on Kickstarter

Spark Innovation Centre would like to congratulate Thrive Accelerator Program client, Tiko 3D on becoming fully funded through Kickstarter, with a significant raise of $2.95 million USD, with over 16,000 backers. In just three hours, Tiko hit their $100,000 goal and continued to climb over the 30 day campaign. Tiko 3D is the creators of an affordable, elegant, and easy to use 3D Printer. The Tiko team is bringing delta printing technology to the masses in a user-friendly, affordable desktop device. Since they launched their campaign, Tiko 3D has taken the tech world by storm, being globally featured and recognized on Readwrite, Gizmag, CNet, Geeky Gadgets, and Your Tech Report. Tiko 3D became a Spark Centre client in March 2014. In the beginning stages, Spark worked with the company on legal and manufacturing strategies. In August 2014, they applied to Spark Centre’s Ignite Start-up Competition, and in the end Tiko 3D was announced as the General Entrepreneur winner, awarded $25,000 to use towards their business. Since that time, Tiko 3D has entered Spark Centre’s Thrive Accelerator Program which offers strategic advisory and business support services to achieve a faster market commercialization. “Spark Centre is an awesome support network that takes tech savvy entrepreneurs and gives them a foundation upon which they can grow their company,” says Matt Gajkowski, Founder & CEO of Tiko 3D. “Working with Spark Centre has helped us go from prototype to product to a viable business.” “The Tiko team is a winner!” said Dennis Croft, President & CEO of Spark Innovation Centre. “They are committed to launching a high quality product for an affordable price, and proved it...
Jennifer Osborne boldly leads Durham tech company into uncharted territory

Jennifer Osborne boldly leads Durham tech company into uncharted territory

by durhamregion.com Jennifer Osborne never set out to become president of Search Engine People; her employees demanded it. “When I started I got to choose my own title, so I went with what was best for the company,” she said of the initial title of director of business development, which she chose upon starting with the company in 2005. She describes the moniker as a catch-all for a position that required her to step into many different roles, including leading divisions such as paid search, human resources, enterprise sales and client services. When she playfully complained during a meeting about having to order four different business cards her employees offered a solution. “Everyone said ‘hey, you should just be president,’ so as far as I know I’m the only president elected by a jury of my peers.” Ms. Osborne was the first person founder Jeff Quipp hired when he began looking for someone to help him with the business side of the digital marketing company. That ability to fit into any role has been crucial to the company’s remarkable growth — it has been featured on the Profit 500 list of Canada’s fastest growing companies for six consecutive years. (Click Here to read the full...
Scarsin’s Data Centre Move Triples Capacity to Support its Growing Global Customer-Base

Scarsin’s Data Centre Move Triples Capacity to Support its Growing Global Customer-Base

Providing customers with the highest level of data reliability, availability and security is critical to Scarsin’s ongoing growth strategy. Toronto, November 12th, 2014 – Scarsin Corporation, a software development and services company specializing in providing enterprise-class Business Intelligence (BI) to global organizations, announced that the company has successfully completed its first customer migration to Peer 1, the award-winning Toronto-based data centre. Scarsin’s BI platform, Intelligent Insight Environment (i2e), is a strategic decision enabling SaaS (hosted) system. i2e’s value proposition of enabling informed insights anywhere and at anytime requires highly available, reliant and secure infrastructure. As Scarsin continues its accelerated growth, it determined that its Uxbridge-based hosting site would not be able to scale fast enough to maintain its high performance and service objectives. To read, click...