FIRST Robotics Competition

FIRST Robotics Competition

Fifty high school robotics teams from across Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and the states of New York and Texas will converge at the joint Durham College / University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) campus from Thursday, March 10 to Saturday, March 12 for a three-day robotics showdown at the FIRST® Robotics Canada (FRC) Greater Toronto East Regional competition. The event in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (CRWC) is free and open to the public. More than 1,000 students will demonstrate their engineering skills and knowledge playing FIRST Stronghold™, the new game developed for the 2016 competition, as they contend for a coveted spot at the FRC World Championship. Schedule: Thursday, March 10 • Practice rounds Friday, March 11: • Opening ceremonies: 8:30 a.m. • Qualification matches: 9 a.m. to noon; 1 to 5:45 p.m. Saturday, March 12: • Final rounds: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. • Awards ceremony: 4:30 p.m. Parking: Enter off Simcoe Street North or Conlin Road and proceed to the Founders 3 parking lot. Follow the signs to the CRWC. Start time: 12:30 p.m. End time: 6:00...
360 Incentives Raises $10 million in Funding

360 Incentives Raises $10 million in Funding

(source) Whitby-based 360incentives, a cloud-based incentives software platform for businesses, announced $10 million in new financing. The round was led by Leaders Fund, a newly launched enterprise SaaS venture fund, and Economic Development Canada (EDC), with participation from existing investors OMERS Ventures and Klass Capital. 360 helps businesses gain actionable insights and manage incentives programs, like sales spiff and rebates, on a single platform. In November 2015, the company was ranked 24th in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50. 360 founder and CEO Jason said that the funding will be used towards further developing 360 software. “Companies that sell through complex channels have long faced frustration due to losing sight of what happens out in the channel once their products have shipped to the distribution level,” said Atkins. “They had no way to know who was selling and buying the products and no way to be a part of ensuring a great experience for their consumers. Couple that with the data vulnerabilities associated with operating incentives across multiple solutions and it becomes difficult to make program decisions with certainty.” He added, “By offering a fully-integrated solution on a single software platform, we give our clients the reporting visibility they need to make meaningful changes and build real...
Applications Open for Durham College Fall Accelerator

Applications Open for Durham College Fall Accelerator

After the success of the Durham College (DC) Summer Accelerator Program, FastStart DC, along with the Spark Centre is pleased to announce it will also be offering a Fall Accelerator. The program is designed to help students and graduates take their innovative ideas or business ventures to market faster while utilizing the professional services from an experienced support team. Over the course of 11 weeks, participants will develop their businesses, meet with industry professionals and participate in seminars and pitch competitions. “We are very excited to be offering the Accelerator program again,” said Debbie McKee Demczyk, director, DC’s Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “After the success of the summer incubator, we knew we wanted to give more students and alumni the opportunity to access the many benefits of participating in a program like this. These include a faster entry to market for their business, reduced start-up costs and providing a focused work environment for them to learn in alongside seasoned professionals.” The Summer Accelerator was the first time the program was offered and 10 business ideas were chosen to be a part of the incubator. DC alumnus Robert Biggar and his brother William, who created the travel-industry focused business Ideal Compass, were one of the participating teams. They also took home the $1,000 top score prize at the program’s finale event held in August. “I felt the Summer Accelerator was a great opportunity,” said William. “It’s good to hear the program is being offered again in the fall and I strongly encourage anyone seriously considering opening their own business to apply. The information you learn while participating...
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...
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...