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Spark Innovation Centre, a not-for-profit organization that offers free services and support to local entrepreneurs, is accepting applications to its second annual Ignite Competition.

Two startup companies will be chosen to win $25,000 to use towards their business.

Last year Ignite saw over 100 companies compete in a rigorous program that involved pitch competitions, a business boot camp and boardroom competition. An expert Power Panel which included former Dragon’s Den star and cofounder of Round 13 Capital, Bruce Croxon and Jason Atkins, President and CEO of 360 Incentives helped choose the five finalists and ultimately the two Ignite winners, Squabble Studios and MobileXCo.

In 2014, Ignite will focus on innovation, technology, invention and advanced process oriented startups.

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Spark Centre Opens Applications for its Ignite Startup Competition

 

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Spark Innovation Centre, a not-for-profit organization that offers free services and support to local entrepreneurs has begun accepting applications to its second annual Ignite Competition. Two startup companies will be chosen to win $25,000 to use towards their business.

Last year Ignite saw over 100 companies compete in a rigorous program that involved pitch competitions, a business boot camp and boardroom competition. An expert Power Panel which included former Dragon’s Den star and co-founder of Round 13 Capital, Bruce Croxon and Jason Atkins, President and CEO of 360 Incentives helped choose the five finalists and ultimately the two Ignite winners, Squabble Studios and MobileXCo. Matthew Stephan, CEO of Squabble Studios spoke about the importance of the program; “Ignite is an amazing opportunity for any entrepreneur. It teaches great new skills and helps businesses build meaningful connections.

In 2014, Ignite will focus on innovation, technology, invention and advanced process oriented start-ups. “The success of Ignite 2013 was very evident with over 100 competitors and over 2,000 attendees to watch the various competition events,” said Dennis Croft, Executive Director, Spark Centre. “This year Spark continues to enhance Ignite, bringing in the specific Spark Centre mandate of focusing on technology, invention and advanced process creation oriented companies.”

Local pitch competitions will take place in several cities around Durham Region to broaden our search for high potential startups, and the competition will once again have an expert Power Panel to help with the selection process. Ignite 2014 will also be highlighting new categories which support young entrepreneurs including a special prize of $5,000 to a student currently enrolled in a post-secondary institute in Durham Region.

Startups located anywhere within Canada are eligible to apply, but winners must establish their business within Spark Centre offices in Durham Region. The winners will work closely with the Spark Centre team and have access to Spark’s network of mentors and advisors who will help to accelerate their business.

Applications are available online and must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on September 12, 2014. Please visit www.ignitedurham.ca for more information on the application process, eligibility criteria, and important dates.

About Spark Centre: Spark Innovation Centre is one of fourteen not-for-profit Regional Innovation Centres (RICs) that form part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE). The centre works to improve competitiveness and visibility of Durham Region and Northumberland County as a world-class innovation cluster. For more information on Spark Centre, please visit www.sparkcentre.org

Media Contact:
Amanda Reynolds
Public Relations and Media Manager
905-432-3999 x 122
areynolds@sparkcentre.org

Spark Centre launches “The Vault”

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Spark Centre launches “The Vault”

Whitby’s Centennial Building is the location for Spark Centre’s Incubator Accelerator Program

Whitby, ON (August 12, 2014) — Spark Innovation Centre is pleased to announce that in partnership with the Town of Whitby they have established an Incubator Program located in the Centennial Building at 416 Centre Street South.

The incubator space will foster cross learning and collaboration for entrepreneurs and startups. Activities will include strategic planning, product design and brainstorming, executive coaching, confidential business discussions, executive team meetings, legal activities, presentations and pitch preparation. Clients will receive training, business assistance and access to funding to support all aspects of innovative technology or invention. The focus of “The Vault” is to expedite business commercialization for local startups.

Spark Centre’s Executive Director, Dennis Croft, spoke about the new location; “Spark Centre is honoured to have presence within the prestigious and historic Centennial Building. The Vault will inspire young entrepreneurs to pioneer new technology and bring ideas to life.” Town of Whitby Mayor Pat Perkins says “We welcome the Regional Innovation Centre in Whitby. It is a great opportunity for local entrepreneurs to work with Spark Centre’s executive team to help grow their businesses.”

About Whitby’s Centennial Building:  Built in 1854, Whitby’s Centennial Building is one of Ontario’s finest designated heritage structures.  The Centennial Building began as the Ontario County Courthouse, and served from 1854 to 1964 as a trial court and a meeting place for County Council. In 1967, a local Centennial project turned the building into a community centre. The courthouse is currently the Whitby Courthouse Theatre and includes a banquet facility, local archives, and is used by community organizations.

About Spark Centre: Spark Innovation Centre is one of fourteen not-for-profit Regional Innovation Centres (RICs) that form part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE). The centre works to improve competitiveness and visibility of Durham Region and Northumberland County as a world-class innovation cluster. Spark Centre envisions a thriving entrepreneurial community that embraces innovation and technology to compete in the global business world. For more information on Spark Centre, please visit www.sparkcentre.org

Media Contact:  
Amanda Reynolds
Public Relations and Media Manager
905-432-3999 x 122
areynolds@sparkcentre.org