Client Update: Zambah Launches New “Pro” Service

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Zambah, the community driven online music platform that supports the discovery of new independent music, is pleased to announce the release of their new Pro account. Zambah Pro comes with a multitude of new and exclusive features which enable independent musicians to sell music and keep 100% of the profits. Highlights of Zambah Pro include:

–       Unlimited song uploads by artist
–       Unlimited downloads per song
–       Artists keep 100% of profits from all music sales
–       Access to detailed analytics including measure of song sales, plays, likes, downloads, and geographic information

“Zambah Pro is meant for music creatives looking for a clean and intuitive platform to host and sell their entire music catalogue,” said Zambah CEO, Kenneth Asafo. “We want Zambah Pro to empower artists to sell music directly to listeners in a matter of seconds without losing any profits – we aim to lead as a music service that gives the most back to artists.”

Zambah launched its beta application only a few short months ago with the objective of providing music artists with core tools to upload, share, and monetize their music to an engaged audience of music enthusiasts.

Artists can purchase Zambah Pro for $10 a month and can cancel their subscription at any anytime.

For more information about the new Zambah Pro, visit: zambah.com/pro

About Zambah: Zambah is a community driven music platform that supports the discovery and collection of new independent music.  Zambah is currently available for Android and the web. Founded in February 2014, Zambah is headquartered in Oshawa, Ontario. Visit zambah.com for more information.

Media Contact: 
Kenneth Asafo, CEO and Co-Founder
905-409-5364                                      
k.asafo@zambah.com

Client Update: Seriously Fun Games

One of Spark Centre’s top start-ups to watch in 2015 and Thrive Cohort One member is Seriously Fun Games (SFG). SFG built their company to teach important social, health and safety lessons to kids using the fun and engagement of video games.

Since joining Spark Centre’s Thrive Accelerator Program earlier this year, SFG has worked with the Spark team on approaching strategic partners, sales advisory and branding. The companies’ debut game, Monster Brusher™ is now complete and set to launch on Google Play and the Apple Store later this summer.

Monster Brusher is a new game that helps kids learn about oral health in a fun and interactive way using a tablet or phone. Gesture recognition lets kids learn proper brushing techniques. They follow along with the instructions by brushing teeth in a circular motion for two minutes and are graded on their skills when they finish.

While building the game, Monster Brusher teamed up with Brush-a-mania’s educational program. Brush-a-mania is a not-for-profit program designed to promote oral health and awareness among young children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6. Matthew Stephan, CEO of Seriously Fun Games attended the Brush-a-mania launch in April and introduced Monster Brusher to dentists, educators and kids.

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Seriously Fun Games CEO, Matt Stephan at the Brush-a-mania launch event

The goal of SFG is to continue to work with the Spark Centre advisory team on building their business and continue to build educational games so anyone can have fun while learning.

Spark Innovation Centre and City of Oshawa Announce The Loft

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Spark Commercialization and Innovation Centre in partnership with City of Oshawa is pleased to announce the official Grand Opening of The Loft, a 90 seat start-up incubation space located at 21 Simcoe Street South in Downtown Oshawa.

The Loft is a new ecosystem where innovative entrepreneurs and partners can collaborate with Spark Centre in a truly unique environment. The open concept co-working space allows start-up businesses the opportunity to expand their network and connect with like-minded entrepreneurs and business leaders.

City of Oshawa has committed $150,000 over five years to help encourage the advancement of entrepreneurship and innovation in Downtown Oshawa. This funding has allowed Spark Centre to expand office space to The Loft and offer more advisory and business support to clients on a daily basis.

“The City of Oshawa is thrilled with the opening of The Loft. This is a wonderful opportunity for our innovative and technology based entrepreneurs to explore a unique way of conducting business,” said Councillor John Aker, Chair of the Development Services Committee.  “I encourage all our innovative entrepreneurs and partners to take advantage of this newly open 90 seat start-up incubation space and together we will continue to grow our amazing community.”

“Opening The Loft is another great milestone and achievement for Spark Centre,” says Dennis Croft, President & CEO of Spark Innovation Centre. “The City of Oshawa’s insight into setting a strong Downtown strategy for entrepreneurship has been a major driver in creating the ecosystem here at The Loft. I am confident that their ongoing focus on entrepreneurship and innovation will continue to expand in the downtown core.”

Applications for Thrive Cohort 2 are now open!

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What is Thrive?
Thrive is a startup accelerator that offers a hybrid of incubation and acceleration services. Co-locate with the Spark Centre team and other tech startups to achieve a faster market entry with advisory and operational support services.

We are looking for…

  • Compelling business ventures with innovative technology focus
  • Rapidly scalable, large market opportunity
  • Strong, committed and coachable team
  • Willingness to work day to day with the Spark team.

Applications will be opened for each four month term, based on capacity. Applications will be assessed on team capability, attitude and commitment, ability to execute, strength of innovation, and potential to generate revenue and raise capital.

Applications are open until May 25th. Thrive Cohort 2 will commence the first week of June 2015.

Click Here to Apply! 

 

 

Client Update: Tiko 3D Raises $3.4 Million CDN 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.

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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 to all of us with a physically existent product. We are very excited to be apart of their accelerated journey.”

The Tiko team is now co-located with Spark Innovation Centre at The Loft in Downtown Oshawa where they are working on getting Tiko into production and out to their backers.

For more information on Tiko 3D, visit www.tiko3d.com.