Spark Centre Announces Cohort 2: Fall Student and Youth Incubator

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Spark 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
Henlen Watches have created interchangeable smart watches that allow the user to pop the “smart” component out and insert it into different types of watchbands. Their vision is to offer several types of fashionable watchbands for all situations.

2. Ideal Compass
Ideal Compass is a web application company that increases the time efficiency, business management, and sale closures for travel agents. Their goal is to help agents that struggled in the previous years due to websites wholesalers service their customers better and help make them more money.

3. Belle in a Box
Belle in a Box helps companies to promote their product or service to their fan base using a subscription outlet. By working together, they use creative methods to enhance the user experience; adding on to a customers already present and predominant product experience.

4. Spectro
Spectro is a paint mixing device designed to help artists create masterpieces easily and effectively. By using online cloud software, artists can select colour values in the form of a hex code, ratio or picture and send it to the Spectro. The Spectro then prints out this colour with accuracy.

5. GoOrganic
GoOrganic is a web and mobile platform that will bring buyers and sellers of organic products together – providing greater visibility to sellers, and greater opportunity to consumers of organic products. The platform will bridge the current gap that exists between local and global producers and consumers of organics.

6. Charleton’s Flavoured Coco
Charleton’s Flavoured Coco provides unique, hand-created, hot chocolate flavours. Sold online at first, flavours such as Caramel, Birthday Cake, Strawberry, and Cookies & Creme and many more will be available. The products will first be sold in take home sizes online, with ready-to-drink options bring provided from a store front later.

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 HERE.

Ignite Student Entrepreneur Winner and Final Five

Spark Innovation Centre is very pleased to announce the Student Entrepreneur winner as well as the Final Five Finalists, after an incredible evening at the Ignite Central Pitch Competition.

The Top 25 competitors gave their best three minute pitch in front of the Ignite Power Panel. The Student Entrepreneur winner was chosen and awarded $5,000! After much deliberation, the panel also chose the Final Five (two Young Entrepreneur Finalists and three General Entrepreneur Finalists) to move onto the Boardroom Competition on November 17th and continue their quest for $25,000.

Spark Centre would like to congratulate the winner and finalists!

Student Entrepreneur Winner
– Durham Electro Optics

Young Entrepreneur Finalists
– IFTech
– Ball In The 6

General Entrepreneur Finalists
– BackFlip
– IntriEnergy
– Sound Options

For tickets to the Boardroom Competition on November 17th, please CLICK HERE.

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 CategoryTop26
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 to win $25,000.