Spark Centre 2016 Annual Report

 

Spark Centre is very pleased to present our 2016 Annual Report.

The report details Spark Centre’s mission and vision and also introduces our Board of Directors, Staff and Advisors. It also highlights some of the organization’s and client’s incredible successes in 2016!

Click Here to download a copy.

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For printed copies, please contact Amanda Reynolds, Communications Specialist areynolds@sparkcentre.org

Spark Centre Announces Creative Spark Marketing Service

Spark Innovation Centre is pleased to announce Creative Spark, a new service that focuses on the must haves for any business: Design, Marketing, Media and Communications.

Creative Spark is a multi-disciplined branding and marketing communications studio working with businesses to create, renovate and elevate their brand. The team at Creative Spark holds a wealth of experience working with a diverse list of brands and businesses.

A variety of different packages and add-ons are available through Creative Spark, including:

  • Marketing Strategy
  • Graphic Design
  • Brand Identity / Story
  • Media & Press Training
  • Social Media
    • Profile set-up
    • Content Creation
  • Media Relations
    • Story Pitching
    • Press Release & Media List Creation

For more information on the services Creative Spark offers and pricing, visit www.sparkcentre.org/creative-spark.

Ignite is Coming!

We are very excited to announce that applications for our fourth annual Ignite Startup Competition will be opening in August 2016.

Two start-up companies will be awarded $25,000 to use towards their business. Along with the monetary prize, the two winners will be given free office space in The Loft and will also join Spark Centre’s Thrive Accelerator Program which offers significant advisory and business support services to achieve a faster market entry.

Ignite will also include the Student Entrepreneur category, awarding $5,000 to a post-secondary entrepreneur along with automatic inclusion into Spark Centre’s Youth Incubator Program.

We are excited to announce the dates for Ignite 2016:

Pitch Schools Round One
• All Category Entrepreneurs: September 20

Pitch Competitions Round One
• Young Entrepreneurs: September 27
• General Entrepreneurs: September 28
• Student Entrepreneurs: September 29

Pitch School Round Two
• All Category Entrepreneurs: October 6

Central Pitch Competition
• All Category Entrepreneurs: October 13
  (student winner announcement)

Boardroom Presentations
• Young & General Entrepreneurs: November 15

Awards Ceremony
• Young & General Entrepreneurs: November 17

Start-up businesses located anywhere within Canada are eligible to apply, but winners must establish their business within Durham Region.

Please visit ignitedurham.ca for more information on the application process, eligibility criteria, and important dates.

Client Profile: Hexyoo Scientific

Hexyoo Scientific Inc. is a wellness product development and benefits validation testing company with expertise in formulating and pouring visco elastic polymers (gel). An important milestone for our health based technology company was the filing of our provisional patent, protecting our methods of manufacturing, gel compression wrap design, and our ability to embed sensor technology into our gel. Our gel dissipates pressure,  attenuates vibration, regulates temperature, accommodates body friction and shear, can withstand repeated use and is easily cleanable, which highlights a few of its many features.

We are currently at various stages of development for a handful of projects. Presently, our two flag ship products are:

⁃     The Opus gel Compression Wrap: conveniently combines Hot or Cold therapy with the clinical benefits of true compression. This visco elastic polymer’s unique features allow for faster and safer recovery. Sign up for an invite to our upcoming crowd funding launch on Indiegogo online today at www.opusgelwrap.com.

⁃     Opus gel Pressure Ulcer Pads: developing a proprietary gel based pressure ulcer pad for both treatment and prevention. This pad is compatible with current health care infrastructure and will be a low cost addition to every hospital, long term care, and community based bed for at risk populations. This semi solid gel can be disinfected with straight bleach, has a pliable skin-like texture, and can be embedded with an antimicrobial. Our provisional patent protects our ability to embed sensors, such as accelerometers, pressure mapping systems, and temperature monitors within the gel. These monitors will transmit real time data to hand held devices and a central monitoring station within the health institution. This data will reduce human error and improve patient care. It will also provide much needed evidence of proper management during litigation.

 

Client Profile: Wetraq

by Rachita Goyal ,the Public Relations & Communication Manager for WeTraq

WeTraq is the first credit card sized global tracking device that combines the power of Internet of Things (IoT) and GPS technology. With its unique set of features such as Global Coverage, geo-fencing, precise location & SOS alerts; Wetraq allows you to track your loved ones anytime & anywhere across the globe with NO monthly subscription fee. WeTraq will be proudly ‘Made in Canada’ to ensure better quality and create jobs.

Safety is everyone’s concern, with more than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder and over 5 million Americans & 750,000 Canadians living with dementia.

Unlike other tracking devices that only use Bluetooth or GPS, WeTraq has overcome the limitation of geography, size & limited battery life. The device connects wirelessly with your smartphone via the Wetraq Mobile App which allows remote monitoring of devices by providing seamless interaction using global GSM Network. It uses proprietary software that fetches the location based on billions of WiFi access points spread across the globe. The device uses a rechargeable battery and has an inbuilt sleep mode functionality to prolong battery life.

This device will play a vital role in the lives of families having kids or adults affected by disorders such as Autism and Dementia, helping them ease their anxiety about safety of their loved ones when they are not around. Organizations such as Autism Canada have already come in support of WeTraq device to help make the world a safer place says Ishaan Singla, CEO of WeTraq.

Wetraq will be launching their Kickstarter campaign soon to raise funds to get the device in the hands of who need it the most. You can subscribe for early bird discounts on our website (CLICK HERE) and be part of our initiative to make this world a safer place.