Lakeridge Health: Working Together to Make Great Ideas Happen

Lakeridge Health is partnering with Spark Centre to take innovation at the hospital to a whole new level.

“Growing and fostering innovation is what we do best at Spark Centre,” says the Centre’s CEO, Sherry Colbourne.

With locations in Oshawa and Whitby, Spark Centre provides advisory services to early stage or growing innovation and technology companies. Services include executive coaching, co-location and day-to-day operational support to help entrepreneurs reach their full potential.

“Through our relationship with Spark Centre, we have been able to connect with start-up companies that are developing some amazing products and services that can help improve the patient experience at our hospital,” explains Len Kleine, Lakeridge Health’s Director of Business Development and Innovation.

For example, wayfinding for patients and families is a common complaint on patient satisfaction surveys at Lakeridge Health, says Len. Spark Centre has connected Lakeridge Health with Innerspace, a Toronto-based company that has developed state-of-the-art ceiling-mounted camera technology.  Together with Whitby-based software developer, Digital Ink Technologies, InnerSpace is helping Lakeridge Health develop a Wayfinding app that will have internal mapping capabilities that will allow patients and visitors to navigate the hospital with their mobile device.

“Spark Centre and its partners are helping us create innovation solutions to some problems we face every day,” adds Len.

Partnering with Lakeridge Health provides entrepreneurs at Spark Centre with an amazing opportunity to test their products and services in a real healthcare setting, adds the Founder of WeTraq, Ishaan Singla.

Ishaan has developed a device the size of a credit card that helps families track and monitor loved ones who are prone to wandering because of Alzheimer’s, Autism, Dementia and other conditions.

“Being able to test in a real-life health care setting boosts consumer confidence in your product or service especially when approaching investors for funding,” explains Ishaan.

With plans to grow Lakeridge Health’s Innovation Office in the future, Len hopes innovators at the hospital can also benefit from its partnership with Spark Centre by connecting with mentors and the support they need to grow their ideas.

 

IGNITE Applications Now Open!

We are pleased to announced that applications are now open for our fifth annual Ignite Competition.

Ignite 2017 will be handing out $80,000 to winning entrepreneurs across four categories:

• Discovery Category: $25,000
• Scale-up Category: $25,000
• Ontario Power Generation Category: $25,000
• Student Entrepreneur Category: $5,000

The Ignite competition journey includes a pitch school, 60 second pitch competition, three minute pitch competition and 30 minute boardroom competition before a panel of judges chooses the winners.

Outside of the prizes for winners, Ignite offers the opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn how to perfect their pitch and also have a chance to practice in front of real investors.

Some past winners of Ignite include Dash MD, Hexyoo Scientific, MobileXCo, National ProStaff and IFTech.

Applications must be received by September 29th. Visit ignitedurham.ca to apply and for more information on eligibility criteria and important dates.

The Downtown Oshawa BIA is seeking volunteers!

 

The Downtown Oshawa BIA has two major events in August where they close roads downtown Oshawa. These are free events to the participants and public.

 

Saturday 12 August is Bikes on Bond – this is where they will line the streets with motorcycles. Motorcycle enthusiasts come from all over Ontario to join our free events. We have vendors and live entertainment with this year’s headliner being Paul James.

 

There are 3 shifts for volunteers

11:45 am – 3 pm

2:45 pm – 6 pm

5:45 pm – 9 pm

 

Kars on King is on Friday 25 August – this is where they line the streets with classic cars. People bring their classic cars from across North America to attend this event and the weekend event at Lakeview. We also provide live entertainment with the headliner this year being Pauly and the Goodfellows.

 

This is a great opportunity for students to get their community service hours. Working all day for both these events and attending the volunteer training session gets students 20 hours.

 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Angela at angela@downtownoshawa.ca or via phone at 905-447-9714.