Spark Centre Announces Global Partnership with Beijing Future Science Park

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Spark Centre Announces Global Partnership with Beijing Future Science Park

 

Oshawa, ON (September 8, 2017) – In celebration of the fifth year anniversary of the Ignite Competition, Spark Innovation Centre is extending their reach to include much sought after global markets with a newly announced partnership with Beijing Future Science Park.

 

Spark Centre travelled to China with the Region of Durham Economic Development delegation in May 2017 and signed a reciprocal agreement with Beijing Future Science Park at that time. The $25,000 Ignite Scale-Up category award will now be exclusively funded by Beijing Future Science Park and will include a one-week trip to Beijing for exploratory discussions, in addition to $5,000 of IP legal support from Bereskin & Parr for the winner.

 

“Sponsorship by Beijing Future Science Park of the Scale-Up category of our Ignite Competition shows the immediate benefit of these international collaborations,” said Spark Centre President and CEO, Sherry Colbourne.  “Long term, we expect such collaborations to lead to exponential growth for Spark Centre clients and energize economic impact for Durham Region.”

 

“Beijing Future Science Park are very pleased to be the title sponsor for Spark Centre’s 2017 Ignite Competition in the Scale Up Category. This provides a direct opportunity for the Canadian business and technology community to know about Beijing Future Science Park, become connected with Changping District in Beijing, and, in return, further advance Canada and China exchanges and collaborations in science and technology,” said Zhang Yanyou, Mayor of Changping District People’s Government.“We invite Canadian startups to visit us in Beijing’s Changping District, through our soft-landing program at Beijing Future Science Park where startups can introduce their business in China and we can work together to build a bright future for the world.”

 

Ignite is a pitch competition organized by Spark Centre and supported by local municipalities, academia and private sector businesses across Durham Region. Ignite begins with a pitch school open to all technology, innovative or inventive applicants and progresses to an extraordinary finale celebrating winners who receive up to $25,000 across multiple categories.

 

Applications for all Ignite categories opened on August 21st and will close on September 29th.  Those interested in applying can do so at www.ignitedurham.ca.

 

About Beijing Future Science Park: Beijing Future Science Park (BFSP) launched in 2009 and is located in the Changping District of Beijing.  After eight years of construction, it is rapidly becoming a gathering place for innovation and entrepreneurship. Globally bi-directional incubation to science and technology projects, joint laboratories, introduction to the Chinese market for International businesses, and collaborations in funding and investment are just a few of its focus areas.

 

About Spark Centre: Spark Commercialization and Innovation Centre is one of eighteen 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.

 

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For more information:                                                            

Amanda Reynolds

Director of Marketing, Spark Innovation Centre

areynolds@sparkcentre.org

 

Tao (Thomas) Qu

SPOC – Beijing Changping District and Durham Region Friendship Relation & BFSP SPOC for Spark Innovation Centre

thomasqu.ca@gmail.com

 

Centre for Collaborative Education the way students learn, live on campus

Come September 2018, the face and physical footprint of Durham College (DC) will change dramatically.

The Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE), a three-storey facility, will replace the campus’ aging Simcoe building.

A legacy project tied to the college’s 50th anniversary, the CFCE is a $40-million undertaking by the college to advance and grow learning space and facilities at the college’s Oshawa campus.

The Simcoe Building was initially built as a temporary structure in 1969. A number of the building’s classrooms lack updated technology and windows. “The deferred maintenance cost is close to 50 per cent of the replacement costs,” says Linda Flynn, associate vice-president for development and alumni affairs. The Simcoe building will be torn down but a portion of its wall will be preserved and incorporated into the design of CFCE to “protect its legacy,” Flynn adds. Where the Simcoe building stood will become an outdoor student and employee space with lawns, trees and benches.

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Client Profile: Zambah

Zamba

By Nigel D’souza

 

Zambah is the go-to influencer marketing platform that specifically caters to emerging musicians around the world. We seamlessly connect musicians to social media influencers to collaborate on original content that gets shared through various social media channels. This is beneficial on two fronts:

  1. Influencers gain valuable audio content to share with their audience which keeps them re-engaged and coming back for more.
  2. Musicians get the opportunity to have their music featured in front of thousands to millions of new eyes and ears.

 

Our goal is to give independent musicians the tools they need to compete with major label backed artists in a very competitive market. There are tons of musicians who are actively creating quality content but do not have the marketing budget or resources to be featured on radio, award shows or in major films/magazines – that’s where Zambah bridges the gap.

 

We recently launched a major series of campaigns with Mau5trap Records, a label founded by Toronto’s very own Deadmau5. These campaigns gave musicians the opportunity to submit their songs to Mau5trap Records for a chance to be featured on a series of curated playlists which would then be shared to millions of people through Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. The campaigns brought out thousands of artists and listeners to Zambah who then were able to submit songs, subscribe to campaigns and discover some of the best songs they’ve never heard. Our initiative was so successful that major electronic dance music (EDM) blogs like Dancing Astronaut, EDM Sauce & Edm.com covered our story within the first week of each campaign.

 

Over the next few months, we will be working on making the overall experience of Zambah as optimal as possible for both social media influencers and musicians around the world. We are also looking to release a long awaited mobile app which allows our users to experience Zambah on the go. In addition, we will be doing some more major collaboration with some big social media influencers and brands to create new and exciting opportunities for musicians to be discovered and break through in an ever growing industry.

 

In May, we had the opportunity to travel out to New Orleans for the Collision Conference with Sherry Colbourne (President & CEO of Spark Centre) – it was an incredible experience where we gained tons of valuable information, made some amazing connections and really had the chance to see what the potentials are within this digital music marketing industry. On that note, we wanted to thank Spark Centre for always supporting us and helping us through this journey. Without their suite of advisors and mentors, we would not have been able to formulate such a well rounded platform and really penetrate the music market as we have. As we continue to grow, we look forward to working here in Oshawa and developing our future endeavors alongside Spark as we expand our team, features and overall experience of the Zambah platform.

 

 

The Automotive Supplier Competitiveness Improvement Program

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Small and medium sized automotive suppliers, or large companies partnering with small or medium sized automotive suppliers, can apply for up to $100,000 in project funding. Funding must be matched 1:1 by industry cash and contribute to the adoption of industry leading IT. Projects can be up to two years in duration.

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