Spark Centre StartUp Receives Platinum Environmental Award for Sustainable Practices

EVENTELIS GRANTED PLATINUM GREENTECH PARK CERTIFICATION

SÃO LEOPOLDO, Rio Grande do Sul – 6 March 2019 – Most trade shows and conferences fill pockets with flyers, leaflets, and business cards. Combined with plastic cutlery, excess food, and increased energy usage, events with good intentions can end up generating a good deal of waste.

Recently, Eventelis, a digital event platform incubated at Spark Centre, has taken a few big steps that take aim at the problem of event sustainability.

This year, Eventelis was certified by the Tecnosinos Tech Park as a Platinum GreenTech Park company, the highest possible ranking for companies in the park. Their paperless app was part of this certification, but they promote sustainability in many different aspects of their business.

At the office, the company separates their waste into food, recyclable, and other. By turning off all electronics at the end of the business day, they save tremendously on energy usage. Additionally, Eventelis reduces waste by encouraging employees to use reusable mugs and bottles rather than disposable alternatives, they purchase rechargeable batteries rather than single-use, and they brainstorm with refillable whiteboard markers to reduce PVC waste and plastic waste overall.

Beyond the office, the startup has made efforts to use servers that go easy on the environment too. Amazon Web Services, where Eventelis’ servers are located, announced early last year that they had achieved an impressive 50% renewable energy usage mark for their data centers. Eventelis will continue to work towards transferring all servers to data centers within the AWS network that specifically use only renewable energy sources to further reduce environmental impact.

Eventelis strives for better events for people and planets and sustainability is an essential tenet of that goal. The company connects people to sustainable and smart event solutions through their mobile app and digital services. As members of Microsoft BizSpark, SAP Startup Focus, IBM Global Entrepreneur, Amazon Web Services Activate, and incubated by Spark Centre and Tecnosinos, Eventelis aims to continue working with event companies to build a strong digital presence while reducing their carbon footprint.

To help others find ways to be more sustainable, Eventelis will soon be announcing their Green Event Certification Program that helps event managers and companies to achieve more sustainable events.

 

For more information, please contact Carlos Petry

Spark Centre’s New Office Location

Spark Centre is excited to announce our new office location!

After 6 years inside the beautiful CORE21 co-working facility in Oshawa, Spark Centre has moved its office to 2 Simcoe St. S – just down the street!

Our old office served us well. In 2013, it allowed us to expand our operations, but it wasn’t long before we outgrew the space. We needed to expand!

Our new office is located inside the CIBC building at the corner of King St and Simcoe St. At 9,000 sq ft, we are able to create an even larger ecosystem for collaboration between our clients and partners. This is yet another stepping stone in our regional strategy to drive innovation, investment and job growth in Durham Region.



Spark Centre boasts 9 private offices, an open concept kitchen, a spacious training and event room,
meeting rooms, phone booths, and over 30 private desks.

Please stop by if you’re in the area – we would love to show you around!

Spark Centre
2 Simcoe St S – Suite 300
Oshawa, ON L1H 8C1
 

Stay tuned for more exciting updates!
 

New Look, Same Spark!

Spark Centre is excited to announce we have refreshed our logo!

Our Innovation Centre is on a mission for 2019. We have exciting updates to share. First: our new look!

Our logo was created when Spark Centre launched in 2012. It’s seen us through 2 moves, 1,000 clients and over 600 events. It’s been the face of our Innovation Centre and its steady growth. But, we have matured a lot over the last 7 years. We have a stronger mission and values, an energetic team and a fresh set of ambitious goals that our brand needs to keep up with.

 

 

You’ll notice the slight differences in the new logo. We dropped the swoosh, which we felt was a bit dated, and chose a richer red Pantone. We also did some very subtle adjustments to the kerning of the letters and refined the “S” to make it more prominent.

 
We’re pretty jazzed about the new look! It’s still us, but with a bit more impact.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates!
 

Ignite 2018 Recap

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY!

Another successful Ignite journey in the books! We are still buzzing from the incredible Gala and Winner Announcements! Thank you to everyone who came out to each event and supported our entrepreneurs through the Ignite Pitch Competition.

Let’s recap, shall we?!

Ignite is one of the most exciting, internationally recognized pitch competitions for Canadian technology, innovative or inventive entrepreneurs, lead by Spark Centre, in partnership with Ontario Power Generation and Beijing Future Science Park. Now in its sixth year, the Ignite Pitch Competition awarded $125,000 in seed funding to 5 successful entrepreneurs!

 

The Journey:

Selected applicants attended a Pitch School – a hands on workshop to help craft the perfect pitch, followed by a 3 minute pitch on stage to our Power Panel of seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and business experts.

10 finalists were then selected to deliver an intense, 20 minute boardroom presentation where 5 winners were chosen and announced at our Gala event!

IGNITE 2018 WINNERS:

Spark Centre Category // Swob Inc.
Beijing Future Science Park Category // Intelline Inc.
OPG Inspection & Maintenance Category // SHARC – McMaster University
OPG Refurbishment Category // Taiga Robotics
OPG Environment & Electrification Category // Evercloak

 

Applications for Ignite 2019 will be opening in August.
Make sure you follow us and visit ignitedurham.ca for updates!

Bridging Brazilian and Canadian Technology Ecosystems

 

Spark Centre partnered with international venture building firm, Dream2B, to host six Brazilian companies for a 4-week, intensive soft-landing program at Spark Centre’s office in downtown Oshawa. The program focused on providing these emerging, technology-based companies with the opportunity to learn how to establish a business in Canada. They received in-depth workshops from subject experts on finance, marketing, sales, investment and were provided targeted opportunities to connect with potential customers and Canadian investors.
 

Midway through the program, the companies set out to Toronto to explore the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) World Angel Investment Summit – a flagship event that attracts investors and industry leaders from around the world. This year, NACO partnered with Elevate Toronto, a city-wide tech and innovation festival that brings together 10,000 guests and 300 inspiring speakers. This gave the visiting delegation access to premium content and networking with some of Toronto’s elite Angel Investors.
 

Spark Centre and the founders of Dream2b share a similar passion for creating global entrepreneurship and have partnered to bring this successful program to the Region.
 

Regina Noppe, Co-Founder & CEO of Dream2B Global Acceleration Program, called upon her experience as a Canadian entrepreneur to build the experience for Brazilian startups. “The partnership with Spark Centre has exceeded our expectations in every way. We are delighted with the strong bonds that have been created for the startups in our Acceleration Program. We can’t wait to keep on growing the connections between Brazil and Canada and take them worldwide.”
 

Spark Centre President & CEO, Sherry Colbourne is spearheading globalization and cross-country relationships for Durham Region. “Spark Centre is establishing itself as an international hub poised to accept innovations to the eastern Greater Toronto Area (GTA) through collaboration agreements with international knowledge centres around the globe. To date, we have partners in Beijing, Wuxi, Oman, Dubai, Dublin, Brazil and, of course, the US. We are utilizing these global connections to open international markets to the many successful companies that call Durham Region their home.”
 

Of the six Brazilian companies that completed the 4-week program, 5 of them are actively completing the process of landing and establishing their businesses in Durham Region.
 

Carlos Petry, Co-Founder and CTO of Eventalis (Menvia) – a platform for professional event management that offers a web and mobile solution – is among those companies. “The soft-landing acceleration program provided by Dream2B and Spark Centre was the catalyst for Menvia to set its feet on Canadian soil. We have been part of previous Spark Centre soft-landing initiatives, but it was this program in particular that helped us build the knowledge and confidence to complete this big step in the company’s growth.”
 

Durham Region’s connection to Brazil has been an ongoing initiative of the Regional Municipality of Durham’s Economic Development and Tourism team and this program is solidifying the benefits of undertaking such outreach.
 

Plans for another cohort of companies through Dream2B and Spark Centre’s partnership is set to land in Durham during the Spring of 2019.
 

Ignite Gala

Join us for an evening of networking as we celebrate the announcement of the Ignite 2018 winners. Hear from key players working to make Durham Region the next innovative hub as you network and socialize in the beautiful Abilities Centre Atrium.

// MUSIC
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FOOD
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CASH BAR
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PANEL DISCUSSION
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WINNER ANNOUNCEMENTS
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DOOR PRIZES

DRESS CODE: COCKTAIL ATTIRE

 
Doors Open at 5:00 PM
6:00 PM | Program Begins
8:00 PM | Networking
 
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

 
 

Ignite Pitch Competition

Come and watch as the Ignite 2018 applicants from the Spark Centre & Beijing Future Science Park Categories each deliver their 3 minute pitch to our Power Panel of seasoned entrepreneurs and experts.

After presentations are complete, 4 Ignite finalists will be chosen to advance to the next round – the Boardroom Competition!

*Doors open at 4:30pm

*Registration at 5:00pm

*Program Begins at 6:00pm

Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

REGISTER HERE!

Spark Centre and Ontario Power Generation Expand Innovation Categories for Ignite Pitch Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
Spark Centre and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) are joining forces once again to attract innovative talent from across Canada. Now in its sixth year, the Ignite Pitch Competition looks to award upwards of $125,000 of seed funding to successful entrepreneurs.

“Energy solutions will feature strongly in Ontario’s future and Spark Centre is thrilled to be partnering with OPG again this year as we work together to find the nation’s most disruptive energy solutions”, said Sherry Colbourne, CEO and President of Spark Centre. “We couldn’t be happier to be expanding our relationship with OPG and working together to build a strong Durham Region.”

Ignite is organized by Spark Centre and supported by several municipalities and businesses with the ultimate goal of fostering innovation and creating economic growth in Durham Region. OPG is looking to widen their reach for innovative entrepreneurs and collaborators with 3 sector specific categories including:

– Inspection & Reactor Innovation
– Environment
– Refurbishment

“Innovation within OPG Nuclear is vital for our future success. Having attended last year’s competition, I know some innovative ideas are out there and this competition can help us find them” says Ontario Power Generation’s President, Nuclear, Glenn Jager. “Innovation is fast becoming an integral and natural part of our business, and we’re seeing the benefits.”

Each category winner will be awarded $25,000 and the opportunity to collaborate with the respective OPG departments to further develop their idea.

OPG’s VP Inspection & Reactor Innovation, Subo Sinnathamby, stresses the importance of innovation and collaboration. “Innovation is a key focus area for IRI, we are constantly looking for transformational technologies that will continue to promote us as leaders in the inspection and maintenance business. Entering the second year of our partnership with Spark Centre, I’m eager to see the event grow and have a greater impact on OPG.”

Applications for all Ignite categories open Monday, August 27 and close Friday, September 28. Those interested in applying can do so at www.ignitedurham.ca

 
 
About Ontario Power Generation: OPG generates safe, clean, reliable, low-cost power for Ontario. More than 99 per cent of this power is free of smog and carbon emissions. OPG’s power is priced 40 per cent lower than other generators, which helps moderate customer bills. For more information please visit www.opg.com

About Spark Centre: Spark Commercialization and Innovation Centre is one of seventeen 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

 
For more information:
Kristina Svana – Marketing Director, Spark Centre
ksvana@sparkcentre.org

Media Relations – Ontario Power Generation
416-592-4008 or 1-877-592-4008
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