Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network

Spark Centre is happy to be part of the joint #Durham Region initiative, AVIN (Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network) with partners: UOIT OCE innovation Durham College and ACE Wind Tunnel!

AVIN builds upon Ontario’s position as a globally-leading automotive manufacturing and supply jurisdiction and the large cluster of information and communication technology (ICT) companies operating in the province, allowing Ontario to reinforce its position as a North American leader in transformative automotive technologies, as well as transportation systems and supporting infrastructure.

Learn more here!

Speaker Series with Sherry Colbourne!

At the second instalment of the new Speaker Series, emcee Jason King will get the story behind Sherry Colbourne, President and CEO at Spark Centre.

This event is sponsored by Whitby Economic Development and Motorcity Mitsubishi.

Guest: Sherry Colbourne, President and CEO at Spark Centre
Sherry Colbourne returned to Ontario one year ago on the heels of a four-year entrepreneurial sabbatical in the Middle East. While abroad, she co-founded Startup Oman and witnessed, first hand, the power of diversity in building innovative communities. Sherry advocates for an international approach to the development of Durham Region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. She is a strong believer that entrepreneurism brings diverse cultures and people together, and that the opportunity for Durham Region lies in its roots as an innovative and diverse Region.

The event takes place at The Centennial Building on May 1st, get your ticket here!

Client Profile: CreaLive Design

Client Profile: CreaLive Design

By Spark Centre Client CreaLive Design – Brian Camenzuli

 

Have you ever noticed items in your house become broken simply because one-part needs replacing? If so, 3D printing is the solution for you. Replacement parts and prototypes for almost any application can be designed on 3D modelling software and sent to a 3D printer. The result is a stronger, durable and inexpensive part that works as well as the original and now technology makes it possible to print materials such as metal, wood, clay, plastic, carbon fiber, and even rubber.

 

CreaLive Design is an innovative 3D design company founded on the principles of sustainability, quality and convenience. We create contemporary 3D objects using CAD (Computer-Aided-Design) software tools, developing virtual and physical prototypes. CreaLive Design works with inventors, start-ups, designers, 3D printers and makerspaces to convert preliminary design ideas into; 3D files, virtual assemblies, detailed images, videos and 3D printed creations. CreaLive Design was founded in January 2017 by Brian Camenzuli, who has a passion for working in the 3D world, “The ability to test new products before they are even built makes it possible to iterate and analyze well before constructing physical prototypes. Designing with sustainability in mind means we look at new and creative ways to minimize the environmental impact of products without compromising user experience”. Brian decided to start a Canadian company that builds new products, implementing innovative methods and sustainable design concepts to create, live and design the future. Do you have an invention or product idea but don’t quite know how to get started? We offer convenient, customizable and confidential services to get your project to the next stage and beyond! New clients are encouraged to visit our website and schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation to communicate your specific design needs.  We facilitate the transition from working prototype to finished consumer product through design visualization, full-scale development, testing, and coordinating manufacturing. We also subcontract ad hoc work to deal with project overflow!

 

Please visit our website crealive.ca to learn more about our past projects and our service packages!

Ominous Games goes to PAX East!

2017 Ignite Durham: Student Category winners, Ominous Games headed to Boston for PAX East! PAX East is packed with exhibitors ranging from AAA publishers and developers behind the latest blockbuster games, to the innovative indie teams disrupting the industry.

Ominous Games was busy this past Saturday meeting many new people and making great connections. Guests stopped by to try out their game, Spirit! Where as a poltergeist, you can bring life to the inanimate through possession, gaining new powers and solving physics puzzles to rescue your paranormal cohorts (see video below).

Looking forward to more exciting new things from this great team!

 

 

DASH MD Raises $500,000 to help Hospitals Communicate Aftercare to Patients

When University of Waterloo student Zack Fisch broke his leg found himself in the emergency room, he had an otherwise normal visit — except when it came time to deal with the aftercare at home. After confusion with the nurse’s instructions — given while Fisch was medicated, stressed, and tired — Fisch developed a preventable complication and almost lost his leg.

“The truth is, that was the first real experience as an adult in the healthcare system outside of my doctor’s office, and that really piqued my interest in the space and the inefficiencies. I started speaking to patients that experienced the same range of emotions that I felt when I was going through the healthcare system,” Fisch said.

“We’re in maternity units, surgery units, we’ve gotten interest in mental health, and primary care.”
– Zack Fisch

It was that experience that led Fisch to launch Toronto-based Dash MD, which has just raised a $500,000 funding round to continue growing its platform that helps patients better understand and manage their aftercare. Investors networks participating in the round include GTAN, Niagara Angel Network, Peterborough Regional Angel Network, along with third-party angels including Peter Jennings, one of the co-founders behind VisiCalc.

Dash MD’s platform works along three touchpoints of the patient care journey — patients, hospitals, and healthcare providers. Patients receive an aftercare card from their healthcare provider, which they select as an option on the Dash MD app including the full instructions for their aftercare, and information on follow-up services and products.

Hospitals work with the company to create custom plans and digitize whitepapers, while healthcare providers can provide their contact information that’s shared within relevant areas of the app so patients can discover them.

 

Read more here

Healthy Pets.io slays The Dragons’ Den!

First Canadian video telemedicine service for pets launches with support from Arlene Dickinson

TORONTO, March 29, 2018 /CNW/ – Today Healthy Pets, the only telemedicine service in Canada to offer on-demand video consultations with veterinarians, officially launched and announced $500,000 CAD in seed funding from District Ventures Capital, a VC fund led by Arlene Dickinson. Dickinson will also be joining Healthy Pets as a board member. The announcement followed a Dragons’ Den appearance by Healthy Pets’ Founder and CEO, Emma Harris, who accepted an offer from Dickinson of $125K on an episode airing tonight on CBC but was later settled at $500K. Healthy Pets will use the funding to scale its operations and expand its network of veterinarians, offering services to more pets and pet parents across Ontario and Canada.

“Nearly 63 per cent of Canadian millennials own pets, and as the parent of a pet that has experienced health issues, I understand the stress that comes with trying to recognize when it is or isn’t time to visit the clinic. It’s those first-hand experiences that inspired me to start Healthy Pets,” said Emma Harris, Founder and CEO of Healthy Pets. “Appearing on Dragons’ Den gave me an incredible opportunity to connect more Canadians with vets through telemedicine and I couldn’t be more excited to work with Arlene and the team at District Ventures Capital.”

 

 

Read more here

Eastern Innovation Corridor comes together for First Look – Investor Collision

For Immediate Release
March 21st, 2018

Oshawa, ON – Eastern Innovation Corridor comes together for First Look – Investor Collision

Spark Innovation Centre, in partnership with the Regional Municipality of Durham’s Economic Development and Tourism Dept. and Open People Network (OPN), are hosting their inaugural First Look Investor Collision, focused specifically on the Eastern Ontario Innovation Corridor. This invite-only networking event will provide opportunity for high potential startups, accredited investors and stakeholders of the entrepreneurial community to come together to collaborate with the goal of fostering partnerships, growth and development.

The Eastern Innovation Corridor – spanning from Pickering to Corwall – is a rapidly growing technology and innovation ecosystem that is developing competitive, world class businesses. First Look aims to connect the innovative entrepreneurs located in this corridor with the expertise of accomplished investors from across Ontario.

The Eastern Ontario First Look is modeled after the highly successful First Look event hosted by the Regional Innovation Centre, The City of Mississauga, and Angel One Investor Network. Now in its fourth year, this consortium is producing real results for investors and startup companies, one of which closed $925,000 in seed financing, thanks to the relationships made during First Look.

“We want to improve the connectedness between high-potential startup companies and the robust Angel networks that exist in Ontario. We want to ensure that our regional startups get their share of the more than $66 million dollars of angel investment made in Ontario alone last year,” said Spark Centre CEO, Sherry Colbourne.

 

Clients in attendance include:

  • Neothane, who has developed a magnetic urethane patch, called Magnaseal, which is used to stop and prevent hazardous leaks
  • WeTraq, who has developed a more advanced and versatile tracking device, called Tab, and
  • MeetScribe, who has developed a smart productivity assistant that provides a layer of intelligence during meetings that allows users to collaborate seamlessly with each other using natural language.

 

Kathy Weiss, Director of Economic Development and Tourism, Regional Municipality of Durham is thrilled to be co-hosting such a high-profile event. “Meaningful partnerships are key to economic development prosperity. Both the Federal and Provincial governments emphasize collaboration amongst municipalities in order to build strong clusters, allowing the country and province to remain competitive on the global stage. We are pleased to be working closely with Spark Centre and Open People Network to set the stage for an Eastern Ontario Innovation Corridor,” said Kathy.

 

Participating partners include Venture Lab, Peterborough Innovation Cluster, Startup Durham, Northumberland Community Futures Development Corp., University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Durham College, Quintevation, Startup Bay of Quinte, PEC Innovation Centre, PELA Community Futures Development Corp., Launch Lab and Queen’s University.

 

 

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 Innovation Centre
ksvana@sparkcentre.org

Spark Centre visits DC for Dragons’ Den auditions!

Before stepping into the den, you must audition! Durham College hosted the the hit CBC television show Dragons’ Den on February 28, to hold auditions in the search for Canada’s best new businesses.

 

Invited by FastStart, Spark Centre attended the campus to raise awareness to startups about the great resources available in the Durham Region. With educating future prospects, people left the booth excited to have connected and look forward to working with Spark Centre!

 

Interested in becoming a Spark Centre client? E-mail us at info@sparkcentre.org and see how we can help!

Support WeTraq’s TapGPS Indiegogo Campaign!

WeTraq launches Indiegogo campaign for Tab, the World’s most advance and versatile tracker.

Never worry about losing anything that’s important to you again! Tab supports global tracking, seamlessly swapping between GPS, Wifi, Bluetooth and Cellular tracking to maximize signal precision and extend battery life. Reserve your Tab(s) today and save up to 56% on the estimate retail price!

By backing WeTraq today via Indiegogo you are saving 41% off the estimated retail price. With this perk you’ll get: – One Tab GPS Device – Access to Tab App (Free) – Six Free Months on the Tab Cellular Plan – One Charging Cord. Limited quantities available!

 

Learn more and support WeTraq’s Tab to ensure you never lose track of anything or anyone again! Click HERE for more information