Client Profile: PPE Checkpoint

SAFETY is what we are all about.  Injuries are PREVENTABLE. 

PPE Checkpoint is a start-up focused on enhancing workplace safety by using technology to prevent Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) related injuries.

Workers often overlook the existing, old fashioned PPE signage posted, and enter worksites without their required PPE/safety equipment which has led to serious injuries in our industry.

PPE Checkpoint provides an interactive and independent self-check method for workers to confirm they have their required PPE prior to the entry of any worksite. Our machines can be positioned at the entrance of any worksite, and provide a highly visible, and hands-on method for verification.

 

Our mission is to enhance worksite SAFETY.

Let’s CONNECT.

www.ppesafetyapp.com

 

 

Spark Centre Announces Global Partnership with Beijing Future Science Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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.

 

 

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.

Spark Centre Ignites Canadian Innovation Partnership with Ontario Power Generation

Spark Innovation Centre and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) are partnering to ignite Canadian innovation with their annual Ignite Start-up Pitch Competition.

“We couldn’t be more encouraged by OPG’s decision to partner with Spark Centre for this year’s Ignite competition,” said Spark Centre President & CEO, Sherry Colbourne. “Durham Region has incredible bench strength in energy technologies and joining forces with one of Durham Region’s legacy energy companies is a pivotal event for this entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

“Innovation is a key pillar of Ontario Power Generation,” said Jason Van Wart OPG’s Vice President Nuclear Inspections and Maintenance. “We are proud to partner with Spark and the Ignite competition to spur innovation across Ontario.”

Ignite is now entering its fifth year and is a pitch competition organized by Spark Centre and supported by several municipalities and businesses across Durham Region.  OPG is looking to collaborate with innovators, entrepreneurs, and businesses to develop next-generation technology in the inspection industry. The winner of this category will collaborate with OPG and receive $25,000 of seed funding to further develop their idea.

The OPG category is looking for innovative ideas in the following areas:

  • Automation and Robotics
  • NDE (Non-Destructive Examination)
  • Drones (UAVs – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)
  • Process Management
  • Software Solutions
  • Underwater Inspections (Diving Operations)
  • Laser Scanning/Mapping
  • Data Visualization

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

About OPG: OPG Generates safe, clean, reliable, low-cost power for Ontario. More than 99 per cent of this power is free of smog and greenhouse gas 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 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.

 

For more information:                                                                     
Amanda Reynolds
Director of Marketing, Spark Innovation Centre
areynolds@sparkcentre.org

Media Relations
Ontario Power Generation
416-592-4008 or 1-877-592-4008
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Client Profile: Qloud+

Hi, it’s nice to meet you!

We’re Qloud+. No, not Q-Loud, we prefer QloudPlus

(or, Cloud Plus), if you please. 

 

About Qloud+
Do you spend lots of time looking for your files?  Us too.  That’s why we created Qloud+.

Connect to as many cloud storage accounts as you want. Choose from the most popular services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive.

#FindYourFilesFaster and spend less time looking and more time finding with easy search tools. Access your recent files, uploads, shares, favorites, all at a glance.

Get More Done  Qloud+ Activities provide you with superhero powers, so you can get more done and get on with it faster, whatever it is (and it’s not looking for files!).

 

What Can You do with Qloud+? Glad you asked!

 

SEARCH FOR FILES & FOLDERS

You can use the powerful Qloud+ Search to #FindYourFilesFaster from all of your connected cloud storage accounts. Spend less time looking and more time finding!

 

ORGANIZE EVERYTHING

You can now effortlessly create groups of files and folders from any connected storage account, even if it was only shared with you.

Awesome, right?  We call this Qloud+ Collections.

 

WORK WITH YOUR FILES

You can now do all kinds of stuff with your files and folders using Qloud+

From day-to-day upload and download, to creating folders, organizing your stuff, and even sharing, you can do it for all of your connected accounts all in Qloud+.

 

ALL OF YOUR FILES IN ONE PLACE

We built some really cool ways to help you #FindYourFilesFaster in Qloud+ and we put a bunch of them together for you in the QlickList.

The QlickList is where you can go to quickly find items from across all of your connected accounts like:

Shares: literally everything you have shared, or that has been shared with you, from all of your connected accounts, in one list (BOOM)

Recent: all the recently modified files attached to your Qloud+ account, even if someone else modified them, and has it shared with you, you’ll find it in your list at a glance

Deleted: a combined recycling bin for all of your connected accounts, anything you have ‘deleted’ but not permanently removed can be found here

Favorites: You can now tag your favorite files and folders and find them in a flash on your Qloud+ Favorites list

Collections: Get to your Qloud+ Collections and carry on with that awesomeness from here as well!

Remember, Q is the new C 🙂 so you can now your files are just a Qlick away!

 

INSIGHTS JUST FOR YOU

When Qloud+ analyzes your connected accounts, we provide you with some cool Insights about what you have. We give you quick and easy ways to #FindYourFilesFaster based on activity, size, type, and even show you how much space you have left. So cool!

Figure 1 – Qloud+ Insights

 

Come join Qloud+ today and #FindYourFilesFaster

www.qloudplus.com

 

 

Simon Foster of Chatter Research joins Spark Centre to kick off Startup Grind Durham Region!

Spark Centre Announces Launch of Startup Grind Durham Region

A Collaboration to support entrepreneurs, innovation and technology

OSHAWA, ON (June 19, 2017) – Spark Centre is pleased to announce the launch of Startup Grind in Durham Region. Startup Grind and Spark Centre will join together to help strengthen entrepreneurial efforts and activities in Durham Region through monthly events that will teach, inspire, and connect local entrepreneurs.

The inaugural Startup Grind Durham Region event will feature guest speaker, Simon Foster, CEO of Chatter Research on Thursday July 6th at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, this month’s Event Partner (http://www.rmg.on.ca).

Simon Foster, is a digital business builder with 15 years management experience at leading digital media companies and has a strong entrepreneurial spirit that supports achieving aggressive business targets. With a deep knowledge base that includes content and product development, he is now the founder and CEO of Chatter Research, a real-time customer feedback company backed by US and Canadian venture capital.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Simon kick off our Startup Grind Durham Region chapter”, said Spark Centre CEO, Sherry Colbourne. “Simon is the personification of the innovative spirit that lives in Durham Region and guests of our inaugural event will be inspired by his journey.”

For more information or to purchase tickets visit: http://bit.ly/2sOhxl2

About Startup Grind: Startup Grind (www.strartupgrind.com) is a global entrepreneurial community made up of 400,000 entrepreneurs in 200 cities and 85 countries around the world. Founded by Derek Anderson in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind educates, inspires and connects entrepreneurs around the globe.

Startup Grind is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs and features successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

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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Download the official press release: here

 

For more information, please contact:

Andrew Kritiotis

Spark Centre

akritiotis@sparkcentre.org

905-432-3999