Spark Centre Client Update: Durham College Receives $20,000 in OCE Funding to Continue Work with IFTech

The Durham College (DC) Office of Research Services and Innovation (ORSI) today announced that it has received $20,000 in additional funding from Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) to support its ongoing applied research work with IFTech Inventing Future Technology Inc. (IFTech), an Oshawa-based start-up company that specializes in wearable technology related to immersive gaming and virtual world simulation.

Received via OCE’s Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP), which allows eligible companies to gain access to expertise and resources from colleges, universities and research hospitals to support commercialization, innovation, productivity, e-business and research and development, the funding will see DC faculty and student researchers continue their work on IFTech’s multi-sensory stimulation device – As Real As It Gets (ARAIG).

“ORSI, along with the college’s talented faculty and students, is pleased to be able to continue our exciting work with IFTech as we support the ongoing research and development of ARAIG,” said Debbie McKee Demczyk, director, ORSI. “We have made great applied research progress since June – including offering students from our School of Science & Engineering Technology the opportunity to gain hands-on research and work experience – and we look forward to working together to bring ARAIG to market in the coming months.”

The college has been working with IFTech since June when it received an initial $20,000 in funding via an OCE VIP toward the introduction of an applied research project designed to support IFTech’s growth and expansion into the wearable technology marketplace with a focus on bringing ARAIG to a manufacture-ready, commercial product.

“OCE is proud to support IFTech and the incredible work they are doing with Durham College,” said Dr. Tom Corr, president and chief executive officer, OCE. “I had a chance to see their impressive technology up close and personal at our Discovery conference this year and I think it has terrific potential in a variety of applications.”

A wireless gaming suit, ARAIG immerses individuals into the reality of a gaming world by interacting with users to increase their immersion based on situations and/or interactions occurring within a range of media environments. The media environment, activities and interaction taking place in a virtual world translate into tangible sensory stimulations that affect the user’s interaction with the environment, resulting in the user being more aware of the virtual world through his or her heightened sensitivity.

The new funding will allow the college to conduct applied research specific to the creation of the wireless communications protocol of ARAIG – a component critical to the commercialization of the device. Under the project, the college will develop a wireless communication system between ARAIG’s sensors. Once completed, IFTech will own a universal wireless communication protocol that will allow it to use ARAIG for any application in any market appropriate to its sensory technology.

It will also allow IFTech to benefit from skills and expertise provided by the college’s faculty and student researchers including access to technical input, know-how and applied scientific research and development knowledge.

“Innovation is not just about an idea as there are thousands of innovative ideas that do not make it to market,” said Michael Stanfield, founder and co-chief executive offer, IFTech. “Theory, research, applied science, finance, market and business are required pillars to support the success of new innovations and we are very excited to be working with Durham College on this project. The college has proven to be a great fit with IFTech with its high-tech facilities, knowledgeable and experienced project leads and students that are adept at handling our applied research needs. We look forward to a continued working relationship with Durham College as our company grows.”

In addition to its relationship with the college, IFTech has also been working with innovation experts from Spark Centre, an innovation centre in Durham Region, to advance its commercialization plans over the past two years. The organization has provided a wide array of free start-up services including executive coaching, interim executives, strategy, market validation, sales readiness, operation excellence, legal and corporate design and distribution and manufacturing and, along with DC, is helping IFTech reach its commercialization goal.

“IFTech is currently co-located with Spark Centre, which creates a day-to-day, interactive working model that accelerates the start-up curve and commercialization timeline,” said Dennis Croft, executive director, Spark Centre. “IFTech is now poised to make a huge impact on the market with a fully immersive game suit. The sheer thrill of being involved and wearing the prototype suit was incredible and I can’t wait for the near production!”


About Durham College

At Durham College, the student experience comes first. In September 2014, the college welcomed more than 30,000 students to campus including more than 11,000 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students as well as part-time and continuing education students and online learners. The college offers a wide range of market-driven programs in a number of different disciplines including culinary, hospitality, tourism, horticulture, business, information technology, media, art, design, general arts, science, skilled trades, justice, emergency services, health and engineering technology, enabling students to develop the skills required to meet the demands of today’s job market.

A three-phase expansion of the college’s Whitby campus was completed in 2013 when the 36,000-square-foot Centre for Food opened on the northwest corner of campus. Accommodating approximately 900 additional students studying in culinary, hospitality, event management, food science, and agricultural and horticultural programs, the CFF features Bistro ’67, a new, 70-seat, full-service, green-certified teaching-inspired restaurant and Pantry, a retail store featuring fresh-baked items, meals-to-go, preserved foods and ready-to-cook meals created by students in the college’s culinary programs.

For more information, please visit or call 905.721.2000.

About IFTech

IFTech is a high-tech innovator in wearable technology leading the next generation of immersive gaming and virtual world simulation. IFTech’s wearable technology is focused on providing real world simulation applications for the user. IFTech’s product ARAIG, ‘As Real As It Gets’ is a multi-sensory stimulation device, a suit worn by the user that totally immerses them into the reality of their gaming world. It stimulates the senses with localized directional feedback, provides physics to the body, and leaves the mobility of the user unfettered. ARAIG is a product that provides a new level of immersion for its users that is revolutionizing how games and virtual simulations are experienced. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter Join the community as we bring about the most immersive gaming product to ever hit the market space.Located in Oshawa, Ontario, IFTech can be reached at 289.298.2853.

About Spark Centre

As a member of the ONE Network and an official recognized Ontario Regional Innovation Centre (RIC), Spark Centre helps innovative companies Start, Grow and Succeed. The Centre, located just east of Toronto, focuses primarily on Durham Region and Northumberland County, with additional support to Peterborough and Halliburton areas, resulting in a population reach just over 850,000.

About Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc. (OCE)

OCE drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario’s global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario’s industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and government ministries. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research, OCE invests in sectors such as advanced health, information and communications technology, digital media, advanced materials and manufacturing, agri-food, aerospace, transportation, energy, and the environment including water and mining. OCE is a key partner in delivering Ontario’s Innovation Agenda as a member of the province’s Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE). Funded by the Government of Ontario, the ONE is made up of regional and sector-focused organizations and helps Ontario-based entrepreneurs and industry rapidly grow their company and create jobs. For more information visit

Do It In Durham!


Do It In Durham is a series of events taking place in the Region of Durham from November 17-21. Business Advisory Centre of Durham (BACD), along with 22 partners, including Spark Centre, have come together to collaborate and create 30 business focused events for budding entrepreneurs and business interested in growing, networking and leveraging resources.

This is the second year for Do It In Durham – small business is growing here and the entrepreneurial movement is gaining ground with many different programs and services such as Starter Company, Summer Company, Ignite Durham and Start Up Drinks.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of business innovators and job creators who launch startups and run businesses that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators as well as to connect with fellow businesses. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

Millions who had never before considered launching their own ventures soak up advice and inspiration from entrepreneurial experts.

World leaders and local elected officials alike have embraced the campaign as they look to fuel the economic engine of high-growth startups in their own countries and communities. During 2013 alone, 126 heads of state and ministers from 69 countries supported Global Entrepreneurship Week by speaking at activities during the Week, filming statements of support or otherwise endorsing the national campaigns in their countries.

GEW is more than just an awareness campaign. It is a platform for connection and collaboration—engaging all players along the entrepreneurship spectrum in strengthening ecosystems around the world.

To learn more visit our website at

Ignite Student Entrepreneur Winner and Final Five


Photo Credit: Jason Chow Photography

Spark Innovation Centre is pleased to announce the Ignite Student Entrepreneur Winner as well as the Young Entrepreneur and General Entrepreneur finalists.

The Student Entrepreneur award is a new category for Ignite this year which celebrated student entrepreneurs currently attending a post-secondary institute in Durham Region.

Congratulations to Turnkey Aquaponics who was selected by the Power Panel as our $5,000 Student Entrepreneur Winner.

Turnkey Aquaponics designs, manufactures and installs scalable aquaponics systems for rural and industrial applications. Aquaponics is a system that combines aquaculture and hydroponics into a controlled symbiotic self-filtering, closed system. Turnkey uses innovative designs that allow for reduced water and energy consumption and year round growing in any environment.

“We are very excited to be the Ignite 2014 Student Entrepreneur Winners. Moving forward we will use the money to further proto-type our designs.” says Michael Veneziano, Co-Founder of Turnkey. “We will continue to explore the market and make contacts working to develop our business. We are extremely grateful for all the support from Spark and the Durham community for helping us grow.”

“Congratulations to UOIT students Turnkey Aquaponics as well as all of the student entrepreneurs who competed in Ignite.” said Steve Rose, Associate Dean, University of Ontario Institute of Technology: Faculty of Business and IT. “On behalf of UOIT, we are very proud of the bright, young leaders emerging from our institution.”

“Ignite is a great opportunity for student entrepreneurs to network with their peers, business leaders and industry professionals,” says Debbie McKee Demczyk, Director, Office of Research Services and Innovation at Durham College. ”It provides a great opportunity for them to work toward taking their ideas to the next level. Durham College is looking forward to participating next year and seeing more great ideas from the bright minds of our community.”  

Congratulations also go out to the Ignite Final Five selected by the Power Panel to move onto the next phase.

Young Entrepreneur Finalists:

National Prostaff – National ProStaff (“NPS”), located in Ajax, is a social commerce platform for fishing enthusiasts which connects consumers with brand experts. Fishing brands are able to manage, recruit, and highlight all brand ambassadors in one place while consumers gain a great resource to make smarter buying decisions.

Zambah - Zambah is located in Oshawa and is a free music discovery platform dedicated to exposing and growing the reach of independent music across the world. Zambah has evolved into a functional app that is currently available for Android and PC.

General Entrepreneur Finalists:

Blanclink Inc. – The creators of BlancRide, a mobile app that evolves carpooling into the modern age. Using GPS and smartphone technology, BlancRide matches passengers and drivers based on similar routes. Passengers save time, drivers save money and everyone saves the environment. Blanclink is located in Oshawa.

Prometheus Healthcare* – is an Ajax-based consultancy and solutions company. Their goal is to help architect novel approaches to overcome the complex challenges facing healthcare systems today. They believe that the best solutions will make use of emerging technologies to enrich rather than replace the patient-doctor relationship.

Tiko 3D – Tiko 3D an Oshawa-based company has created an affordable and easy to use 3D printer. By continually reducing the cost and complexity of 3D printers, they hope to empower innovators and young entrepreneurs around the world.

The Final Five will participate in the Boardroom Competition on November 13th at the Whitby Council Chambers which will be the last step in their journey to $25,000. The Boardroom Competition will have all five finalists presenting their company for 20 minutes, followed by a 10 minute Q&A with the Power Panel.

After the Boardroom Competition, the Power Panel will head into deliberations where they will choose one Young Entrepreneur and one General Entrepreneur to win $25,000 each. The two winners will be announced at the Durham Region Art of Transition Creative Awards happening on November 27th at Heydenshore Pavilion in Whitby.

*Due to a technical result, GeoSight Inc., an original finalist has been eliminated from the Ignite competition. We are very pleased to have Prometheus Healthcare take the fifth spot as the next placed company chosen by the Ignite Power Panel. Spark Centre looks forward to working with GeoSight in the near future.

Spark Centre Client Update: New Music Discovery App “Zambah” Announces Public Beta

Spark Centre client, Zambah announced that public beta for their new application has begun. No longer, will the general public have to wait for an invitation because they can now instantly create a Zambah account directly from the main website.

The Zambah platform provides independent artists with the most important tools needed to gain valuable exposure to their musical content, as well as leverage their existing fan base for further expansion. Early beta users will have the opportunity to become contributors to a growing independent music community within the platform. Zambah’s objectives during public beta are to utilize early adopters for guidance during development, collect valuable feedback to improve the platform and target specific thought leaders that can help fuel its growth.

“Public beta is an important milestone for Zambah because we’ll finally be able to start the process of building a community of music lovers that value the creative offerings provided by independent artists.” says Kenneth Asafo, CEO of Zambah, “Our main goal is to be a reliable platform that focuses on the basic essentials needed to promote and expose the independent music scene to a wider audience.”

Zambah’s features are unique because of their minimalistic approach to music sharing and discovery. Their platform focuses on the fundamental needs of an independent musician, which are to seamlessly upload musical content that can be easily discovered by a new listener. Zambah chose to start a public beta stripped of the distractive bells and whistles that their competitors may have, because they believe there is much more value in focusing on and enhancing the user’s experience.

Within 3 easy steps, musicians who participate in Zambah’s beta will be to create an account, upload a song, and provide a song with 3 hashtags. After completing these steps, the listener community on Zambah can easily discover and share the song. The app’s “Discover” feature builds on the idea of making the process of finding new music as efficient as possible for the listener. This is accomplished by utilizing artist submitted hashtags based on genres, moods and feelings that are used to create a random playlist of 30 second song snippets. The listener is able to quickly swipe through songs until they find something they like and with a simple tap of a button, songs can be saved in the “Likes” section for access to the full length song.

About Zambah: Zambah is a free music discovery platform dedicated to exposing and growing the reach of independent music across the world. Starting as an idea by three students with a passion for music, Zambah has now evolved into a functional app that is now available for Android and PC. Founded in October 2013, Zambah is headquartered in Oshawa, Ontario. Visit for more information.


For further information:
Kenneth Asafo, CEO and Co-Founder, Zambah

Spark Innovation Centre Partners with Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards


Spark Innovation Centre is pleased to announce their partnership with The Regional Municipality of Durham, Planning and Economic Development and Tourism Division to present the Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards (DATCA) on November 27th at the Heydenshore Pavilion in Whitby.

“We are always pleased to partner with Spark Centre on our events in the Region,” says Kerri King, Tourism Manager for Region of Durham.  “It is the perfect fit as both DATCA and Spark Centre work to support a strong creative economy and promote Durham Region’s innovative culture.”

The partnership has brought forth a new category for 2014 – The Lifetime Innovator.  This new award is given to a respected leader in the world of technology and innovation in Durham Region.  This individual has shown success in business, has given significant contributions and has inspired innovation in their community.

“We are honoured to be able to partner to present The Lifetime Innovator Award this year,” says Dennis Croft, Executive Director of Spark Centre.  “Spark Centre works with several innovative business leaders and look to them as our champions and inspiration for innovation in Durham. What a great opportunity to share their stories with the rest of the community.”

The Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards on November 27th will also be where Spark Centre’s 2014 Ignite winners will be announced.  The Ignite competition has been an ongoing program which saw over 60 startup companies pitch their business idea in a series of competitions.  One Young Entrepreneur winner and one General Entrepreneur winner will be awarded $25,000 each to use towards their business.  For more information on the Ignite competition, visit

Nominations are open until 4:00pm on October 31.  To submit a nomination, visit the Creative Awards section at

For information on the DATCA awards program, eligibility criteria, nominations and the judging process, visit

Spark Centre’s Ignite is Heating Up!


Thank you to everyone who applied to be a part of Spark Centre’s Ignite Startup Competition. Applications are now closed and we have officially accepted 61 eligible applicants into the program!

Ignite begins this week with three Pitch Schools where entrepreneurs will learn how to perfect their pitch. After going through a workshop and receiving feedback from Spark Centre advisors, the entrepreneurs will move onto one of three pitch competitions where they will pitch their idea to an audience including a local power panel, who will choose who moves onto the next round.

Our local pitch competitions are open to the public, but seating is limited so get there early! The three pitch competitions will split up Ignite’s three different categories competing; Young EntrepreneurStudent Entrepreneur and General Entrepreneur. Details of the pitch competitions are listed below.

Whitby Pitch Competition – Young Entrepreneurs (18-29)
Monday September 29th 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Whitby Courthouse Theatre
416 Centre St S. Whitby

Oshawa Pitch Competition – Post-secondary Student Entrepreneurs (18+)
Tuesday September 30th 6:00pm – 8:30pm
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
61 Charles St. Oshawa

Ajax Pitch Competition – General Entrepreneurs (18+)
Wednesday October 1st 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Ajax Town Hall: Council Chambers
65 Harwood Ave S. Ajax

We are also pleased to announce our local power panels. Click on the links below to learn more information.
Whitby Power Panel
Oshawa Power Panel
Ajax Power Panel

For more information on Ignite, please visit

Spark Centre’s Ignite Competition Featured on Techvibes


By Techvibes NewsDesk

Spark Innovation Centre, a not-for-profit organization that offers free services and support to local entrepreneurs, is accepting applications to its second annual Ignite Competition.

Two startup companies will be chosen to win $25,000 to use towards their business.

Last year Ignite saw over 100 companies compete in a rigorous program that involved pitch competitions, a business boot camp and boardroom competition. An expert Power Panel which included former Dragon’s Den star and cofounder of Round 13 Capital, Bruce Croxon and Jason Atkins, President and CEO of 360 Incentives helped choose the five finalists and ultimately the two Ignite winners, Squabble Studios and MobileXCo.

In 2014, Ignite will focus on innovation, technology, invention and advanced process oriented startups.

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Spark Centre Opens Applications for its Ignite Startup Competition


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Spark Innovation Centre, a not-for-profit organization that offers free services and support to local entrepreneurs has begun accepting applications to its second annual Ignite Competition. Two startup companies will be chosen to win $25,000 to use towards their business.

Last year Ignite saw over 100 companies compete in a rigorous program that involved pitch competitions, a business boot camp and boardroom competition. An expert Power Panel which included former Dragon’s Den star and co-founder of Round 13 Capital, Bruce Croxon and Jason Atkins, President and CEO of 360 Incentives helped choose the five finalists and ultimately the two Ignite winners, Squabble Studios and MobileXCo. Matthew Stephan, CEO of Squabble Studios spoke about the importance of the program; “Ignite is an amazing opportunity for any entrepreneur. It teaches great new skills and helps businesses build meaningful connections.

In 2014, Ignite will focus on innovation, technology, invention and advanced process oriented start-ups. “The success of Ignite 2013 was very evident with over 100 competitors and over 2,000 attendees to watch the various competition events,” said Dennis Croft, Executive Director, Spark Centre. “This year Spark continues to enhance Ignite, bringing in the specific Spark Centre mandate of focusing on technology, invention and advanced process creation oriented companies.”

Local pitch competitions will take place in several cities around Durham Region to broaden our search for high potential startups, and the competition will once again have an expert Power Panel to help with the selection process. Ignite 2014 will also be highlighting new categories which support young entrepreneurs including a special prize of $5,000 to a student currently enrolled in a post-secondary institute in Durham Region.

Startups located anywhere within Canada are eligible to apply, but winners must establish their business within Spark Centre offices in Durham Region. The winners will work closely with the Spark Centre team and have access to Spark’s network of mentors and advisors who will help to accelerate their business.

Applications are available online and must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on September 12, 2014. Please visit for more information on the application process, eligibility criteria, and important dates.

About Spark Centre: Spark Innovation Centre is one of fourteen 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

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Amanda Reynolds
Public Relations and Media Manager
905-432-3999 x 122

Spark Centre launches “The Vault”

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Spark Centre launches “The Vault”

Whitby’s Centennial Building is the location for Spark Centre’s Incubator Accelerator Program

Whitby, ON (August 12, 2014) — Spark Innovation Centre is pleased to announce that in partnership with the Town of Whitby they have established an Incubator Program located in the Centennial Building at 416 Centre Street South.

The incubator space will foster cross learning and collaboration for entrepreneurs and startups. Activities will include strategic planning, product design and brainstorming, executive coaching, confidential business discussions, executive team meetings, legal activities, presentations and pitch preparation. Clients will receive training, business assistance and access to funding to support all aspects of innovative technology or invention. The focus of “The Vault” is to expedite business commercialization for local startups.

Spark Centre’s Executive Director, Dennis Croft, spoke about the new location; “Spark Centre is honoured to have presence within the prestigious and historic Centennial Building. The Vault will inspire young entrepreneurs to pioneer new technology and bring ideas to life.” Town of Whitby Mayor Pat Perkins says “We welcome the Regional Innovation Centre in Whitby. It is a great opportunity for local entrepreneurs to work with Spark Centre’s executive team to help grow their businesses.”

About Whitby’s Centennial Building:  Built in 1854, Whitby’s Centennial Building is one of Ontario’s finest designated heritage structures.  The Centennial Building began as the Ontario County Courthouse, and served from 1854 to 1964 as a trial court and a meeting place for County Council. In 1967, a local Centennial project turned the building into a community centre. The courthouse is currently the Whitby Courthouse Theatre and includes a banquet facility, local archives, and is used by community organizations.

About Spark Centre: Spark Innovation Centre is one of fourteen 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. Spark Centre envisions a thriving entrepreneurial community that embraces innovation and technology to compete in the global business world. For more information on Spark Centre, please visit

Media Contact:  
Amanda Reynolds
Public Relations and Media Manager
905-432-3999 x 122

Linkitz Wins $100,000 at 2014 N100 Startup Competition

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The time has come for the maker movement. The time has come for the re-shoring of manufacturing in North America. The time has come for a shift in venture capital investment to hardware. And the time has come to close the technology gender gap. At the intersection of these multiple transformations is the winner of the 2014 N100 Startup Competition: Linkitz.

“Wearables are the new black, and kids want their own. Linkitz makes smart and modular wearable toys that blink and buzz and will help kids learn programming too,” explains Andrew Macrae, CTO of Linkitz.

“Girls are big on accessories and Linkitz will give them a chance to get programming chops as they make toys their own,” says Lyssa Neel, CEO of Linkitz and a MIT PhD who co-founded two other companies. “Making technology playful at an early age can go a long way,” she adds.

By winning N100, Co-Founders Neel and Macrae have secured a $100,000 early-stage investment from Northumberland CFDC to finalize, test and market their product. “Linkitz is already working with the prototyping and engineering team at a local Cobourg manufacturer,” said George Harvey, Chairman of the business development corporation that runs N100. “They will be establishing their headquarters and operations here in Northumberland where they will be able to leverage local innovation infrastructure and value-added partnerships.”

“A social toy and fashion item can motivate kids to learn more about technology. Building this type of confidence can help kids get comfortable with technology and grow from mere consumers to active creators,” Neel said.

“Through innovation, Lyssa Neel is creating a pathway of possibilities for a generation of young women,” said Wendy Curtis, Executive Director of Northumberland CFDC. “And we are putting the spotlight on an impressive entrepreneur who is helping to close the gender gap for women in tech.”

“Having the support of investors who share our vision will help us put Linkitz into kids’ hands much faster,” says Linkitz CEO Lyssa Neel.

This year, Linkitz won out over forty-one other startups from Canada, the USA and around the world. The next call for applications for the annual N100 Startup Competition will go out again in January, 2015 with a registration deadline in March.

About Linkitz

Linkitz is a wearable electronic toy that allows kids to have fun while easily learning to program. A Canadian hardware startup led by Co-Founder and CEO Lyssa Neel, Linkitz is the winner of the 2014 N100 Startup Competition and was recently accepted into the 2014 HAXLR8R Fall cohort. Follow Linkitz on Twitter @Link_itz.

About the N100 Startup Competition

N100 is an annual startup competition led by Northumberland CFDC in partnership with Spark Centre and a high-level Power Panel including David Pamenter, Business Law Partner atGowling Lafleur Henderson LLP and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). Startups compete for $100,000 in early-stage investment capital through a series of three Rounds: the Pitch, Business Planning and Negotiation. The winner of the inaugural year of the competition in 2013 was Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation (UCIC) who went on from their win to launch an expansive beta program for their ubiquitous computing device (dubbed the “Ubi”) and to secure a $635,000 angel round led by Maple Leaf Angels.

Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation (Northumberland CFDC) is a business development corporation dedicated to providing financing and strategy for entrepreneurs. A member of the Canada’s Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) Northumberland CFDC receives core operational funding from FedDev Ontario.

Spark Centre is one of fourteen not-for-profit Regional Innovation Centres (RICs) that form part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE). The RIC works to improve competitiveness and visibility of Northumberland and Durham as a world-class innovation cluster.


John Hayden – Manager, Enterprise Programs
Northumberland CFDC
600 William St. Suite 600
Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
K9A 3A5
Ph: 905-372-8315 x224