Client Update: Kai Innovations Inc. named Startup of the Year

Durham Region based Kai Innovations Inc. has won the Air Miles’ Small Business Achievement Award for Start-up of the Year!

Established in 2013, KAI Innovations is a full service Electronic Medical Record (EMR) provider that provides smaller clinics an end to end solution to convert from paper to electronic charts. The service includes infrastructure design and delivery, including cabling of clinics, hardware sales, software sales, support and maintenance. The offering is unique to the market and is regarded as the goal standard of support in the industry.

The team at Kai Innovations is a perfect mix of technology experts and experienced medical industry workers which allows them to not only deliver a top quality product, but also to understand the medical reasons behind each request to maximize efficiency for the physician

Click Here to read more about Kai Innovations Inc being named the Start-up of the Year.

Spark Commercialization and Innovation Centre Announces Partnership with Brock Youth Centre

Spark Commercialization and Innovation Centre today announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Brock Youth Centre. This partnership will be focus on encouraging youth entrepreneurship in Durham Region. Both organizations will work together on cooperative workshops and entrepreneur sessions geared towards high school and post-secondary students. Spark Centre will also leverage Brock Youth Centre’s presence in North Durham for appointments, consultations and client activities.

“This partnership brings together two organizations who are focused on entrepreneurship as a potential career path.” said Dennis Croft, President and CEO of Spark Commercialization and Innovation Centre.

“The Brock Youth Centre is excited to formalize our partnership with Spark Centre and work together to enhance youth entrepreneurship opportunities across Durham Region. Through collaboration and partnerships in the sector, our organization is now stronger and more impactful than we have ever been in the last 14 years and we look forward to many more.” added Jordan Starr, Chair – Board of Directors at Brock Youth Centre

Spark Centre and Brock Youth Centre will collaboratively participate in programs, and their strategic design, that enhances youth entrepreneurship in Durham Region.

About Spark Commercialization and Innovation Centre: Spark 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

About Brock Youth Centre: The Brock Youth Centre is a charitable organization that provides opportunities for youth in the community to aspire, grow and achieve their goals in life. They currently run the BOOST youth entrepreneurship program that takes youth under 30 to assist with their start-up businesses and connect them with other organizations and mentors in the community to turn their passion into employment. For more information on Brock Youth Centre, please visit


Durham Region Launches New Digital Technology Portal


Spark Commercialization & Innovation Centre is pleased to have partnered with The Regional Municipality of Durham, Planning and Economic Development Department, to launch the Durham Innovation and Technology Portal. This integrated online resource is designed to promote Durham Region’s digital technology sector, with a focus on attracting international investors.

“With the digital technology sector evolving at a rapid pace, it’s imperative for Durham Region to remain innovative and provide leading-edge tools for potential investors,” said Kathy Weiss, Director of Economic Development and Tourism. “The portal is a valuable resource that will support local technology companies and also act as an investment attraction tool—encouraging economic growth throughout the region.”

“The technology industry is alive and flourishing in Durham, and I am excited we now have a dedicated site to share our story with residents and business in Durham, as well as globally!” said Dennis Croft, President & CEO, Spark Commercialization & Innovation Centre.

Spark Centre will continue to keep the portal up-to-date with information about upcoming events, job postings, research and development at post-secondary institutions, local support networks, investment opportunities, and the latest news related to technology and innovation in Durham Region.

It will also be used as part of Durham Region’s overall Foreign Investment Attraction Plan, which aims to respond to potential foreign and domestic investors and generate new leads. In fact, the portal project was made possible by a joint-funding initiative from the Region of Durham and Invest Canada-Community Initiatives (ICCI), which provides financial support to communities for their foreign direct investment programs and resources. This funding enables Durham Region to promote its diverse employment base and attract, retain and expand direct investments from foreign markets.

To access the Durham Innovation and Technology Portal, visit

Client Update: National ProStaff

by Dan Miguel, CEO 

nps banner (“NPS”) is a social media website that connects anglers with passionate fishing brand experts. Brands are able to manage, recruit, and highlight all of their brand ambassadors in one place, while consumers gain a great resource to learn about fishing spots, techniques, what to use, and make smarter buying decisions. Over the past 3 years NPS has grown to become the premier fishing website and App for anglers all across Canada and the US.

Since winning the Ignite competition late last year, we’ve been moving full steam ahead with our US expansion plan. The impact of that win has been very significant as our clients have never been so happy to work with us and the prize money we’ve spent is already generating a return on investment. To date we’ve invested half the prize money in US tradeshows, sponsoring Brent Ehrler the best bass fisherman in North America, and social media Ad campaigns.

Spark Centre recently gave us the grand tour of The Loft, where our company will be relocating with the Spark team. It’s going to be awesome to work in such a cool work environment and being around so many other like-minded entrepreneurs like Zambah, a group of really cool guys I’ve gotten to know over the past few months working on an amazing platform for the Indie Music scene.

It’s exciting times for NPS!

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