Client Update: IFTech on CBC Dragons’ Den

Michael and Brodie Stanfield, the father and son duo behind Durham Region based startup, IFTech appeared on the recent Family Episode of CBC’s Dragons’ Den on February 15th and walked out with a deal for their ARAIG gaming suit.

IFTech are leading the next generation of immersive gaming. Their first product, ARAIG (As Real As It Gets) is a high-tech, multi-sensory wearable gaming suit. Whether it is for gaming, training, virtual reality, augmented awareness or another market entirely, ARAIG delivers the most cutting-edge technology to its users.

The Stanfield’s explained that the idea for the ARAIG suit came after playing one of their favourite video games. A huge explosion happened in the game, there was so much action on the screen, but the only physical sensation they got was a slight rumble in the controller. It looked exciting, but it didn’t feel exciting. The ARAIG suit makes it feel like you are right there in the game.

It was Dragon Manjit Minhas that saw the potential and offered a $500,000 for a 25% stake in the company, which Michael and Brodie gladly accepted.

“Getting to go and pitch in front of the Dragons’ was a great opportunity and experience,” said Brodie Stanfield “Being able to receive feedback from the Dragons’ alone was a worthwhile and once in a lifetime experience. We could not be more excited about the outcome.”

Those interested in pre-ordering the ARAIG suit can do so at the following link:

Check out the video below for the full televised IFTech pitch to the Dragons’

Prepare For The Den: Pitch Workshop – Feb 24

Getting Your Pitch Ready for the Den


Dragons’ Den auditions are returning to Oshawa on March 1st. Learn from our expert who has helped many startup companies and entrepreneurs successfully appear on Dragons’ Den, Digital Den and other major pitch competitions.

This workshop will be useful for anyone looking for information on how to deliver a better investment pitch. The difference between a great pitch and a poor pitch can change your companies’ future!

We are holding two workshops on February 24th! 12:00pm – 1:30pm and 6:00pm – 7:30pm at Core 21 (21 Simcoe St S, Oshawa)


What You Will Learn:

  • The 8 key components of an investment pitch
  • The difference between pitching to investors and TV producers
  • The importance of content and delivery
  • What questions will the dragons ask
  • How to deal with presentation anxiety
  • How to make it a pitch the dragons will remember

About the Presenter:
Robert J. Weese is an author, speaker, business coach, entrepreneur and advisor at Spark Centre. A former broadcaster turned sales professional Bob has worked with Spark Centre clients to helped them hone their investment pitches. Spark Clients have received funding from major Canadian Pitch Competitions, Angel Investors, launched successful KickStarter campaigns, and appeared on the TV shows Dragons’ Den and Digital Den.

Learn more about the hosts:

Spark Centre


FastStart Durham College

UOIT Brilliant Entrepreneurship

Client Update: NPS releases iOS and Android app!

Download National ProStaff app TODAY!

Spark Centre client, National ProStaff has officially launched their new app!

Available on both iOS and Android, the National ProStaff industry leading app allows users to connect with thousands of anglers. Users can browse over half a million fishing products in the gear section and use the location pages to discover over 50,000 new places to fish. just surpassed over 100,000 users and is currently working with over 1,000 brands.

The NPS team also launched a new referral rewards program within the app, where members can refer friends to earn points that can be used to get free fishing gear!

Download the free app HERE today and help support a Durham Region startup.