The right place at the right time

Back in April our client Korechi Innovations Inc. had the great opportunity of having their product showcased live on CityLine TV.
 
Their product RoamIO was presented on the show by Frank Ferragine AKA “Frankie Flowers” who is known for his expertise in gardening and Tracy Moore, the show’s permanent host since 2008. RoamIO is an autonomous robot enabled with artificial intelligence and high-precision spatial awareness to automate the most mundane tasks in turf and farm care with a high degree of reliability.
 
Since being featured on the show, Korechi shared with us that they have been gaining more recognition among their key stakeholders and are finding that people know about their product before they need to explain what RoamIO does.  
 
So, how did Korechi gain an amazing opportunity like this?
 
Well as cliché as it sounds, they were in the right place at the right time. When speaking with, the Founder & CEO of Korechi, Sougata Pahari, he shared with me that the team including their Golf Industry mentor Jim Clark, happened to be demonstrating RoamIO at the Dentonia Park Golf course in Toronto when they bumped into ‘Frankie Flowers’. After spending time discussing what they did, Frankie extended an invitation to feature RoamIO onto CityLine.
 
This was an amazing opportunity for the team and when we asked Sougta what key thing did he take away from the whole experience he said: “Luck favours the prepared, you have to be prepared for every situation so that when opportunities like this come along you are ready”.
 
To see the clip of the team on the show click here.

Spark Centre StartUp Receives Platinum Environmental Award for Sustainable Practices

EVENTELIS GRANTED PLATINUM GREENTECH PARK CERTIFICATION

SÃO LEOPOLDO, Rio Grande do Sul – 6 March 2019 – Most trade shows and conferences fill pockets with flyers, leaflets, and business cards. Combined with plastic cutlery, excess food, and increased energy usage, events with good intentions can end up generating a good deal of waste.

Recently, Eventelis, a digital event platform incubated at Spark Centre, has taken a few big steps that take aim at the problem of event sustainability.

This year, Eventelis was certified by the Tecnosinos Tech Park as a Platinum GreenTech Park company, the highest possible ranking for companies in the park. Their paperless app was part of this certification, but they promote sustainability in many different aspects of their business.

At the office, the company separates their waste into food, recyclable, and other. By turning off all electronics at the end of the business day, they save tremendously on energy usage. Additionally, Eventelis reduces waste by encouraging employees to use reusable mugs and bottles rather than disposable alternatives, they purchase rechargeable batteries rather than single-use, and they brainstorm with refillable whiteboard markers to reduce PVC waste and plastic waste overall.

Beyond the office, the startup has made efforts to use servers that go easy on the environment too. Amazon Web Services, where Eventelis’ servers are located, announced early last year that they had achieved an impressive 50% renewable energy usage mark for their data centers. Eventelis will continue to work towards transferring all servers to data centers within the AWS network that specifically use only renewable energy sources to further reduce environmental impact.

Eventelis strives for better events for people and planets and sustainability is an essential tenet of that goal. The company connects people to sustainable and smart event solutions through their mobile app and digital services. As members of Microsoft BizSpark, SAP Startup Focus, IBM Global Entrepreneur, Amazon Web Services Activate, and incubated by Spark Centre and Tecnosinos, Eventelis aims to continue working with event companies to build a strong digital presence while reducing their carbon footprint.

To help others find ways to be more sustainable, Eventelis will soon be announcing their Green Event Certification Program that helps event managers and companies to achieve more sustainable events.

 

For more information, please contact Carlos Petry

Spark Centre’s New Office Location

Spark Centre is excited to announce our new office location!

After 6 years inside the beautiful CORE21 co-working facility in Oshawa, Spark Centre has moved its office to 2 Simcoe St. S – just down the street!

Our old office served us well. In 2013, it allowed us to expand our operations, but it wasn’t long before we outgrew the space. We needed to expand!

Our new office is located inside the CIBC building at the corner of King St and Simcoe St. At 9,000 sq ft, we are able to create an even larger ecosystem for collaboration between our clients and partners. This is yet another stepping stone in our regional strategy to drive innovation, investment and job growth in Durham Region.



Spark Centre boasts 9 private offices, an open concept kitchen, a spacious training and event room,
meeting rooms, phone booths, and over 30 private desks.

Please stop by if you’re in the area – we would love to show you around!

Spark Centre
2 Simcoe St S – Suite 300
Oshawa, ON L1H 8C1
 

Stay tuned for more exciting updates!
 

New Look, Same Spark!

Spark Centre is excited to announce we have refreshed our logo!

Our Innovation Centre is on a mission for 2019. We have exciting updates to share. First: our new look!

Our logo was created when Spark Centre launched in 2012. It’s seen us through 2 moves, 1,000 clients and over 600 events. It’s been the face of our Innovation Centre and its steady growth. But, we have matured a lot over the last 7 years. We have a stronger mission and values, an energetic team and a fresh set of ambitious goals that our brand needs to keep up with.

 

 

You’ll notice the slight differences in the new logo. We dropped the swoosh, which we felt was a bit dated, and chose a richer red Pantone. We also did some very subtle adjustments to the kerning of the letters and refined the “S” to make it more prominent.

 
We’re pretty jazzed about the new look! It’s still us, but with a bit more impact.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates!
 

Ignite 2018 Recap

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY!

Another successful Ignite journey in the books! We are still buzzing from the incredible Gala and Winner Announcements! Thank you to everyone who came out to each event and supported our entrepreneurs through the Ignite Pitch Competition.

Let’s recap, shall we?!

Ignite is one of the most exciting, internationally recognized pitch competitions for Canadian technology, innovative or inventive entrepreneurs, lead by Spark Centre, in partnership with Ontario Power Generation and Beijing Future Science Park. Now in its sixth year, the Ignite Pitch Competition awarded $125,000 in seed funding to 5 successful entrepreneurs!

 

The Journey:

Selected applicants attended a Pitch School – a hands on workshop to help craft the perfect pitch, followed by a 3 minute pitch on stage to our Power Panel of seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and business experts.

10 finalists were then selected to deliver an intense, 20 minute boardroom presentation where 5 winners were chosen and announced at our Gala event!

IGNITE 2018 WINNERS:

Spark Centre Category // Swob Inc.
Beijing Future Science Park Category // Intelline Inc.
OPG Inspection & Maintenance Category // SHARC – McMaster University
OPG Refurbishment Category // Taiga Robotics
OPG Environment & Electrification Category // Evercloak

 

Applications for Ignite 2019 will be opening in August.
Make sure you follow us and visit ignitedurham.ca for updates!