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Startups pitch their best ideas at OPG Ignite competition

More than 25 startups, small businesses and entrepreneurs travelled from far and wide to the Darlington Energy Complex recently to pitch their best ideas at the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Ignite competition. Contestants presented their innovative ideas to a panel of judges on Nov. 2 for a chance at receiving valuable seed money. Up to $75,000 in total funding is up for grabs in the Ignite pitch competition’s three OPG categories – Environment and Electrification Development, Inspection and Maintenance, and Refurbishment. To ... Read more

BETAKIT: Spark Centre accepting applications for $125,000 Ignite Pitch Competition

For the sixth year in a row, Durham-based Spark Centre, in partnership with Ontario Power Generation (OPG), is accepting applications for its Ignite Pitch Competition, which awards entrepreneurs up to $125,000 in seed funding. The Ignite Pitch Competition’s goal is to foster innovation and support entrepreneurs in the Durham Region. This year, the Ontario Power Generation is looking to expand its reach by supporting three specific sectors, including inspection and reactor innovation, environment, and refurbishment. Spark Centre said the winner in each ... Read more

Spark Centre and Ontario Power Generation Expand Innovation Categories for Ignite Pitch Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Spark Centre and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) are joining forces once again to attract innovative talent from across Canada. Now in its sixth year, the Ignite Pitch Competition looks to award upwards of $125,000 of seed funding to successful entrepreneurs. “Energy solutions will feature strongly in Ontario’s future and Spark Centre is thrilled to be partnering with OPG again this year as we work together to find the nation’s most disruptive energy solutions”, said Sherry Colbourne, CEO and President of ... Read more

Ignite 2017: Event Dates Posted

Event details for Ignite 2017 has now been posted! Visit our events page for more information and to register. Read more

Spark Centre Ignites Canadian Innovation 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 ... Read more

Dash MD and Hexyoo Scientific Announced as the Winners of Ignite 2016

Spark Innovation Centre is pleased to announce Dash MD as the Young Entrepreneur winner and Hexyoo Scientific as the General Entrepreneur winner of the 2016 Ignite competition. Bothcompanieshave taken the top prize of $25,000 each. Dash MD are the creators of a mobile app that helps patients track, manage, and find the care they need once they've left the hospital. Their goal is to provide patients with the tools and resources they need to successfully traverse their road to recovery. Hexyoo Scientific are the ... Read more

Meet the 2016 Student Winner and Final 4!

Spark Centre is very pleased to announce the Student Entrepreneur winner and the Final Four Finalists after an incredible evening at Ignite’s Round 2: Pitch Competition. The Top 25 competitors gave their best three minute pitch in front of the Ignite Power Panel. The Student Entrepreneur winner was chosen and awarded $5,000! After much deliberation, the panel also chose the Final 4 to move on to the Boardroom Competition on November 15th and continue their quest for $25,000. Spark Centre would like to congratulate the winner and finalists!   Student Entrepreneur ... Read more

Introducing the Ignite Top 27 Finalists!

The first round of Ignite pitches are complete and we have our Top 27! Ignite saw 67 incredible innovation, technology or invention based businesses apply. This week, Ignite held three separate competitions for the three categories; Student Entrepreneur, Young Entrepreneur and General Entrepreneur. During the competitions, each participant had only 60 seconds to convince the judges that their startup was viable and investment worthy. Being able to pitch in one minute is not easy, but it shows the need to communicate clearly, ... Read more

Ignite is Back!

We’re very pleased to announce that applications are now open for our fourth annual Ignite Competition. Two start-up companies will be awarded $25,000 to use towards their business. Along with the monetary prize, the two winners will be given free office space in The Loft and will also join Spark Centre’s Thrive Accelerator Program which offers significant advisory and business support services to achieve a faster market entry. Spark Centre continues its strategic focus on youth entrepreneurship and accordingly, Ignite will once again ... Read more

Ignite 2016 Sponsorship Opportunities

In 2015, Ignite entered its third year and 78 Innovative startup companies were put through an even deeper and more rigorous selection process. The process involved three competition categories: Student, Young Entrepreneur and General Entrepreneur. Four months later, IFTech and Sound Options emerged as the winners and each received $25,000 in cash and were inducted into Spark Centre’s Thrive Accelerator Program. Check out the Ignite 2015 journey HERE. Ignite has now become Spark Centre’s most notable public event, bringing awareness to our start-up industry, local entrepreneurship and the ... Read more
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