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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

Beijing Future Science Park Sponsors Ignite Scale-Up Category

In celebration of the fifth year anniversary of the Ignite Competition, Spark Innovation Centre is extending their reach to include much sought after global markets with a newly announced partnership with Beijing Future Science Park. Spark Centre traveled to China with the Region of Durham Economic Development delegation in May 2017 and signed a reciprocal agreement with Beijing Future Science Park at that time. The $25,000 Ignite Scale-Up category award will now be exclusively funded by Beijing Future Science Park and will ... Read more

IGNITE 2017 Applications Now Open!

We are pleased to announced that applications are now open for our fifth annual Ignite Competition. Ignite 2017 will be handing out $80,000 to winning entrepreneurs across four categories: • Discovery Category: $25,000 • Scale-up Category: $25,000 • Ontario Power Generation Category: $25,000 • Student Entrepreneur Category: $5,000 The Ignite competition journey includes a pitch school, 60 second pitch competition, three minute pitch competition and 30 minute boardroom competition before a panel of judges chooses the winners. Outside of the prizes for winners, Ignite offers the opportunity for entrepreneurs ... 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
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