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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

Ignite 2016 is Coming!

We are very excited to announce that applications for our fourth annual Ignite Startup Competition will be opening in August 2016. 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. Ignite will also include the Student Entrepreneur category, awarding $5,000 to a post-secondary entrepreneur along ... Read more

IFTech and Sound Options Announced as the $25,000 Winners of Ignite

Spark Innovation Centre is pleased to announce IFTech as the Young Entrepreneur winner and Sound Options as the General Entrepreneur winner of the 2015 Ignite competition. Both companies have taken the top prize of $25,000 each. Inventing Future Technology Inc. (“IFTech”) co-founded by son and father duo Brodie Stanfield and Michael Stanfield are innovators in wearable technology, leading the next generation of immersive gaming. Their first product is ARAIG (As Real As It Gets), a high-tech, multi-sensory gaming suit. The ARAIG gaming suit ... Read more

Ignite Student Entrepreneur Winner and Final Five

After an incredible evening at the Ignite Central Pitch Competition, Spark Innovation Centre is very pleased to announce the Student Entrepreneur winner and the Final Five Finalists. 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 Five (two Young Entrepreneur Finalists and three General Entrepreneur Finalists) to move onto the Boardroom Competition on November 17th and ... Read more

Introducing the Ignite 2015 Top 26!

    The first round of Ignite pitches are complete and we have our Top 26! Currently in its third year, Ignite saw 73 incredible innovation, technology or invention based businesses apply. Those eligible had the chance to give their best one minute pitch to a panel of judges made up of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. The judges then had the difficult task of choosing the Top 26 to move onto the next round. Ignite held three separate competitions for the three categories; Student Entrepreneur, Young Entrepreneur ... Read more

Applications for Ignite 2015 are Now Open!

Spark Innovation Centre has announced applications are now open to its third annual Ignite Competition. The organization made the announcement at an Innovation Celebration held in partnership with 360 Incentives and SAP Canada on August 13th in Whitby, Ontario. Two start-up companies will be awarded $25,000 to use towards their business plans.  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 ... Read more

Metroland – Durham’s Ignite competition Names Winners

by Brad Andrews – Metroland After months of work the winners of Durham’s Ignite competition have been announced, only for both startup businesses to predict more work ahead. At the Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards in Whitby held on Nov. 27 startup companies National ProStaff and Tiko3D were announced as the winners of the Ignite innovative competition, each taking home $25,000 prizes. Organized by local non-profit Spark Centre and the Region of Durham, the Ignite competition began in mid-September and featured entrepreneurs in the ... Read more

UOIT Students and Alumni Capture Entrepreneurial Awards in the 2014 Ignite Competition

Three groups of University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) students and graduates are being recognized by Spark Innovation Centre for their innovative ideas and successful creation of new business enterprises in Durham Region. All groups are winners in the 2014 Ignite Competition, a contest designed by Spark Innovation Centre to support young entrepreneurs with the resources they need to accelerate their business plans into startup companies. In the General Entrepreneur category, Ignite presented the $25,000 prize to Tiko 3D, a cutting-edge ... Read more

Yahoo Finance – National ProStaff and Tiko3D Announced as the $25,000 Winners of Ignite Startup Competition

OSHAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec 3, 2014) - Spark Innovation Centre is pleased to announce the Ignite Durham Young Entrepreneur Winner National ProStaff and the General Entrepreneur Winner Tiko 3D, who have taken the top prize of $25,000 each. The announcement was made on Thursday November 27th, 2014 at the Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards in Whitby, Ontario. National ProStaff ("NPS"), the Young Entrepreneur winner, is a social commerce platform which connects consumers with brand experts. Over the past 3 years, NPS ... Read more

Betakit – Ignite Startup Competition Crowns National ProStaff and Tiko3D as $25,000 Winners

by Ian Hardy - Betakit The Spark Innovation Centre, now in its second year, recently announced the Ignite Competition winners. National ProStaff, a social commerce platform that connects consumers with brand experts, took home the Ignite Young Entrepreneur award and $25,000 in prize money. Tiko 3D, which aims to make 3D printers more accessible, also won secured an investment of $25,000, winning the General Entrepreneur award. Spark received over 65 applications, which was almost double the number in that category last year, and both ... Read more
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