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

National ProStaff and Tiko3D Announced as Winners of Ignite 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 has grown to become the premier fishing ... Read more

Ignite Student Entrepreneur Winner and Final Five

Spark Innovation Centre is pleased to announce the Ignite Student Entrepreneur Winner as well as the Young Entrepreneur and General Entrepreneur finalists. The Student Entrepreneur award is a new category for Ignite this year which celebrated student entrepreneurs currently attending a post-secondary institute in Durham Region. Congratulations to Turnkey Aquaponics who was selected by the Power Panel as our $5,000 Student Entrepreneur Winner. Turnkey Aquaponics designs, manufactures and installs scalable aquaponics systems for rural and industrial applications. Aquaponics is a system that combines aquaculture ... Read more

The Top 26!

Last week the three Local Ignite Power Panels had the challenging task of whittling down a field of startup competitors from over 65 to 26 through a series of Pitch Competitions. Now in its second year, Spark Centre’s Ignite Startup Competition saw massive engagement in the local entrepreneur community. Focusing this year only on innovative technology or invention based ventures, we accepted over 65 applications – nearly double the number in that category last year! We've separated the applicants by category and held three ... Read more

Introducing the Ignite Power Panel!

We are very pleased to officially announce the Ignite 2014 Power Panel. Our power panelists have volunteered their time to mentor, advise and judge the Ignite Applicants on their business ideas. Made up of successful entrepreneurs, industry professionals and seasoned investors, the Ignite Power Panel is responsible for determining the finalists and the winners of Spark Centre’s Ignite 2014. The 26 finalists will now have a chance to present their three minute pitch to the power panel at Ignite's Central Pitch Competition on October 15th at ... Read more

The Chronicle: Entrepreneurs ready to Ignite Durham

By Sean Sutcliffe Entrepreneurs of Durham are gearing up for the second annual Ignite Durham competition hosted by the Spark Centre. Spark Centre is an innovative company with the vision of creating a ‘thriving entrepreneurial community that embraces technology to compete in the global business world’. Ignite Durham is a competition created to help expand their vision. The event consists of three categories Young, Student and General Entrepreneur. Students have the opportunity to win $5,000 while contestants in the young and general categories can ... Read more

Ignite Is Underway!

Thank you to everyone who applied to be a part of Spark Centre's Ignite Startup Competition. Applications are now closed and we have officially accepted 61 eligible applicants into the program! Ignite begins this week with three Pitch Schools where entrepreneurs will learn how to perfect their pitch. After going through a workshop and receiving feedback from Spark Centre advisors, the entrepreneurs will move onto one of three pitch competitions where they will pitch their idea to an audience including a local power panel, ... Read more

Techvibes: Spark Centre Accepting Applications for Ignite Startup Competition

By Techvibes NewsDesk Spark Innovation Centre, a not-for-profit organization that offers free services and support to local entrepreneurs, is accepting applications to its second annual Ignite Competition. Two startup companies will be chosen to win $25,000 to use towards their business. Last year Ignite saw over 100 companies compete in a rigorous program that involved pitch competitions, a business boot camp and boardroom competition. An expert Power Panel which included former Dragon’s Den star and cofounder of Round 13 Capital, Bruce Croxon and Jason ... Read more

Metroland: A Chance for Durham to Show its Innovative Side

By Bradley Andrews - Metroland A chance for Durham to show its innovative side Ignite competition returns for second year with new focus on technology DURHAM -- Ignite is seeking out the best and brightest of Durham's start-ups, those with new, innovative ideas and the technology to make them work. Ignite is returning for its second year. Put on by the local non-profit Spark Centre and Durham Region, the competition features entrepreneurs making Dragon's Den-style pitches to expert panels for a chance at winning industry ... Read more

Betakit: $55K up for grabs with Spark Centre’s Ignite Startup Competition

By Joseph Czikk — Betakit Oshawa’s non-for-profit Spark Innovation Centre is all set to host its second annual Ignite Competition. It’ll award two winners $25,000 each and will include a new category awarding $5,000 to a post-secondary student. The Spark Centre said this year the Ignite Competition will focus on innovation, technology, invention and advanced process oriented start-ups. “The success of Ignite 2013 was very evident with over 100 competitors and over 2,000 attendees to watch the various competition events,” said executive director Dennis Croft. “This year ... Read more
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