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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

IGNITE 2014 is here!

Spark Centre Opens Applications for its Ignite Startup Competition The 2nd annual competition will award two winners $25,000 each and includes a new category awarding $5,000 to a post-secondary student. Spark Innovation Centre, a not-for-profit organization that offers free services and support to local entrepreneurs has begun accepting applications to its second annual Ignite Competition. Two startup companies will be chosen to win $25,000 each to use towards their business. Last year Ignite saw over 100 companies compete in a rigorous program that involved ... Read more

What a Night – Ignite Finale 2013!

On June 25th, we celebrated the growing community of entrepreneurs and cultural leaders in Durham Region at the Ignite Finale. Highlights included hearing the latest successes of our finalists fresh out of start-up bootcamp and a keynote from international bestseller, Tim Ferriss in the Regent Theatre. Afterwards, we partied in Oshawa style with great music, local gourmet nibbles and drinks, breakdancers and participatory art. We even had a Twitter contest -- and made #IgniteDurham the number 2 trending tags across Canada! On ... Read more

Entrepreneurship and Innovation is thriving in Durham Region

Recently, Spark Centre was a part of three momentous events celebrating entrepreneurship and innovation in Durham Region and Northumberland County. We were very proud and honoured to be the Premium sponsor for Metroland’s Breakfast Seminar with Arlene Dickinson. The event took place at Landmark Cinema in Whitby on June 11th and featured Arlene speaking about her journey to success. She shared some very personal stories about how she became an entrepreneur, author and Dragon’s Den star. Local Durham Region entrepreneurs and success stories, ... Read more
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