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Ignite 2013 Finale

Join us for a celebration of entrepreneurship in Durham Region         Tuesday, June 25, 5:30pm - 9:00pm Regent Theatre, Oshawa Ticket Prices: includes a FREE book: The 4-Hour Chef by best-selling author Tim Ferriss $45 general / $60 door Sponsor an Ignite Applicant – Show your support of Durham Regions’ entrepreneurial community by purchasing a ticket on behalf of an Ignite applicant or company. All proceeds support innovation and entrepreneurship in Durham Region through Ignite. Spark Centre is a not-for-profit organization that helps innovative companies start, grow and ... Read more

Congratulations to The Final Five!

The road to the final two has begun! On February 4th, the top 30 Ignite companies gave their live pitch. After some serious board room deliberation by the Power Panel, the top five companies were announced. Here are the five finalists: Squabble Studios Ltd. Squabble Studios is a game development studio with a focus on serious games, simulations and training applications. We work with other companies and institutions to develop original games that meet needs across various domains.   The Mobile Experience Company (Mobile X Co.) As ... Read more

The Ignite Top 30

From our huge pool of 102 applicants to Ignite 2013, a fabulous 30 have been selected to move forward to the next phase: Pitch Night on Monday, February 4th. On this exciting night they will pitch live before our Power Panel, with around 200 members of the public, local mayors, and other dignitaries cheering them on. At the end of the night the Power Panel will select five finalists to move on to the next phase: board room presentations. Here are the ... Read more

Pitch School Recap

It feels a little bit like summer camp is over around Spark Centre. Over five cold, dark January nights, 110 local entrepreneurs lit up the multipurpose room at Whitby's Abilities Centre. The Ignite Durham Pitch School took dozens of budding business-owners through a crash-course in proposal writing and pitching, made room for networking and connections, and gave lots of one-on-one mentorship and advice. The sessions were organized by Spark Centre with support from Region of Durham, Metroland, BACD, Spark Angels, and Abilities Centre. This was ... Read more

Pitch Night 2013

Join us for an evening of fun and entrepreneurial spirit at Pitch Night. Monday, February 4, 2013 Abilities Centre, Whitby Free! Everyone welcome. 5:30pm Registration opens. 6:00pm Cocktail reception. 6:30pm Program begins. Thirty of the top Ignite applicants will deliver their pitch to the Power Panel, which includes Bruce Croxon from CBC's Dragon's Den, to explain why they deserve to be one of the two Ignite Start-ups.  The evening will round up with the announcement of five Ignite finalists who will go on to the next phase: boardroom ... Read more

Pitch School in Session at Abilities Centre

Pitch School kicks off tonight! For five evenings over the next two weeks, all Ignite applicants will gather together to hone their verbal pitching skills and learn to write a business summary that will impress our Power Panel–this is the only way to stay in the running to be one of our two Ignite Start-ups and enter our Boot Camp. We're delighted to be holding our classes at Abilities Centre in Whitby.  (Abilities Centre was also host to Spark's Big Bang celebration ... Read more

102 Durham Startups will take part in Ignite

We put out the call, and you answered. A whopping 102 entrepreneurs applied for Ignite by our 5pm deadline on January 11, 2013. The volume exceeded our wildest dreams!  We are thrilled that we could offer a competition that so excited the local business community. The Ignite applicants come from all over Durham: from Beaverton to Ajax, Uxbridge to Orono, with a heavy representation from Whitby and Oshawa. Business ideas are diverse: software ideas, food service companies, technological inventions, even a retail ... Read more

Meet Jeff Quipp

When you Google "Search Engine Optimization" what's the highest ranking result you see? It's Search Engine People, of course, Canada’s largest digital marketing agency that just happens to be located right here in Pickering. Local entrepreneur Jeff Quipp founded the company in 2001 and as CEO, has led Search Engine People to the the PROFIT 200 list of fastest growing companies in Canada for the last four consecutive years. He says he is a big believer in the "The best way ... Read more

Meet Team Ignite

When we say "it takes a village" to create an economic shift in Durham Region, we aren't kidding. We have a huge group of diverse organizations pulling together for Ignite. Recently, the members of Team Ignite met at the Whitby Public Library to catch up on the details (and to don matching jackets!). With much of the work happening in flurries of emails and conference calls, it was nice to sit around the table and see what a big group we'd become. Here's ... Read more

Meet Jason Atkins, from a "Company to Watch"

Looking for solid business advice from someone who has been there, done that? Jason Atkins is the guy to talk to. And if you're one of the Ignite Start-ups, you'll benefit greatly from his experience. An entrepreneur in Whitby, Jason started his first company at age 16 and sold it by age 20.  His current company, 360 Incentives, which has an office near Whitby's Four Corners, was recently recognized with a Companies-to-Watch award by Deloitte. 360 Incentives provides a software-as-a-service platform that enables ... Read more
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