The Ignite Blog

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

Best Networking Event of the Year for Local Entrepreneurs!

Looking for some entrepreneurial inspiration? See why you should start your business here in Durham! Tuesday, June 25 Regent Theatre, Oshawa at 5:00pm Join us at the Ignite Finale 2013 to hear CBC Dragon, Bruce Croxon, and other members of our Power Panel, keynote speaker and international bestseller Tim Ferriss, as well as the start-up Ignite Finalists! You'll start your evening with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the outdoor lounge beside the Regent Theatre at 5:00pm, and follow that with the formal Ignite Finale program. At 7:00pm ... Read more

Attention: Entrepreneurial Students!

Want to be at Ignite Finale 2013 for FREE? Tell us your “why” in 140 characters: Do you dream of starting your own business one day? Then come and check this out. Get inspired while you party for FREE at the Ignite Finale 2013 with CBC Dragon, Bruce Croxon, international bestseller Tim Ferriss, and top local entrepreneurs! The ICE BOX Social Media Lounge is THE place to be with your tech-savvy friends on June 25th. As if a complimentary ticket, drink, local foodie nosh, and ... Read more

Tim Ferriss – Inspiration coming to Durham!

Entrepreneurship: Change Your World & Live Your Ideal Life What do you get when you cross a tango dancer, with top ranked angel investor, with a #1 leadership blog writer, with a human guinea pig, with a professional chef? Well, Tim Ferriss, of course! Fast Company magazine has called him one of the “Most Innovative Business People of 2007”, and “7th most powerful personality on Newsweek’s Digital 100 Power Index for 2012” which is kudos indeed, but even sweeter . . . ... Read more

Don't miss Ignite Finale 2013!

Date: Tuesday, June 25 at 5:00pm onwards Location: Regent Theatre, Oshawa Event management for Ignite 2013 Finale powered by Eventbrite Read more

Congrats! Squabble Studios and Mobile X Co named the 2013 Ignite Start-ups!

  Congratulations to The Mobile Experience Company and Squabble Studios, who are the winners of the Ignite Start-up competition. Spark Centre made the announcement on Friday, March 1, 2013 as part of the monthly RMG Friday event at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa. These two companies will now take part in a customized, four-month boot camp to help accelerate their business. The boot camp will include $25,000 in cash and $25,000 in professional business services such as marketing, legal, and accounting. Although both ... Read more

Pitch Night on TV

Missed Pitch Night? Watch it on Rogers TV See the 30 top companies pitch to the Power Panel, including Bruce Croxon from CBC Dragon's Den. Dates are as follows: March 3 at 9:00pm March 6 at 9:00pm March 7 at 12:00am March 9 at 10:00pm On behalf of Ignite, Spark Centre would like to thank Rogers for supporting the Durham Region's entrepreneurial community! Read more

Join us March 1 as we announce the two start-ups

Join Spark Centre at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery on March 1st for the announcement of the two final Ignite Start-ups! On the first Friday of the month join the RMG in celebrating local talent. The gallery buzzes with live musical performances, interactive art experiences, open gallery spaces, social mingling and more. Suitable for music lovers, youth, families, date nights, and culture-vultures. Free to attend. 7–10pm. Cash Bar. All ages welcome. Fundraising by donation to support RMG Fridays. March 1st event line up - Tunes ... Read more

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
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