The Ignite Blog

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

Wayne Conrad – Durham Region's Thomas Edison

With more than 300 patents on record, Wayne Conrad may just be Durham Region's Thomas Edison. He is the Chief Scientist of Omachron Science Inc., in Hampton. Wayne has created and improved technologies in areas such as as water purification, cyclonic particle separation, alternative energy technologies, and advanced turbine engine designs. His inventions have found success as far away as the water treatment system in the space station and as close to home as your Shark vacuum. As part of the Ignite Power ... Read more

Dragon's Den Bruce Croxon joins Ignite Power Panel

With a passion for working with entrepreneurs, Bruce has joined the Ignite Power Panel. "Today I invest in entrepreneurs who I see have the fighting spirit; the type of dedication it takes to go a full 14 rounds." Learn more about Bruce and check out who else is on the Ignite Power Panel. The two Ignite Start-ups will get $25,000 cash award and access to the expertise of the Power Panel. Check out his website at: http://brucecroxon.com/ For the Power Panel bios go to the ... Read more

Spark Centre and Region of Durham Announce Ignite!

New business boot camp has $25,000 cash for entrepreneurs in Durham Region WHITBY, ON November 12, 2012 – Entrepreneurs in Durham Region have until January 11, 2013 to apply for Ignite, a brand-new start-up boot camp that will set two local companies on the path to success. Ignite is presented by Spark Centre, a not-for-profit organization that offers services and support to local entrepreneurs; The Region of Durham; and VentureStart, a program that helps technology entrepreneurs in Southern Ontario. “We are on the hunt ... Read more
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