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Metroland – Durham’s Ignite competition Names Winners

by Brad Andrews – Metroland After months of work the winners of Durham’s Ignite competition have been announced, only for both startup businesses to predict more work ahead. At the Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards in Whitby held on Nov. 27 startup companies National ProStaff and Tiko3D were announced as the winners of the Ignite innovative competition, each taking home $25,000 prizes. Organized by local non-profit Spark Centre and the Region of Durham, the Ignite competition began in mid-September and featured entrepreneurs in the ... Read more

UOIT Students and Alumni Capture Entrepreneurial Awards in the 2014 Ignite Competition

Three groups of University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) students and graduates are being recognized by Spark Innovation Centre for their innovative ideas and successful creation of new business enterprises in Durham Region. All groups are winners in the 2014 Ignite Competition, a contest designed by Spark Innovation Centre to support young entrepreneurs with the resources they need to accelerate their business plans into startup companies. In the General Entrepreneur category, Ignite presented the $25,000 prize to Tiko 3D, a cutting-edge ... Read more

Yahoo Finance – National ProStaff and Tiko3D Announced as the $25,000 Winners of Ignite Startup Competition

OSHAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec 3, 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 ... Read more

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

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 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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