Bridging Brazilian and Canadian Technology Ecosystems

 

Spark Centre partnered with international venture building firm, Dream2B, to host six Brazilian companies for a 4-week, intensive soft-landing program at Spark Centre’s office in downtown Oshawa. The program focused on providing these emerging, technology-based companies with the opportunity to learn how to establish a business in Canada. They received in-depth workshops from subject experts on finance, marketing, sales, investment and were provided targeted opportunities to connect with potential customers and Canadian investors.
 

Midway through the program, the companies set out to Toronto to explore the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) World Angel Investment Summit – a flagship event that attracts investors and industry leaders from around the world. This year, NACO partnered with Elevate Toronto, a city-wide tech and innovation festival that brings together 10,000 guests and 300 inspiring speakers. This gave the visiting delegation access to premium content and networking with some of Toronto’s elite Angel Investors.
 

Spark Centre and the founders of Dream2b share a similar passion for creating global entrepreneurship and have partnered to bring this successful program to the Region.
 

Regina Noppe, Co-Founder & CEO of Dream2B Global Acceleration Program, called upon her experience as a Canadian entrepreneur to build the experience for Brazilian startups. “The partnership with Spark Centre has exceeded our expectations in every way. We are delighted with the strong bonds that have been created for the startups in our Acceleration Program. We can’t wait to keep on growing the connections between Brazil and Canada and take them worldwide.”
 

Spark Centre President & CEO, Sherry Colbourne is spearheading globalization and cross-country relationships for Durham Region. “Spark Centre is establishing itself as an international hub poised to accept innovations to the eastern Greater Toronto Area (GTA) through collaboration agreements with international knowledge centres around the globe. To date, we have partners in Beijing, Wuxi, Oman, Dubai, Dublin, Brazil and, of course, the US. We are utilizing these global connections to open international markets to the many successful companies that call Durham Region their home.”
 

Of the six Brazilian companies that completed the 4-week program, 5 of them are actively completing the process of landing and establishing their businesses in Durham Region.
 

Carlos Petry, Co-Founder and CTO of Eventalis (Menvia) – a platform for professional event management that offers a web and mobile solution – is among those companies. “The soft-landing acceleration program provided by Dream2B and Spark Centre was the catalyst for Menvia to set its feet on Canadian soil. We have been part of previous Spark Centre soft-landing initiatives, but it was this program in particular that helped us build the knowledge and confidence to complete this big step in the company’s growth.”
 

Durham Region’s connection to Brazil has been an ongoing initiative of the Regional Municipality of Durham’s Economic Development and Tourism team and this program is solidifying the benefits of undertaking such outreach.
 

Plans for another cohort of companies through Dream2B and Spark Centre’s partnership is set to land in Durham during the Spring of 2019.
 

Ignite Gala

Join us for an evening of networking as we celebrate the announcement of the Ignite 2018 winners. Hear from key players working to make Durham Region the next innovative hub as you network and socialize in the beautiful Abilities Centre Atrium.

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FOOD
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CASH BAR
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PANEL DISCUSSION
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WINNER ANNOUNCEMENTS
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DOOR PRIZES

DRESS CODE: COCKTAIL ATTIRE

 
Doors Open at 5:00 PM
6:00 PM | Program Begins
8:00 PM | Networking
 
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

 
 

Ignite Pitch Competition

Come and watch as the Ignite 2018 applicants from the Spark Centre & Beijing Future Science Park Categories each deliver their 3 minute pitch to our Power Panel of seasoned entrepreneurs and experts.

After presentations are complete, 4 Ignite finalists will be chosen to advance to the next round – the Boardroom Competition!

*Doors open at 4:30pm

*Registration at 5:00pm

*Program Begins at 6:00pm

Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

REGISTER HERE!

Spark Centre and Ontario Power Generation Expand Innovation Categories for Ignite Pitch Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
Spark Centre and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) are joining forces once again to attract innovative talent from across Canada. Now in its sixth year, the Ignite Pitch Competition looks to award upwards of $125,000 of seed funding to successful entrepreneurs.

“Energy solutions will feature strongly in Ontario’s future and Spark Centre is thrilled to be partnering with OPG again this year as we work together to find the nation’s most disruptive energy solutions”, said Sherry Colbourne, CEO and President of Spark Centre. “We couldn’t be happier to be expanding our relationship with OPG and working together to build a strong Durham Region.”

Ignite is organized by Spark Centre and supported by several municipalities and businesses with the ultimate goal of fostering innovation and creating economic growth in Durham Region. OPG is looking to widen their reach for innovative entrepreneurs and collaborators with 3 sector specific categories including:

– Inspection & Reactor Innovation
– Environment
– Refurbishment

“Innovation within OPG Nuclear is vital for our future success. Having attended last year’s competition, I know some innovative ideas are out there and this competition can help us find them” says Ontario Power Generation’s President, Nuclear, Glenn Jager. “Innovation is fast becoming an integral and natural part of our business, and we’re seeing the benefits.”

Each category winner will be awarded $25,000 and the opportunity to collaborate with the respective OPG departments to further develop their idea.

OPG’s VP Inspection & Reactor Innovation, Subo Sinnathamby, stresses the importance of innovation and collaboration. “Innovation is a key focus area for IRI, we are constantly looking for transformational technologies that will continue to promote us as leaders in the inspection and maintenance business. Entering the second year of our partnership with Spark Centre, I’m eager to see the event grow and have a greater impact on OPG.”

Applications for all Ignite categories open Monday, August 27 and close Friday, September 28. Those interested in applying can do so at www.ignitedurham.ca

 
 
About Ontario Power Generation: OPG generates safe, clean, reliable, low-cost power for Ontario. More than 99 per cent of this power is free of smog and carbon emissions. OPG’s power is priced 40 per cent lower than other generators, which helps moderate customer bills. For more information please visit www.opg.com

About Spark Centre: Spark Commercialization and Innovation Centre is one of seventeen not-for-profit Regional Innovation Centres (RICs) that form part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE). The centre works to improve competitiveness and visibility of Durham Region and Northumberland County as a world-class innovation cluster. For more information on Spark Centre, please visit www.sparkcentre.org

 
For more information:
Kristina Svana – Marketing Director, Spark Centre
ksvana@sparkcentre.org

Media Relations – Ontario Power Generation
416-592-4008 or 1-877-592-4008
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Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network

Spark Centre is happy to be part of the joint #Durham Region initiative, AVIN (Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network) with partners: UOIT OCE innovation Durham College and ACE Wind Tunnel!

AVIN builds upon Ontario’s position as a globally-leading automotive manufacturing and supply jurisdiction and the large cluster of information and communication technology (ICT) companies operating in the province, allowing Ontario to reinforce its position as a North American leader in transformative automotive technologies, as well as transportation systems and supporting infrastructure.

Learn more here!

Speaker Series with Sherry Colbourne!

At the second instalment of the new Speaker Series, emcee Jason King will get the story behind Sherry Colbourne, President and CEO at Spark Centre.

This event is sponsored by Whitby Economic Development and Motorcity Mitsubishi.

Guest: Sherry Colbourne, President and CEO at Spark Centre
Sherry Colbourne returned to Ontario one year ago on the heels of a four-year entrepreneurial sabbatical in the Middle East. While abroad, she co-founded Startup Oman and witnessed, first hand, the power of diversity in building innovative communities. Sherry advocates for an international approach to the development of Durham Region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. She is a strong believer that entrepreneurism brings diverse cultures and people together, and that the opportunity for Durham Region lies in its roots as an innovative and diverse Region.

The event takes place at The Centennial Building on May 1st, get your ticket here!

Client Profile: CreaLive Design

Client Profile: CreaLive Design

By Spark Centre Client CreaLive Design – Brian Camenzuli

 

Have you ever noticed items in your house become broken simply because one-part needs replacing? If so, 3D printing is the solution for you. Replacement parts and prototypes for almost any application can be designed on 3D modelling software and sent to a 3D printer. The result is a stronger, durable and inexpensive part that works as well as the original and now technology makes it possible to print materials such as metal, wood, clay, plastic, carbon fiber, and even rubber.

 

CreaLive Design is an innovative 3D design company founded on the principles of sustainability, quality and convenience. We create contemporary 3D objects using CAD (Computer-Aided-Design) software tools, developing virtual and physical prototypes. CreaLive Design works with inventors, start-ups, designers, 3D printers and makerspaces to convert preliminary design ideas into; 3D files, virtual assemblies, detailed images, videos and 3D printed creations. CreaLive Design was founded in January 2017 by Brian Camenzuli, who has a passion for working in the 3D world, “The ability to test new products before they are even built makes it possible to iterate and analyze well before constructing physical prototypes. Designing with sustainability in mind means we look at new and creative ways to minimize the environmental impact of products without compromising user experience”. Brian decided to start a Canadian company that builds new products, implementing innovative methods and sustainable design concepts to create, live and design the future. Do you have an invention or product idea but don’t quite know how to get started? We offer convenient, customizable and confidential services to get your project to the next stage and beyond! New clients are encouraged to visit our website and schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation to communicate your specific design needs.  We facilitate the transition from working prototype to finished consumer product through design visualization, full-scale development, testing, and coordinating manufacturing. We also subcontract ad hoc work to deal with project overflow!

 

Please visit our website crealive.ca to learn more about our past projects and our service packages!