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!

Ominous Games goes to PAX East!

2017 Ignite Durham: Student Category winners, Ominous Games headed to Boston for PAX East! PAX East is packed with exhibitors ranging from AAA publishers and developers behind the latest blockbuster games, to the innovative indie teams disrupting the industry.

Ominous Games was busy this past Saturday meeting many new people and making great connections. Guests stopped by to try out their game, Spirit! Where as a poltergeist, you can bring life to the inanimate through possession, gaining new powers and solving physics puzzles to rescue your paranormal cohorts (see video below).

Looking forward to more exciting new things from this great team!

 

 

Healthy Pets.io slays The Dragons’ Den!

First Canadian video telemedicine service for pets launches with support from Arlene Dickinson

TORONTO, March 29, 2018 /CNW/ – Today Healthy Pets, the only telemedicine service in Canada to offer on-demand video consultations with veterinarians, officially launched and announced $500,000 CAD in seed funding from District Ventures Capital, a VC fund led by Arlene Dickinson. Dickinson will also be joining Healthy Pets as a board member. The announcement followed a Dragons’ Den appearance by Healthy Pets’ Founder and CEO, Emma Harris, who accepted an offer from Dickinson of $125K on an episode airing tonight on CBC but was later settled at $500K. Healthy Pets will use the funding to scale its operations and expand its network of veterinarians, offering services to more pets and pet parents across Ontario and Canada.

“Nearly 63 per cent of Canadian millennials own pets, and as the parent of a pet that has experienced health issues, I understand the stress that comes with trying to recognize when it is or isn’t time to visit the clinic. It’s those first-hand experiences that inspired me to start Healthy Pets,” said Emma Harris, Founder and CEO of Healthy Pets. “Appearing on Dragons’ Den gave me an incredible opportunity to connect more Canadians with vets through telemedicine and I couldn’t be more excited to work with Arlene and the team at District Ventures Capital.”

 

 

Read more here

Spark Centre visits DC for Dragons’ Den auditions!

Before stepping into the den, you must audition! Durham College hosted the the hit CBC television show Dragons’ Den on February 28, to hold auditions in the search for Canada’s best new businesses.

 

Invited by FastStart, Spark Centre attended the campus to raise awareness to startups about the great resources available in the Durham Region. With educating future prospects, people left the booth excited to have connected and look forward to working with Spark Centre!

 

Interested in becoming a Spark Centre client? E-mail us at info@sparkcentre.org and see how we can help!

Support WeTraq’s TapGPS Indiegogo Campaign!

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Client Profile: Mentally Charged

Article by: Coach Corey Lucas of Mentally Charged

 

Beyond Talent:

Athletes Must Win the Mental Game Too

 

School is back in full swing, and feelings of excitement and promise are replaced by stress, anxiety, and pressure for many students.  Kids and their parents are bombarded with long to-do lists, deadlines, and full schedules.

Hockey players carry an enormous weight on their shoulders.  They receive conflicting messages on hydration, proper nutrition, and physical health, but they completely overlook the importance of their mental well-being.  It is something coaches and performers talk about, but focus little time towards.

We all know that depression and anxiety are on the rise, so we need to make the mental health of our athletes a top priority.  So, what’s the solution?

 

Introducing MENTALLY CHARGED:

 

Mentally Charged is an online mental training program that builds the mental toughness of hockey players at all levels, from the grassroots to the pros.  Our mobile-friendly, easy-to-use FREE mental training membership provides players with timely content such as blogs, videos, and podcasts that align with the hockey season.  Mentally Charged aims to increase confidence and focus while providing the tools to cope with stress and anxiety.  Our lessons train the brain, just as exercise strengthens the body.

 

Mentally Charged offers three membership tiers (one of which is FREE) so that parents, coaches, and players can learn online, anytime, anywhere.  Combine this with a group of strong individual athletes and you have a winning team.  Better players mean better team results.

 

The Mentally Charged Way:

 

Each video, podcast and article tackles an issue players universally share at some point in their career.  Coach Corey shares anecdotes from his professional hockey career and applies sports psychology and neuroscience principles to equip you with strategies to overcome roadblocks.

Traditionally, sports psychology was reserved for professional athletes, as it was formal and costly, but with the memberships that MC offers, members can login and gain access to their tailor-made content each and every day.

 

COACH COREY:

 

Mentally Charged was born out of a desire by the company’s founder, Corey Lucas, to combine a love of hockey with a passion of sports psychology.  As a former professional hockey player, certified mental strength coach, teacher, and coach of over 10 years, Corey is acutely aware and concerned with the mental aspect of the game of hockey. After experiencing first-hand the stress, pressure, and anxiety that’s involved in the game, Corey decided that he could help others by sharing his knowledge and expertise.  Through the use of technology, Corey continues to develop and provide the techniques that hockey players need to overcome the pressure, stress and anxiety that are involved both on and off the ice.

 

Sign Up For FREE:

 

With more pressure than ever in hockey, MC’s goal is to ensure that hockey players have the resources needed to become confident and resilient individuals.

 

Give your mental game the attention it deserves. What are you waiting for?

 

Sign up for FREE:  www.MentallyCharged.com

 

Coach Corey

info@MentallyCharged.com

www.MentallyCharged.com

 

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