Spark Centre’s New Office Location

Spark Centre is excited to announce our new office location!

After 6 years inside the beautiful CORE21 co-working facility in Oshawa, Spark Centre has moved its office to 2 Simcoe St. S – just down the street!

Our old office served us well. In 2013, it allowed us to expand our operations, but it wasn’t long before we outgrew the space. We needed to expand!

Our new office is located inside the CIBC building at the corner of King St and Simcoe St. At 9,000 sq ft, we are able to create an even larger ecosystem for collaboration between our clients and partners. This is yet another stepping stone in our regional strategy to drive innovation, investment and job growth in Durham Region.



Spark Centre boasts 9 private offices, an open concept kitchen, a spacious training and event room,
meeting rooms, phone booths, and over 30 private desks.

Please stop by if you’re in the area – we would love to show you around!

Spark Centre
2 Simcoe St S – Suite 300
Oshawa, ON L1H 8C1
 

Stay tuned for more exciting updates!
 

New Look, Same Spark!

Spark Centre is excited to announce we have refreshed our logo!

Our Innovation Centre is on a mission for 2019. We have exciting updates to share. First: our new look!

Our logo was created when Spark Centre launched in 2012. It’s seen us through 2 moves, 1,000 clients and over 600 events. It’s been the face of our Innovation Centre and its steady growth. But, we have matured a lot over the last 7 years. We have a stronger mission and values, an energetic team and a fresh set of ambitious goals that our brand needs to keep up with.

 

 

You’ll notice the slight differences in the new logo. We dropped the swoosh, which we felt was a bit dated, and chose a richer red Pantone. We also did some very subtle adjustments to the kerning of the letters and refined the “S” to make it more prominent.

 
We’re pretty jazzed about the new look! It’s still us, but with a bit more impact.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates!
 

Ignite 2018 Recap

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY!

Another successful Ignite journey in the books! We are still buzzing from the incredible Gala and Winner Announcements! Thank you to everyone who came out to each event and supported our entrepreneurs through the Ignite Pitch Competition.

Let’s recap, shall we?!

Ignite is one of the most exciting, internationally recognized pitch competitions for Canadian technology, innovative or inventive entrepreneurs, lead by Spark Centre, in partnership with Ontario Power Generation and Beijing Future Science Park. Now in its sixth year, the Ignite Pitch Competition awarded $125,000 in seed funding to 5 successful entrepreneurs!

 

The Journey:

Selected applicants attended a Pitch School – a hands on workshop to help craft the perfect pitch, followed by a 3 minute pitch on stage to our Power Panel of seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and business experts.

10 finalists were then selected to deliver an intense, 20 minute boardroom presentation where 5 winners were chosen and announced at our Gala event!

IGNITE 2018 WINNERS:

Spark Centre Category // Swob Inc.
Beijing Future Science Park Category // Intelline Inc.
OPG Inspection & Maintenance Category // SHARC – McMaster University
OPG Refurbishment Category // Taiga Robotics
OPG Environment & Electrification Category // Evercloak

 

Applications for Ignite 2019 will be opening in August.
Make sure you follow us and visit ignitedurham.ca for updates!

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
Follow us @opg

 

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!