About Spark Centre

Spark Centre was set up in 2010 as one of many Regional Innovation Centre (RIC) across the province. Alongside the other RICs across Ontario, we provide resources and on the ground commercialization and services to innovative and technology-based entrepreneurs and businesses.

We serve technology and innovation entrepreneurs who require knowledge and support to launch, develop and grow. In order to be a client at the Spark Centre your business needs to be under five years incorporated, and you must be making less than 1 million dollars annually in revenue.  Your product or service must be innovative; it must be creating something new or improving an existing product or service. It must also have some level of technology; such as breakthrough research, ICT devices, or products or services based on the internet.

Our Mission

Spark Centre serves technology and innovation entrepreneurs who require knowledge and support to launch, develop and grow. We are dedicated to economic growth and sustainability in Durham Region and Northumberland County. Through collaboration with funders and stakeholders we are building a world-class innovation centre.

Our Vision

Spark Centre will support Durham Region and Northumberland County to become a globally recognized technology and innovation ecosystem developing competitive, world-class businesses.

At Spark Centre, we recognize three levels of responsibility:

Regional

Primarily, we work to improve Durham Region and Northumberland County’s competitiveness and visibility as a world-class innovation cluster. We elevate the key industry sectors including Energy, Health, Manufacturing, Digital Media, Agritech, Health Tech, Advanced Manufacturing, Clean Tech, Information Tech, Incubation and High Tech

Provincial

As a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, Spark Centre functions 1 of Ontario’s 17 Regional innovation centres. We work closely with many organizations such as Ministry of Research and Innovation, MaRS, Ontario Centres of Excellence, Durham College, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Trent University and Fleming College.

National

Spark Centre celebrates our Federal Governments’ strategy to make Canada a world leader in innovation. We work closely with the National Research Council and Federal Economic Development Agency.

Our Values