Spark Centre Announces New Corporate Partnerships

Spark Innovation Centre is pleased to announce it has entered into three strategic industry partnerships, under its recently announced corporate partnership program.

The organization is thrilled that BDO Canada, the fifth largest accountancy network in the world and SoftLayer, an IBM Company that provides cloud infrastructure have both become Innovation Champion partners.  Both organizations show strong national corporate responsibility to the start-up and early start venture industry.

Spark Centre is also excited that 360incentives as they become a Regional Champion partner.  While 360 Incentives and Spark Centre have worked closely together for 3 years, the partnership continues to grow and strengthen in many facets.

Solidifying enterprise level industry partnerships is a critical strategic element for Spark Centre’s ongoing success. These industry partners understand the importance of aligning with regional innovation centres and start-up ecosystems. This is a key long-term economic driver for Spark Centre, our municipalities, our province and our nation.

“BDO is extremely excited to be partnering with Spark Centre,” said Brion Hendry, Partner at BDO Canada. “The contribution that Spark Centre and its team have made to the growth of the start-up ecosystem within Durham Region and surrounding areas has been instrumental. We are proud to be part of the team and look forward to the continued growth together.”

“SoftLayer continues to strengthen its roots within the start-up community. With our commitment to Canadian cloud computing, including investments in Toronto and Montreal data centers, SoftLayer is investing in technology in Canada to continue to plant the seeds for future technology growth,” said Qasim Virjee, Community Manager at SoftLayer Catalyst Canada. “The SoftLayer Catalyst start-up program is an integral part of more than 100 major start-up communities worldwide and is proud to see Durham Region as part of the team.”

“Spark Centre is humbled by the quality of industry partners coming on board,” said Dennis Croft, President & CEO of Spark Centre. “With these partners you can feel their passion, sincerity and genuine desire to help our clients compete and thrive in this innovation economy.”

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