Spark Innovation Centre Partners with Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards


Spark Innovation Centre is pleased to announce their partnership with The Regional Municipality of Durham, Planning and Economic Development and Tourism Division to present the Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards (DATCA) on November 27th at the Heydenshore Pavilion in Whitby.

“We are always pleased to partner with Spark Centre on our events in the Region,” says Kerri King, Tourism Manager for Region of Durham.  “It is the perfect fit as both DATCA and Spark Centre work to support a strong creative economy and promote Durham Region’s innovative culture.”

The partnership has brought forth a new category for 2014 – The Lifetime Innovator.  This new award is given to a respected leader in the world of technology and innovation in Durham Region.  This individual has shown success in business, has given significant contributions and has inspired innovation in their community.

“We are honoured to be able to partner to present The Lifetime Innovator Award this year,” says Dennis Croft, Executive Director of Spark Centre.  “Spark Centre works with several innovative business leaders and look to them as our champions and inspiration for innovation in Durham. What a great opportunity to share their stories with the rest of the community.”

The Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards on November 27th will also be where Spark Centre’s 2014 Ignite winners will be announced.  The Ignite competition has been an ongoing program which saw over 60 startup companies pitch their business idea in a series of competitions.  One Young Entrepreneur winner and one General Entrepreneur winner will be awarded $25,000 each to use towards their business.  For more information on the Ignite competition, visit

Nominations are open until 4:00pm on October 31.  To submit a nomination, visit the Creative Awards section at

For information on the DATCA awards program, eligibility criteria, nominations and the judging process, visit

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