RMG Friends Ignite Durham Announce Start-Up Boot Camp!

We recently hosted the DATCA awards at an RMG Fridays event. During the evening our friends from the Spark Centre announced this new initiative that is designed to encourage start-up business in Durham Region. 


New business boot camp has $25,000 cash for entrepreneurs in Durham Region.

WHITBY, ON November 12, 2012 – Entrepreneurs in Durham Region have until January 11, 2013 to apply for Ignite, a brand-new start-up boot camp that will set two local companies on the path to success.

Ignite is presented by Spark Centre, a not-for-profit organization that offers services and support to local entrepreneurs; The Region of Durham; and VentureStart, a program that helps technology entrepreneurs in Southern Ontario. “We are on the hunt for exciting, high-potential start-ups,” said Martin Croteau, executive director of Spark Centre. “We know that Durham is full of inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs. We are going to throw the support of the entire community behind the top two companies we can find.”After a rigorous selection process involving a public Pitch Night and boardroom presentations, two “Ignite Start-ups” will be announced in early March. These two companies will then enter an intensive four-month boot camp, which includes the following: a $25,000 cash award; access to a Power Panel of high-profile entrepreneurs; and in-kind professional services from local experts in areas such as finance, marketing, and law. In addition to accelerating the success of the two chosen companies, Ignite will showcase the exceptional local resources available to all entrepreneurs in Durham. The boot camp will culminate in a public event, the Ignite Finale, on June 25, 2013 at The Regent Theatre in Oshawa.

“Durham Region is proud to partner with Spark Centre to launch Ignite, the powerful next step for the Art of Transition to continue to support a strong local creative economy,” said Kerri King, Tourism Manager for Durham Region. “Through Ignite, we will continue to promote Durham’s innovative culture, and create more well-paying jobs in our community.”Applications are available online and must be received by 5 p.m. on January 11, 2013. Please visit www.ignitedurham.ca for more information on the application process, eligibility criteria, and important dates.  

Spark Centre is a not-for-profit that helps to start and grow innovative technology-based companies in Durham Region and Northumberland County. We are one of fourteen Regional Innovation Centres (RICs) that are part of the Ontario Network of Excellence (ONE). Together we support the commercialization of ideas right across Ontario. Spark Centre’s services are provided thanks to the generous financial support of the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, Durham Region, the Durham Strategic Energy Alliance (DSEA) and the Northumberland Manufacturer’s Association (NMA).

The RMG & Akimbo Chat About Public Art

Via Akimbo.com

AKIMBO is co-hosting a TweetChat with The Robert McLaughlin Gallery about PUBLIC ART


RMG Photo by Michael Cullen

Wednesday, November 28, 1pm EST 

A TweetChat is an online discussion broadcast via Twitter.

On Wednesday, November 28 at 1pm EST, Akimbo’s Social Media Director James Fowler and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery’s Manager of Communications & Social Media Jacquie Severs will be in online discussion with people from coast to coast and … YOU. Get online and have your say about public art in Canada. What is your favourite piece of public art in your city? What it its role? Who should pay for it? Do we have enough? What challenges are there in allocating space for public art? What considerations are made in selection? Should there be a public art curator for a city? All this and more will be up for discussion.

Here are the details:    

What:  #AkimboChat is a monthly twitter-based discussion around various arts related interests.
When:  Wednesday, November 28th, 1:00-2:00pm EST and then the last Wednesday of every month.
Where: On Twitter – Follow @Akimboart for more information.
Who: Anyone can participate! Artists, arts workers, galleries, museums, curators, cultural institutions and anyone who appreciates the arts are all welcome to participate and have their say.
Why: It’s a great way to connect and share ideas with other arts professionals and art lovers, internationally and in real-time.
How: Starting at 1pm we will be asking a series of questions around the month’s topic for participants to answer, debate and discuss. We will ask a question every 10 minutes to give time for everyone to respond. Be sure to include the hashtag #AkimboChat so we can capture all the responses.

Here’s an example of how the conversation might go: 

@Akimboart Q1 What are your favourite art galleries?#AkimboChat

@CoolArtist A1 I love @SuperGallery because they feature emerging artists #AkimboChat

@PhotoBug33 A1 @PhotoGallery @PhotoSpace and @SnapShotGallery #AkimboChat

@Akimboart Q2 Where do you find out about art events in your area? #AkimboChat

@AndyWarhol A2 oh-wow that’s a good question… I’m not sure. #AkimboChat

@ArtLover A2 Why through Akimbo of course! #AkimboChat

An easy way to follow along with the conversation is to login to the discussion via www.tweetchat.com You will be asked to login to your twitter account and then what hashtag (#) you would like to follow (in this case it will be #AkimboChat). Tweetchat.com will then offer a feed like a chat room for you to follow along and will auto-insert the #akimobchat hashtag for you. If the conversation is moving too quickly, you can scroll back and it will pause the feed for you to catch up.

Our topic for November 28: Public Art

Please help spread the word by using the sharing buttons above and by tweeting about it using the hashtag #Akimbochat If you have any questions about how to participate, please email us at  [email protected] 

We look forward to tweetchatting with you on Wednesday, November 28th at 1pm EST!

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