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. 

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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).

Creative Centre Naming Competition Announcement

WANTED

 A GOOD NAME  – 

$500 REWARD

14 June 2012 

Creative Centre for keen Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Artists needs a name. Reward Offered.

For years there have been rumblings in Durham Region about the need for a flexible and dynamic space where the like-minded can collaborate, exchange ideas, expand networks, find an affordable office or studio, share amenities, teach a class or stage an event.  It felt like it was never going to happen.  

But now it is coming. It will occupy a happening spot in the centre of Downtown Oshawa.  It will be a home for like-minded entrepreneurs, innovators and artists.  

BUT, therein lies the problem.  It cannot be referred to as an “it”.  What should it be named?  There’s always calling it “Creative Centre”; well, that’s boring.  “Flying Bananas”, maybe.  What would you name it? 

Your idea may be worth $500.  Please submit your royalty-free concept(s) by June 26th, 2012 in a SINGLE email and mark the subject line as NEW NAME to: info@ipmanagers.ca

A panel of judges will review your submissions,  these are: Erin Elliott, OshaWhat Magazine‘s editor; Gabrielle Peacock, Robert McLaughlin Gallery CEO; David Tuley, Downtown Development Officer; and Chris Baylis, Independent Project Managers VP.  Lobbying or contacting the judges will result in disqualification.  Of course, any and all submissions can be denied.

The winner will be contacted prior to and then publicly announced at the Creative Social event, Thursday, June 28th, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa. For more information or tickets for the event see www.creativesocial.ca.