Applications are now open for Spark Centre’s Annual Pitch Competition

Ignite 2018 will be handing out $125,000 to winning entrepreneurs across five categories:

• Spark Innovation Centre: $25,000
• Beijing Future Science Park: $25,000
• Ontario Power Generation – Refurbishment: $25,000
• Ontario Power Generation – Inspection & Maintenance: $25,000
• Ontario Power Generation – Environment & Electrification Development: $25,000

The Ignite competition journey includes a pitch school, three-minute pitch competition and 30 minute boardroom competition before a panel of judges who ultimately choose the winners. Outside of the prizes for winners, Ignite offers the opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn how to perfect their pitch and also have a chance to practice in front of real investors.

“Ignite was an amazing opportunity for us to spread our message of a patient-centered healthcare system,” said Zack Fisch, CEO and Co-Founder of Dash MD. “We were grateful for the opportunity to share our work with an amazing crowd of innovators, entrepreneurs, and change makers. The funds from Ignite helped us fuel major hospital-system implementations. Spark Centre and Durham Region have helped us play a pivotal role in improving the quality and reach of care that Ontario patients are receiving in the here and now.” – 2016 Ignite Winner

“Ignite 2016 afforded Hexyoo Scientific the opportunity to increase our exposure and awareness within the community and allowed us to engage and network with like-minded members of the community,” said Robert Macmillan, President & CEO of Hexyoo Scientific. “Having our product recognized by Ignite and being awarded the top prize in our category enabled our company to continue moving forward. The influx of cash permitted Hexyoo to continue with further development of our new, innovative and patent pending products.” – 2016 Ignite Winner

Other past winners of Ignite include MobileXCo, National ProStaff and IFTech.

Applications must be received by 5:00pm on September 28th. Visit to apply and for more information on eligibility criteria and important dates.


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Isabelle Foley

As Director of Member Success I strive to help members connect and get the most out of their chamber membership. I am an advocate for local businesses and passionate about spotlighting our community's success. Join the growth!


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