With five successful rounds of the Spark Innovation Challenge under our belt – four in Cape Breton and one in western Nova Scotia – it’s time to ignite the start-up community in a bigger way. That’s right, we’re taking Spark province-wide.

Spark is a competition for early stage technology companies in Nova Scotia. Winners receive up to $50,000 and guidance from seasoned business professionals to put their ideas into action.

This year, Spark is being held in four geographic regions covering all of Nova Scotia.

The competition regions are:

  • Spark West – entrants must be based in western Nova Scotia (i.e., Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby, Annapolis, Kings and Hants counties)
  • Spark North – entrants must be based in northern Nova Scotia (i.e., Guysborough, Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland counties)
  • Spark Cape Breton – entrants must be based in Cape Breton Island (i.e., Inverness, Richmond, Victoria and Cape Breton counties)
  • Spark Halifax – entrants must be based in Halifax county

We’re especially interested in start-ups from the information technology, life sciences, clean technology and ocean technology sectors. However, we welcome submissions for any innovation with market potential.

Entrants must be a start-up based in one of the four competition regions. They must have a new knowledge-based product or service with zero sales revenue since inception.

Funds awarded will be used to support the completion of prototypes or preparation for taking the product or service to market.

Entering is easy. Simply submit a 5-8 page business summary by September 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm AST. The competition is now open for submissions! For competition details and the summary template, visit www.innovacorp.ca/spark.

We would love you to share this opportunity with your network.

Questions can be directed to Megan Maltby, Program Coordinator, Innovacorp, at 902.424.8670 ext. 1147, 1.800.565.7051 ext. 1147, or spark@innovacorp.ca.

Spark is funded by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Innovacorp.

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