Spark Centre announces two $25,000 winners of Ignite startup competition

Dash MD
Dash MD winning the $25,000 prize at the Ignite competition in 2016.

Durham-based Spark Innovation Centre has announced the two winners of its annual Ignite startup competition, which awards two startups with $25,000 in funding.

Dash MD was announced as the young entrepreneur award winners, while Hexyoo Scientific were the general entrepreneur winners.

Dash MD is developing a mobile app that helps patients track, manage, and find the care they need once they’ve left the hospital. Hexyoo Scientific is developing a proprietary gel-based pressure ulcer pad for use in hospitals. The gel pad, placed over a mattress, has embedded sensors to help with the treatment and prevention of pressure ulcers.

“We’re so grateful for this opportunity that has been given to us by Durham Region generally and by Spark Centre specifically,” said Zack Fisch, CEO of Dash MD. “These funds and the support that comes with them will be put towards helping patients across Ontario, and beyond.”

The two companies will be given free office space in Spark Centre’s head office The Loft, located in Oshawa, and will also join Spark Centre’s Thrive Accelerator program, which offers support services like bookkeeping services, and legal and accounting services.

“The team is honoured and excited to receive this award”, said Bob Macmillan, President of Hexyoo Scientific Inc. “Hexyoo’s vision and venture has been validated by the recognition of the Ignite 2016 process and the support received by Sparks Centre staff. We are committed to this venture, the product, and look forward to the next chapter in our journey.”

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang

Freelance tech writer. Former BetaKit News Editor.

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