Ignite your ideas with Spark Cape Breton

Important Dates: 
May 5, 2016
Competition launch
June 29, 2016
Submission deadline
July 27, 2016
Shortlisted entrants are notified
August 2 - 26, 2016
Spark acceleration program
August 30, 2016
Pitches and judging
September 1, 2016
Winners announced

Our Spark Cape Breton competition is closed for submissions! The last call was Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 5:00 pm AST. We received 25 submissions!

Read about the seven new technology companies selected to split $225,000 in cash.

Below are highlights about the opportunity. You'll also find details in the INFO KIT.

About Spark Cape Breton

We’re looking for the best early stage technology companies in Cape Breton and the Mulgrave area. If that’s you, tell us about your venture.

You could win up to $50,000 in cash to put your idea into action and mentoring from somebody who’s been there, done that.

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 Cape Breton or the Mulgrave area. They must have a new knowledge-based product or service and zero sales revenue since inception.

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


Entrants must be a start-up based in Cape Breton or the Mulgrave area with a new knowledge-based product or service and zero sales revenue since inception.

Entrants must be the majority owner(s) (51 per cent or more) of the start-up and plan to work full-time with the business in the competition region.

Winners from previous Spark Cape Breton competitions or from Innovacorp’s I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition are ineligible to apply to Spark Cape Breton with the same product or service from the winning submission, but may apply with a different product or service and a different company.

Innovacorp investment portfolio companies are ineligible for this competition. 

Eligibility details can be found in the Spark Cape Breton INFO KIT.

How do I enter?

Spark Cape Breton is now closed for submissions. The deadline was Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 5:00 pm AST. Entering was easy. Entrants simply submitted a 3-5 page business summary, preferably using our BUSINESS SUMMARY TEMPLATE, answering the questions in the boxes provided. Check out the INFO KIT for all the details.


Winners will receive up to $50,000 in cash as well as mentoring from a team of seasoned business people through the MentorConnect program.

At least four awards are anticipated for the May - August 2016 round of Spark Cape Breton.

The amount awarded will be based on the company’s need and the judging committee’s decisions.

Awards are intended for the establishment and/or future development of the start-up.

Judging criteria

A committee of eight judges from the private and public sectors will determine who is invited to pitch their business to the judges and ultimately who is awarded support.

Submissions will be evaluated based on: the quality of the product or service (e.g., competitive edge, uniqueness, scalability), industry knowledge and management experience, barriers to competitive entry, market size, and credibility of plans to reach key milestones. The clarity and persuasiveness of the written plan and pitch will also be assessed.


All submissions will be treated confidentially and will not be made available to the public. Only those directly involved in managing or judging the competition will view submitted documents. While summary details will not be disclosed, the competition organizers reserve the right to announce those who advance to subsequent competition rounds. 


Spark Cape Breton is presented by:



Bob Pelley
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