Become A Sponsor

Support a local, non-profit geek community and be part of the most fast-paced, fun, thought-provoking and social events of the year.

What’s Ignite Waterloo?

Begun in the US by a couple of O’Reilly staff in 2006, Ignite events have rapidly become a global phenomenon. Inaugurated in Waterloo Region in October, 2009, Ignite is high energy and community-driven events run by volunteers that capture the best of Waterloo Region’s geek culture.

The Ignite schedule kicks off with time to socialize, and usually a geeky contest like LEGO building or paper airplane-making. Then we get into the presentations, in two sections, which include up to 20 volunteer speakers delivering five-minute, slide-supported talks about a personal passion or idea. The range of topics is diverse, the pace is relentless (slides auto-advance every 15 seconds), and there is always plenty of laughter and food for thought.

Who attends?

People who come to Ignite Waterloo vary from high school and university students to artists, professionals, entrepreneurs, and others. The first Ignite Waterloo event was attended by over 120 people. Since then we’ve consistently sold out and had a waiting list, and this year we expect 300 community-minded attendees at the events.

Why should you sponsor?

Ignite Waterloo gives you the opportunity to support Waterloo Region’s geek culture, reaching 300 locals who care about the community and what it has to offer.  Expose your brand to our ever growing online community with over 5000 Twitter followers and a growing Facebook page.  Show your brand side by side with other local companies, organizations, and individuals like Communitech, The Museum, The Event Firm, Modevation Media, Philip Bast, Schlueter Chevrolet Hummer, Toy Building Zone, Shad Valley, and VeloCity of University of Waterloo.

What’s your next step?

Want to be a part of Waterloo Region’s geek movement?  Is there something about your business or industry or community you’re passionate about, too?  Whether you’d like to make a non-monetary services or prize donation, sponsor one event, sponsor a full year of Ignite events, or become Ignite’s exclusive sponsor, we’d love to hear from you!

Have a look at our Ignite sponsorship opportunities and contact us to connect with a Sponsorship Coordinator.

Ignite Waterloo Sponsorship Opportunities

All amounts listed are per event. 

IGNITE VISIONARY   $2500

Join this elite group as an Ignite Visionaries and receive benefits year-round.
Maximum 2 per event; presenting first and second half of the show.

  • Sponosrship title at event: Presented By
  • Receive all Ignite Chamption benefits.
  • Logo on registration page for each Ignite event.
  • Premium logo placement with a captive audience: start and end of talks, loop at intermission.
  • 4 premium tickets to each Ignite event (includes front row seats and t-shirt for each guest)
  • Set up your own booth
  • Social media coverage (event specific) and year round mention on “IW Trophy Travels”
  • Opportunity to get welcoming remarks in Ignite format (2 min length)

 

IGNITE CHAMPION   $1000

Benefits are per event.

  • 2 premium tickets (includes front row seating and 2 t-shirts)
  • Premium logo placement with a captive audience: start and end of talks, loop at intermission.
  • Use of Swag Table: present your company information, promotional pieces.  Logo and information shown in a presentation at this table.
  • Social media coverage: lead up to event, at event and post-event
  • Space for you to bring your own banner
  • Permanent exposure on YouTube videos
  • Emcee acknowledgement
  • Website: guest blog post
  • Plaque for office wall

 

IGNITE FRIEND   $500

Benefits are per event.

  • 2 regular tickets
  • Sponsor logo shown at event
  • Use of Swag Table: present your company information, promotional pieces. Logo and information shown in a presentation at this table.
  • Social media coverage
  • Emcee acknowledgement
  • Website logo placement

 

IGNITE SPONSOR   $250

Benefits are per event.

  • 1 regular ticket
  • Use of Swag Table: present your company information, promotional pieces. Logo and information shown in a presentation at this table.
  • Website logo placement

 

We also appreciate IN KIND donations for prizes or event-related support.

Contact us about your sponsorship opportunity today.