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a comprehensive approach to entrepreneurship

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ABOUT US

SPARK Hollywood FL was launched in 2017 through a unique partnership between the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the City of Hollywood with support from entrepreneurially focused organizations.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

2021 SPARK Launch

June 16th, 2021 @ 3PM Via Zoom

2021 SPARK Pitch Competition

October 2021 x Announcement Coming Soon!

WE SEE IDEAS

AT WORK.

SPARK creates opportunities for entrepreneurs. The team connects like-minded individuals, cultivates a community around innovation & entrepreneurship, provides a platform to access valuable resources and bridges the gap between investors, businesses, sponsors and entrepreneurs. SPARK drives innovation by facilitating opportunities for the entrepreneur community that will catapult them forward in achieving their vision of the future.

SPARK creates opportunities for entrepreneurs. The team connects like-minded individuals, cultivates a community around innovation & entrepreneurship, provides a platform to access valuable resources and bridges the gap between investors, businesses, sponsors and entrepreneurs. SPARK drives innovation by facilitating opportunities for the entrepreneur community that will catapult them forward in achieving their vision of the future.

SPARK Hollywood, FL connects

like-minded individuals, cultivating a community around innovation and entrepreneurship.

 

Our Team works to ignite entrepreneurial growth through engaging, informative events that build community support for small business and drive equitable economic growth in South Florida.

 

SPARK aims to bridge the gap between investors, businesses and entrepreneurs.

 
 
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Announcement

Coming Soon!

October 2021

Watch Contestants Compete.

See What Hollywood, FL Has to Offer -

Looking forward to

In Person Pitch Competition.

 

SPEAKERS + JUDGES

pitch competition

2020 JUDGE

Nate Vasel

Principal

Las Olas Venture Capital

2020 JUDGE

Sandy-Michael  McDonald

Director

Broward County Office of Economic

& Small Business Development

2020 SPEAKER

Craig Avera + Rose White

Owners / Founders

Cali Coffee

2020 JUDGE

John Wensveen

Chief Innovation Officer

+ Executive Director

NSU Broward Center of Innovation

2020 JUDGE

Sarah Lucas

Chief Operating Officer

New World Angels

2020 SPEAKER

Steve Edwards

Managing Partner

Premier Virtual

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Ignite + Innovate

Entrepreneurial Programs • Expert Resources

RAELIN STOREY

Director
Office of Communications, Marketing and Economic Development
City of Hollywood

moderator

JOHN WENSVEEN

 

Chief Innovation Officer

Nova Southeastern University

 

Executive Director

Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward

Center of Innovation

PAMELA FUERTES

Executive Director

Goldman Sachs 10,000

Small Businesses Program

Miami Dade College

DAVID CODDINGTON

Sr. Vp Business Development
Greater Fort
Lauderdale Alliance
Broward County

JUNE • 16 • 2021

Get Inspired. Connect With Experts.

Dedicated to the advancement of entrepreneurs -

FREE Admission • Open To All

Register Online to Receive Zoom Access

Meeting

Ignite  Your Idea.

PITCH COMPETITION

Hollywood, FL

The ‘quick-pitch competition’ will feature entrepreneurs and new ventures competing for cash prizes by giving a three-minute presentation of their innovative business proposal to a panel of judges comprised of local investors and business professionals.

If you have the next great idea or business -

Select 'Apply Here' to Complete Form

Applications Must be Submitted by

August 13th, 2021

Application (Submission Form + Pitch Video)

Deadline: August 13th, 2021

Required Call Back 1 of 2

Zoom Interview: TBA

Required Call Back 2 of 2

Zoom Prep: TBA

Finalists Present Day of Event: SPARK Pitch Competition

Virtual Event: TBA x October 2021

 

INNOVATION

Connect like-minded individuals while cultivating a community around innovation & entrepreneurship

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Provide networking opportunities with investors, experts & innovators

GROWTH

Participate in

SPARK Launch developed for entrepreneurs to realize their potential and build a solid foundation that will drive their innovation forward.

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Watch the premiere

SPARK Pitch Competition to be the first to know about innovation in Hollywood, FL.

HOLLYWOOD

Experience the new wave of entrepreneurship & growth

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See what Hollywood, FL has to offer - explore integral resources & programs dedicated to taking ideas to the next level

 
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED

QUESTIONS

I have a great idea!

How do I apply to

present my idea?

Applications must be received by Oct 20th, 2020.

Applicants Must Submit:

(1) Contest Contact Information

(2) Written component describing designated attributes of venture

(3) Video upload of venture introduction (2 Min Max.)

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See Guidelines & Criteria

Do I already need to have a business setup and running for my idea? In other words, do I need to be a startup business? What if I’ve got a great idea and a plan, but that’s as far

as I’ve got?

SPARK Hollywood, FL loves a good idea… it doesn’t matter whether you’ve gotten it off the ground last year or not. If you’ve got a good idea, we want to know about it and share it with the world to help you. Get your business details together and apply now.

So I’ve applied… now what?

Our SPARK Hollywood, FL will review all applicants and contact selected applicants.

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There will be 2 rounds of reviews. Selected applicants must be available to participate in the reviews to answer questions and critiques before the final SPARK Pitch Competition on November 12th, 2020.

See Guidelines & Criteria

SPONSORED BY

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INVEST IN HOLLYWOOD, FL.

SPARK Hollywood, FL has offered more than 100 entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their ventures to expert judges, and awarded more than $20,000 in cash and in-kind prizes to spark businesses since 2017. It provides a platform to access valuable resources available in the City of Hollywood and South Florida while further developing their entrepreneurial skills.

SPARK Hollywood, FL is presented by the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the City of Hollywood. It is supported by The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, NSU Broward Center of Innovation, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Community Service Foundation of Broward x Bob Giacin | Trustee and

The Committee of 100 x Hollywood.

 
 

APPLICATION PROCESS
WILL REOPEN JUNE 9TH, 2021

SPARK Your Business.

REQUIRED FROM APPLICANTS ---

(1) Contact Form
(2) Upload Venture Details (PDF)
(3) Upload Venture Video Brief (2 MIN. MAX.)

For Upload of 'Venture Details' (PDF) - Applicants Must Include:

 

• Venture name

• Brief description of concept, product, or service

• Opportunity or problem that the venture seeks to address

• Target market

• Current and potential competitors and venture’s competitive advantage

• Current state of the venture (e.g. product development stage, patents, contracts, current annual revenue (when first revenue was achieved), current sales, profit level, equity/debt raised.

• Description of venture’s competitive advantage (and competitors if known)

• Investment needs. Include an explanation of the offering to potential investors indicating how much money is required, how it will be used and the proposed structure.

Upload File

For Upload of 'Venture Video Brief' (2 MIN MAX.)

Video is just a brief overview of venture -

NOT full pitch / NOT pitch deck

Video Must Represent Applicants 'Stage Presence'

Upload Video

Thanks for submitting!