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 minded organizations.  The SPARK Hollywood FL team works to ignite entrepreneurial growth and promote start-ups through engaging, informative events that build community support for small business and drive equitable economic growth in South Florida.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

2020 SPARK Virtual Launch

September 17th, 2020 @ 2:45PM

 

2020 SPARK Pitch Competition

November 12th, 2020

** Now Accepting Applications **

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. It provides a platform to access valuable resources available in the City of Hollywood and South Florida while further developing their entrepreneurial skills. SPARK aims to bridge the gap between investors, businesses and entrepreneurs.

The ‘quick-pitch competition’ will feature entrepreneurs and new ventures competing for cash and in-kind 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 October 20th, 2020.

SPARK Pitch Competition

See What Hollywood, FL Has to Offer -
FREE ADMISSION

Registration is Required to receive Zoom Access

 
 

- MODERATOR -

JOHN WENSVEEN

Chief Innovation Officer

Executive Director

NSU BROWARD

CENTER OF INNOVATION

DAVID PONRAJ
Founder & CEO
STARTUP SPACE

ANDREW KOENIG

President
CITY FURNITURE

MANISH HIRAPARA

CEO

PEAKACTIVITY

SPARK LAUNCH

EXPERT PANEL

CURATED BY NSU BROWARD CENTER OF INNOVATION

DEDICATED TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF ENTREPRENEURS

.

FOCUSED ON INNOVATION, TECHNOLOGY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

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FREE ADMISSION

REGISTER ONLINE FOR ZOOM ACCESS

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

 
 

2020 FEATURED SPEAKERS / JUDGES TO BE ANNOUNCED

2019 FEATURED SPEAKER

Claudio Sorrentino

CEO | Body Details

2019 JUDGE

Nate Vasel

Principal | Las Olas Venture Capital

2019 JUDGE

Paco Velez

President & CEO | Feeding South Florida

2019 JUDGE

Sandy-Michael  McDonald

Director | Broward County Office of Economic

& Small Business Development

2019 JUDGE

Janet Alhgren

Founder & Principal | ScaleUp Executives South Florida

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED

QUESTIONS

I have a great idea!

How do I apply to

present my idea?

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?

So I’ve applied… now what?

SPONSORED BY

 

CONNECT. IGNITE.

SPARK Hollywood, FL connects like-minded individuals, cultivating a community around innovation and entrepreneurship. It provides a platform to access valuable resources available in the City of Hollywood and South Florida while further developing their entrepreneurial skills. SPARK aims to bridge the gap between investors, businesses and entrepreneurs.

 

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.

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 and NSU Broward Center of Innovation.

 
 

APPLY NOW!

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
Upload supported file (PDF)

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
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