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Ignite Your Spark

The Spark Challenge is Clemson's premier pitch competition designed specifically for CECAS students. Submit your idea, business, product, or service for funding and a chance to visit Silicon Valley! Ideas at any stage and targeting any market are eligible for this competition, anyone from CECAS can apply!

Apply Now!

Prizes

First Place

1st Place

$2500

Second Place

2nd Place

$1000

Third Place

3rd Place

$500

All teams who apply and are accepted receive $500 in seed funding! Mentors receive $150 in professional development funds.

Rules

  • Applicants must be undergrad or grad students in CECAS
  • Each team must be at least half CECAS students
  • Each team must have a faculty advisor to handle funds
  • There will be workshops and events to support your team. Attendance is required to receive funds
  • Your idea cannot have been initiated, developed or supported by faculty grant funding.

How to Get Ignited

Oct22

Applications Due

Submit your application by October 22nd in order to be eligible for the $500 of initial seed funding, and thousands in additional prizes! We only require a brief description of your idea, product or business and contact information.

Apply Now!

Nov02

Funding Distributed

The selection panel will notify teams who have been accepted into the program. $500 student development + $150 advisor professional development will be awarded to selected teams' faculty advisor. Funds may be used at the discretion of the advisor for development of the student driven idea.

For any questions please contact dgherma@clemson.edu

Nov03

Nov - FebDevelop Ideas

Each team should continue developing their ideas to prepare for the final pitch in February! To use the $500 seed funding teams will be required to attend product and buisiness development workshops held between November and February. These will be held by the Design and Entrepreneurship Network and Spiro.

If there is any aspect of product or business development you would like more information on, contact cbraeun@clemson.edu

Feb18

Final Pitch!

This is it folks - the big day! At this point every team has brought their initial idea to new heights through entrepreneurial experience and education. Each team will give a short 5-10 minute pitch on their business, potential applications and market.

The top 3 teams - decided by a panel of CEOs, investors, and entrepreneurs - receive thousands in additional funding and a trip to Silicon Valley!

Mar15

Silicon Valley!

One member from each of the top 3 teams will have the opportunity to travel with several other students to Silicon Valley in mid March. This includes personal sit downs with Clemson alum who have become CEOs, entrepreneurs, and tech experts. In previous trips students have visited Intel, Adobe, Fitbit, ICON Aircraft, TaskRabbit, and Life360.

Sponsors

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our sponsors. Without them, we would not be able to empower students to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

CECAS
DEN
Spiro
WFIC
UIF