SmartBase selects and nurtures world class entrepreneurial talent and their innovative ideas. We mould this talent into viable businesses.
The SPARK Challenge
The Spark Challenge works with entrepreneurial teams that have technically and commercially validated concepts (typically post accelerator stage). Our final stage interventions encourage these teams towards investor readiness.
The Next SPARK Challenge will be delivered with the Support of the Entrepreneur’s Network
Application deadline: We will have the Next call for applications at the End of May 2017
Phase I: Life’s a Pitch (1-day ): Mid June
Phase II: 9-day workshop: Held in June July and August
Complete the Application Below
for your Pre-Program Assessment!
Founder Teams will learn how to:
Perform under pressure
Stress test their business in front of a global angel network
Test and verify key assumptions before getting in front of funders
Develop routes to commercialisation
Develop leadership abilities for business growth
We do this through clinics, workshops, mentoring and case studies alongside expert inputs and an individualised business progression plan for each client.
Spark Challenge participants will typically have completed a business start-up or accelerator programme, have some baseline commercial and technical validation of their idea and are in the process of building the team that can deliver their vision.
They will often be in that challenging funding chasm between the end of a funded support vehicle and being in a fully ready position to secure next round funding.
Our programme will light a fire under them and propel them towards being investor ready in a short period of time. The Spark Challenge inspires startups towards global vision preparing them for achieving early angel and seed round funding.
Our mentor and advisory team provide an intensive nine-day programme covering vision, team, proposition, market, business model, investor deals and pitching.
-- methods --
- Clinics and Workshops
following the awareness, assessment and action learning model
- Ongoing daily mentoring assignments and feedback
for next steps
- Action plans
Linked to active learning / assignments derived from mentoring and advice sessions
- Individual Work
Linked to individualised business progression plans
- Guest Speakers
Success cases – “I did it, You can too & this is how”
- Case Studies
Peer group learning exercise
- Expert Inputs
Experts in core fields
Group and individual support provided each day
Our methods achieve quick returns for its founders and investors In addition, no value can be placed on the increased self-esteem & positive social consequences experienced by each participant.
Joined up thinking – work with agencies startups and angel investors
Careful selection and screening of candidates
Select team delivering programme
Unique content, addressing fundamental personal and business needs
“They parachute in the very skill sets you need when you need them. and these guys are hands on without being intrusive. they are collaborators not mentors. they know where the inflection points are in your business and they work with you to exploit them.”
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