The Spark Challenge and it’s Life’s a Pitch pre-events are open to a new round of applications from all members of the Temple University Community, across all disciplines and open to all schools!
This is the second year of this exciting and extensive development program which has led to investments for the Temple Innovation Community and we would love to hear your ideas and learn more about your plans!
Life's a Pitch and The Spark Challenge
Temple Community Open Call
Ventures under development
Life’s a Pitch and The SPARK Challenge is a venture investment program that is designed to provide a value-add opportunity through coaching, mentoring and investment feedback that strengthens the value proposition for each company.
The next Life’s a Pitch events will be delivered at Temple University at the End of April 2019.
Monday, April 29, 2019
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
April 29th – Temple Main Campus
Howard Gittis Student Center, Suite 400
April 30th – Temple Health Sciences Center
Student Faculty Center, 4th Floor
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
Open to to everyone in Temple Community
- Advancing technologies (received SBIR Phase 2 or equity investment)
- Emerging technology (pre-investment)
- Blackstone LaunchPad ventures under development. (Student Base)
We work with you through clinics, workshops, mentoring and case studies alongside expert inputs and an individualized business progression plan for each client.
If you have a StartUp Idea and have been working with the Blackstone LaunchPad Team – Let’s hear from you!
Researchers and Faculty Members!
If your work has led to a discovery which now has commercial potential; you have / or need a founding commercial team and the funding to get your work to commercial reality – let’s hear from you!
If you have a StartUp, or a currently funded venture and are seeking growth / follow on investment – Let’s hear from you too!
Our delivery team bring global experience across many business sectors and investment stages, so this is your chance to bring your venture to a global stage, SPARK brings the support, advice and funding to bring your business to attention of Angels & VC from Ireland, Israel & USA.
Our mentor and advisory team provide an intensive nine-day program covering vision, team, proposition, market, business model, investor deals and pitching.
Participation does not equal funding (i.e. not a grant program), which is decided over the course of many months following the Spark Challenge.
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- 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
“I have never worked with a group as supportive and as understanding.”
From local tea shop to global provider – the program really helped focus the business