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

Advancing technologies

Emerging technologies

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


Upload a A4 pdf of your proposition

How have you heard about The Spark Challenge?

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!

Temple Alumni!

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.

-- 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
  • Mentoring
    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.”

Art Feldman,

From local tea shop to global provider – the program really helped focus the business

Tynisha Lomax,


Upload a A4 pdf of your proposition

How have you heard about The Spark Challenge?