What is it?
CitySpark is a business ideas competition open to all City students and recent alumni. CitySpark focusses on finding problems, identifying real gaps in the market and building evidence based startups from day one. Unlike other University business plan competitions, CitySpark encourages students to gain real life insights and feedback on their ideas, demonstrating how they will gain traction in the real world.
The competition is split into two challenges taking place throughout the academic year and an intensive startup summer school to help you develop your business skills and get your business venture off the ground.
To find out more about the competition and how we can help you develop your entry, come to our launching event: Startup Fest!
CitySpark is designed to provide you with the tools to turn a bright spark business idea into a fully-fledged startup.
- Find out how to design & build a startup business
- Receive 1-to-1 mentoring from a business experts
- Pitch your idea to local entrepreneurs and investors
- Develop key enterprise skills to enhance your employability and career prospects
Up to 5 teams will receive a £5,000 cash prize in the Spring Term Competition.
Autumn term competition – The CitySpark Marketplace Final
For Autumn, CitySpark challenges you to tell us more about a business idea that you'd like to develop (watch the below video for inspiration). We are looking for ideas that solve a problem for your customers, knowledge of who your customers might be and a bit of info on your competitors. The competition is open to all students and recent graduates (up to two years).
The best entries are invited to a marketplace event. Finalists will have the opportunity to sell their ideas to guests spanning successful entrepreneurs, business experts, alumni who will then vote for their favourite ideas.