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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. CitySpark places a core focus on encouraging students to ‘get out of the building’, meet target customers and develop a full understanding of the problem to be solved. This provides an excellent starting point for brilliant ideas to develop in to fully-fledged business ventures.

The competition is split into two challenges taking place throughout the academic year to help you develop your entrepreneurial skills and launch your business.

Why enter?

CitySpark is designed to provide you with the tools to turn a spark of a business idea into the next big thing!

Key benefits:

  • Find out how to design & build a startup business
  • Receive 1-to-1 mentoring from business experts
  • Pitch your idea to experienced entrepreneurs and investors
  • Develop key enterprise skills to enhance your employability and career prospects
  • Win funding to kick start your business.

How to apply

Applications are now closed for CitySpark Grand Final 2019

£25,000 are on the table for the best 5 business ideas from City students and recent alumni. Tell us about your idea by answering the questions in the application form and you can become one of the 2019 CitySpark winners!

One of the 5 awards will be given to a green, sustainable idea. The GreenSpark award is aimed at helping those businesses that are sustainable and environmentally friendly so make sure, when submitting your application, to emphasise your green credentials!

We also have a special award for the students of the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering! If your idea is in the field of your study, you can be the winner of the MakerSpark Award!

Ten finalists will be invited to pitch in the Grand Final event on the 26th of March.

Eventbrite - CitySpark Grand Final 2019


Check out the video and gallery below:

CitySpark Marketplace 2018 (2min) from CityStarters on Vimeo.

Event Gallery on Flickr