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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.

CitySpark 2018 Marketplace

In the first term of the competition, we will ask you to tell us about the problem that you are solving and the customer you have for your business. On the 28th of November we will organise a Marketplace Final where 15 of the best ideas submitted will have a chance to present their ideas to a large audience of judges and friends!


CitySpark Winner - £1000 will be awarded to the idea that the judges vote as the most promising one!
CitySpark Runner Ups - Two £750 awards will be given to the next best!
The GreenSpark Award - One £1000 prize will go to the best sustainable business idea
The MakerSpark Award - One £1000 will be given to the best idea submitted by a student or recent alumni from the School of Mathemathics, Computer Science and Engineering, that uses skills and knowledge aquired during the course

The People's Choice Award - One of the awards will be decided by the public! A £750 will be decided by the votes of the public so make sure you invite all your friends!

If you want to attend the Marketplace Final, registrations for it can be made HERE!  

Make sure you book your tickets in advance, the event is likely to sell out!

CitySpark Marketplace 2017 (2min) from CityStarters on Vimeo.