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CitySpark

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

Up to 5 teams will receive a £5,000 cash prize in the Spring Term Competition.

The CitySpark Marketplace Final

This Autumn, CitySpark challenges you to tell us more about a business idea that you'd like to develop (watch the below video for inspiration).

This year we have three Spark competitions, each with a different focus. All competitions are open to students and graduatess (must have graduated after 2015/16) and offer the opportunity to win funds.

See below for further information about our open competitions:

CitySpark

CitySpark is City, University of London’s business ideas competition, supporting students and graduates with the opportunity to win funds to develop their idea into a fully-fledged business venture.

What are we looking for?

In addition to brilliant business ideas we are looking for teams and individuals that have done their research, tested their ideas in real environments and are committed to developing their idea into a sustainable business.

The idea that you have doesn’t have to be related to the course that you are on, all we want to see is that you are passionate about making it work!

Who can apply?

The competition is open to all current students and recent alumni (graduated in the 2015/16 academic the latest).

If you are planning to apply a team with other cofounders who are not City students or alumni, you can do that as long as at least half of the team fits the student/recent graduate of City requirement.

Why apply?

On top of the great reasons already mentioned above, there is a cash pot of £3250 to be divided by 4 teams:

  • 1 x £1000 overall winner
  • 2 x £750 runners up
  • 1 x £750 peoples champion

When’s the deadline and how to enter?

You have until November 20th, 1pm, to submit your application here.

The winners will be selected at a marketplace event on the 7th of December, so keep the date free!

Need help?

If  you need help developing your entry, get in touch! You can book an appointment with us here or you can email us at citystarters@city.ac.uk

GreenSpark

The GreenSpark Award is aimed to reward the best sustainable business!

If your business idea helps to reduce the carbon footprint of your customer, then you are eligible for the special £1000 GreenSpark Award!

How does it work?

When submitting your CitySpark entry, you will be asked if you’d like your entry to be consider for the GreenSpark Award too! If you think  you have a shot, make sure you make it clear in the application how your business is eco-friendly and how it will help your customer to be more friendly towards environment .

When’s the deadline and how to enter?

Like CitySpark, you have until November 20th, 1pm, to submit your application here.

The winners will be selected at a marketplace event on the 7th of December, so keep the date free!

Need help?

If  you need help developing your entry, get in touch! You can book an appointment with us here or you can email us at citystarters@city.ac.uk

MakerSpark

The MakerSpark Award will reward the best engineering idea! The competition is open to all students on an engineering course that would like to use their knowledge to start a business! We’re looking for innovative ideas aimed at improving the lives of your customers so, whether you’re thinking robots or building a new technology, we want to hear from you!

Who can apply?

The competition is only open to students currently enrolled on an engineering course.

Why apply?

This is a great opportunity to receive mentorship and support from specialists, ready to provide you with the necessary guidance to launch your business.

The Engineering in Business Fellowship will also kindly offer a £1000 Award!

When’s the deadline and how to enter?

You have until November 20th, 1pm, to submit your application here.

The winners will be selected at a marketplace event on the 7th of December, so keep the date free!

To enter, all you have to do is complete the CitySpark form before the deadline date above and tick the box saying you’d like to be consider for this award.

Need help?

If  you need help developing your entry, get in touch! You can book an appointment with us here or you can email us at citystarters@city.ac.uk