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SPARK 2018 – The Idea Competition for Cardiff University Students

It’s that time of year again and we are excited to announce that SPARK is here!

Spark is the Annual Idea Competition for Cardiff University Students and graduates. With an overall shared prize pot of over £20,000 worth of cash and support available, SPARK will give six Cardiff University students & graduates support to develop their own idea. SPARK is part of the business start-up and ideas development support available through Careers & Employability which also includes idea development and start-up related workshops and individual support.

The competition is open to ALL Cardiff University students and entries from all sectors and subject areas are welcomed (Including not for profit organisations, creative and social enterprises).

2018 competition

Following the competition’s success in previous years, we are delighted to announce the 2018 edition. This year we are scaling up the competition and will provide more opportunities, sponsors and support throughout.

The competition will run over two phases, SPARK IDEAS AND SPARK 


Win a share of £1000

· This stage is for those with a potential idea that may have commercial potential but have not investigated it in a structured manner as yet.

· This category gives applicants an opportunity to further develop their idea for entry into

· There is also an opportunity to apply for a small developmental fund (max £300, t&c apply) to help boost your idea for entry into SPARK later in the year. Application for SPARK IDEAS is now open. Apply here.


With a prize pot of over £20,000 worth of cash and support

· The PLAN level is designed for those who may have performed a reasonable level of research or possibly some level of testing for the idea or product. This can also include those that are getting ready to launch. Applicants will be expected to present their idea to a panel of judges if shortlisted. Judging for this category will be done using both the online application and presentation to judges.

The PLAN application guide can be found here

· The VENTURE level is open to those already running businesses, projects, or even freelancing in the last 12 months to 2 years. Applicants will be expected to present their idea to a panel of judges if shortlisted. Judging for this category will be done using both the online application and presentation to judges.

The VENTURE application guide can be found here


Apply for SPARK here   –  Applications close 4th March 2018

The choice of category is self-selective, but if you would like to discuss which category best suits you before entry, please contact us on Enterprise@cardiff.ac.uk.

Why get involved?

· Tap into increased support for entrepreneurs

· Obtain critical independent review of your idea

· Gain access to mentors and networking opportunities

· Improve key transferable skills

· Enhance your understanding of commercial awareness

· Win cash investment for your idea or project

There’s a prize pot of over £20,000 with a range of support from our sponsors and supporters.  Support includes Marketing support, Tailored 121 Mentoring, Free residence in a Technology Hub and many more. Our sponsors this year include Santander Universities UK, S3 Advertising, TramShed Tech and Paperclip. 

For more information on SPARK, how to apply, prizes and important dates get in touch with the Enterprise and Start-up team using Enterprise@cardiff.ac.uk

Inspired? Get involved with Cardiff University Enterprise and Start-up!

Do you have entrepreneurial inspirations and aspirations? Cardiff University Enterprise and Start-up could help you realise your full potential in business and entrepreneurship. It’s all about thinking creatively, spotting opportunities, making things happen and developing skills for life. It’s not just about business; it’s about helping you to make the most of yourself.

We run workshops, competitions and sessions to help you develop skills and knowledge. Find out about all our courses and sessions on the intranet, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, with #ideastolife, or email us at entreprise@cardiff.ac.uk.

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Best wishes,

Iheanyi Ibe, Enterprise Project Officer


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