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DelVal to host Spark Bowl, a “Shark Tank”-like competition


Delaware Valley University (DelVal), the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce (CBCC) and Startup Bucks are hosting the fourth annual Spark Bowl Competition on Nov. 16, in Delaware Valley University’s Life Sciences Building auditorium.

Spark Bowl, a “Shark Tank”-style competition, encourages entrepreneurs, innovative businesses, and nonprofit organizations to address social, consumer, and business-oriented challenges in and around Bucks County. Prize money will be awarded to support the top three competing teams.

Sponsors will have the opportunity to support local entrepreneurs, existing businesses and nonprofit organizations wishing to impact economic growth and prosperity in Bucks County.

They will also be invited to participate in a networking event prior to the Spark Bowl and have the opportunity to be featured at the event and on the Spark Bowl website. Sponsorship-level information and a link to make a gift online to support the event can be found at To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, email or call 215-348-3913.

Applications for participants will open on Aug. 15. Businesses that are interested should submit their intent to apply to to receive any updates on the application process. Include the name of your business in the subject line. Learn more at

As part of DelVal’s experiential learning program, DelVal students will serve as business consultants for the finalist teams, which will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. Businesses paired with DelVal student consultants will generate innovative, problem-solving ideas to support the economic growth and prosperity of local communities.

“Spark Bowl is the outcome of a unique and innovative cooperation between the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, Startup Bucks and the Department of Business and Information Management here at DelVal,” said Tanya Casas, dean of The School of Business, Arts, and Sciences. “The finalists competing work together with an advisor from DelVal’s Small Business and Entrepreneurship Center and with a student team. This collaboration provides students with a real opportunity to see first hand some of the planning and problem solving that real businesses confront.”

Last year’s Spark Bowl winners were James Calcagni and Amoyah Gilliam, founders of Liquid Limbs. Their first product, The Navigator, is a waterproof mobility aid designed specifically to help people with transtibial amputation navigate the shower independently.

“Winning the Spark Bowl last year was a game-changer for Liquid Limbs. The prize money came at a critical time for our business and allowed us to invest in key initiatives that have taken our business to the next level. We are now in a position to have an even bigger impact on the amputee community, and we owe it all to the generosity of the sponsors of the Spark Bowl program,” said Calcagni.

The judges will be local entrepreneurs who have a high degree of success in the business world. The top three teams of student business consultants will also be eligible for cash prizes. Last year, the winners walked away with a total of $21,000 in prizes.

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