Applications for the third annual Spark Bowl, a “Shark Tank”-style competition hosted by Delaware Valley University (DelVal) and the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, are due by Aug 22.
The competition, being held Nov. 17, encourages entrepreneurs, innovative businesses and nonprofit organizations to address social, consumer and business-oriented challenges in and around Bucks County. Teams generate innovative, problem-solving ideas to support the economic growth and prosperity of local communities.
As part of DelVal’s experiential learning program, DelVal students will serve as business consultants for the finalist teams who will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. “Spark Bowl provides a relevant and impactful experience for DelVal business students, who help the finalists prepare for the competition,” said Dr. Tanya Casas, dean of the School of Business and Humanities. “The competition also connects our students with the local business community.”
Prize money will be awarded to support the top three competing teams. The top three teams of student business consultants will also be eligible for cash prizes. First Prize is $13,500, Second Prize is $6,750, and Third Prize is $2,250.
The judges will be local entrepreneurs who have a high degree of success in the business world said Dr. Vail Garvin, CEO of The Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce.
“The board of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce is very proud to be working again with Delaware Valley University on Spark Bowl to support our greater community, said Garvin. “We’re building on the success of last year’s competition. The competition enriches the local business community and gives students the type of real-world experience that DelVal is known for.”
Spark Bowl 2022 will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Life Sciences Building on DelVal’s campus.
Those who are interested in applying or eager to learn more can visit delval.edu/spark. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-348-3913. Sponsorship level information and a link to make a gift online to support the event can be found at delval.edu/spark.