Spark Tank is an exciting program devised by entrepreneur Marc Sparks. Geared toward social entrepreneurs, the Spark Tank provides grants for innovative non-profits, to help them continue to grow and do good in the world. Spark Tank provides $5,000 grants to winning organizations.
The rules for entry are simple. The next deadline for online applications is July 15, 2016. Those selected will have the opportunity to present for ten minutes in person to the Spark Tank on July 28, 2016. There will be an additional ten minute question and answer period after the presentation. Read more: Marc Sparks’s Books and Publications Spotlight and They Can’t Eat You: My Unorthodox Path To Outrageous Success
Restrictions on entrants are simple. United Way charities are not eligible; nor are national charities. Applicants should be based in Texas. Whether the charity benefits people, animals, or the arts, it is eligible. Faith-based organizations are also permitted as long as their project is non-religious. So, for example, mission trips would not be funded, but a soup kitchen, shelter or daycare could be.
Marc Sparks was already a successful businessman when he and Lynne Sipiora revolutionized the way a small homeless shelter operated. Under their direction, The Samaritan Inn in McKinney, TX, went from a small, dilapidated operation to an organization with an annual budget of over $3,000,000. The Samaritan Inn now feeds over 200 people each day, and an additional $7,000,000 family shelter is under construction.
With his obvious commitment to doing good, Marc Sparks is a well-loved figure in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. His business sense, honed by his experience with over sixty start-ups, has translated well to the non-profit sector as well. Whether involved in restaurants, auto insurance, or charities like thrift stores, Sparks has what it takes to succeed.
With the Spark Tank venture, he has found another way to give back. The way the challenge is structured even allows he and his team to do some mentoring. The experience of pitching to and speaking with Sparks is a great stepping stone for any social entrepreneur seeking to make a positive change in the world.