City, University of London
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 into fully-fledged business ventures. The competition is split into two challenges throughout the academic year to help students develop their entrepreneurial skills and launch businesses.
A special category, MakerSpark, was created to recognise the innovations created by engineering students, and this element is supported by a £3,000 EIB prize fund.