Akron’s entrepreneurship weekend

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Join us on 2/18 and 2/19

SparkAK is a weekend-long event where startup enthusiasts get together to meet one another, come up with some insane ideas, and execute the hell out of them. At the end of all of this awesome, each team will have the opportunity to pitch what they’ve created to a panel of judges who will determine the winners.

Learn by Doing

Meet Ambitious People

Awesome Prizes

There’s only so much you can get from reading about product/business design and creation. At SparkAK you’ll have the chance to work with other smart, driven entrepreneurs and you’ll hopefully learn from one another throughout the entire weekend.

You will meet a number of interesting and ambitious people. By participating in SparkAK you’ll be organically building out your network and you might even find a cofounder or two.

As if the learning and networking weren’t enough, we’re loading up on prizes designed to accelerate your startup. Whether it’s what you worked on during the weekend, or another project, the prize packages will help you build out and test your ideas more effectively.

Compete to win some awesome prizes

Free Month of Coworking

Pitch Coaching

MVP Design & Development

Having a dedicated space to work on your project that is filled with some of Akron’s coolest entrepreneurs can mean the difference between success and failure.

The first place team will win month of full-time coworking at OSC Tech Lab.

Learn how to pitch like the pros. Courtney, the Executive Director of Launch League and a cofounder (and Chief Pitch Expert) at Design Flux Technology, has offered to coach a winning team on the finer points of pitching a startup to investors. She is offering a 1 hour pitch consultation to a winning team at SparkAK to help them better communicate their ideas to investors, customers, and potential partners.

Design your next Minimum Viable Product with expert guidance. As the VP of Startup Services at MAGNET and an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Case Western’s Weatherhead School of Management, Brandon helps startups build efficient experimental cycles that accelerate growth and learning. Brandon is offering a two-hour workshop and consultation on MVP dev. Depending on the concept and growth stage of the winning team, this time could also include time with MAGNET’s renowned engineering group.

Technical Consulting Session

iCorp Program Seat

1hr Marketing Consultation

Move your project forward with some expert advice. Coffee and Code is an experienced team that designs and builds software. They’ve offered to meet with the winning startup for a 2-3 hr discovery session; which gives you a chance to help determine what your ideal MVP looks like, points to consider when choosing technical help, and tips and tricks for saving money and time.

The iCorps program hosted by the University of Akron Research Foundation helps early stage companies answer important commercialization questions through critical market and commercialization evaluations. With a seat in the iCorps program, you’ll get intensive, mentor-guided training on how to validate your business model, strengthen your pitch & make you and your company investor-ready.

Hey Now! Media will provide a free 30min to 1hour consultation to learn about your company and determine the most impactful deliverable we can offer (1 deliverable).  Scope of project will include either a log OR website splash OR marketing piece.  Full websites, marketing campaigns, sales packets, and other on-going services are not included.

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Agenda

Saturday

Event Content

8:00 am Doors open
8:30 am Team Selection & Breakfast
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Project Selection & Work Time
12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm Work Time
5:00 pm Dinner
5:30 pm – Midnight Work Time

Sunday

Event Content

8:00 am Doors open
8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Work Time
12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Pitch Prep
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Move To Pitch Venue
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Pitches & Awards

Venues

SparkAK will take place across two venues in downtown Akron. The actual teamwork portion will happen at OSC Tech Lab on Saturday and Sunday while the pitches and awards will take place at the Nightlight Cinema on Sunday afternoon.

Nicholas PetroskiSparkAK