Spark Grant
If you are an enrolled UC student (either undergraduate or graduate) with a business or nonprofit idea, you can apply for a $500 Spark grant, powered by the Fealy Bearcat Bridge Fund, to test and develop your venture further. The funds must be applied toward your venture development. Funds can be used for the following activities: purchasing prototyping materials or inventory, marketing expenses (including digital advertising), legal fees, technology needs applicable toward your venture, and other items where appropriate for your venture.

Spark Grant awardees will be required to submit a 1-page progress report documenting how you spent the funds and what you learned within 3 months of receiving the award. Awardees will also be required to check in 1-2 times over the 3 month period for a venture progress update.

Priority for funding will be given to students that have a documented relationship with the Center for Entrepreneurship. Spark Grants are offered every semester to enrolled UC students. Spark grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis and students can apply at any time.

For more info and questions, contact Kate Harmon, Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship at

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Name *
Email Address (use your UC email address) *
M# (for award distribution) *
Year *
Major *
Minor *
What is your relationship with the Center for Entrepreneurship? (explain briefly--if none, state that too). *
What is your business or nonprofit idea in 1- sentence? *
If awarded the $500 Spark Grant, how will you spend the funds and why will this opportunity advance your venture further? (keep it short--no more than 50-100 words) *
Send us EITHER a pitch deck OR executive summary about your venture idea. Email either with the subject header 'Spark Grant Application' to Kate Harmon at  You must email either a pitch deck or executive summary within a week of your application, or your application will not be complete.         For sample templates (for both the pitch deck and/or executive summary), feel free to use those provided here: *
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