Social Entrepreneurs Get A Boost With the Spark Tank
With the advance of social networking around the global, social entrepreneurs are developing their skills and talents in areas that are of direct benefit to their respective communities. The advances are exciting, and the innovative ways that assistance is being offered to those who need it most is beyond phenomenal. Read more: Marc Sparks – AngelList
The Spark Tank Explained
The concept behind the Spark Tank is both simple and complex at the same time. It is simple because it takes the social entrepreneurial idea to the next level by providing a much needed financial grant to worthy organizations or individuals who are seeking to do something positive within the community.
The complexity comes into it because there are so many quality social entrepreneurs out there today that it becomes nearly impossible to determine who demonstrates the most need.
Financial Awards Available To the Winner
Marc Sparks, together with Lynne Sipiora, came up with the idea of the Spark Tank. Interested individuals or organizations are asked to present Marc Sparks and his board with an idea that is great towards generating some kind of social success – you can read more: Marc Sparks (Author of They Can’t Eat You) – Goodreads. This first year, they will have three rounds of contestants, with each winner receiving $5,000.
In their promotional material, they mention the great deeds that can be accomplished with such a quick infusion of cash, such as providing supplier for the construction of a kennel at a homeless shelter.
This has allowed homeless families to hang onto their cherished pets, providing them much needed stability at such a tumultuous time in their lives. It is this type of social entrepreneurial undertaking that is truly changing lives and society one organization at a time. Learn more about Marc Sparks: http://whoismarcsparks.com/ and http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1132595
Any social entrepreneur or organization with official 501c3 status and a minimum of two years of established history is welcome to participate in the Spark Tank. One further requirement is that the organization be within the human service, animal services, and arts sectors of society.
The Spark Tank does not accept applications from any national or United Way charity, political action committee, or religious oriented faith based initiatives.
This also means that nonreligious faith based initiatives are eligible to participate. As long as these requirements are met, and the organization is willing to meet the Spark Tank selection committee in person if selected as a finalist, then social entrepreneur should begin to create and innovate.