Wed, January 29, 2014
$3.25 Million in Private Investment Opportunities for One Spark 2014 Creators
Entrepreneurs and creatives with ideas in art, innovation, music, science and technology have a few additional reasons to register their project for One Spark 2014. 3.25 million reasons to be exact. Jacksonville Jaguars Owner Shad Khan has been joined by Arsenal Venture Partners, Florida Blue, Healthbox, PS27 Ventures and UE Investors to offer up to $3.25 million in combined investment opportunities for One Spark 2014 Creator Projects.
“One Spark has my support again this year because it showcases Jacksonville, particularly downtown, and everything we have here to offer an entrepreneur,” Khan said. ”We will definitely show a preference to qualified creators who have a quality idea that perhaps needs financial support to become reality, and then would be willing to do business here in Jax. I wish the participants good luck.”
In light of this announcement, One Spark has decided to extend the Creator Registration deadline to allow ample time for this exciting news to spread. The new dates for Creator Registration and Matchmaking go into effect immediately:
How to Apply
Registered Creator Projects that match to a One Spark Venue during Matchmaking will have the ability to apply for investment opportunities at BeOneSpark.com from March 3-28, 2014. Those considered will be asked to meet with the selecting firm’s representatives in the weeks to follow.
Additional Funding Opportunities
In addition to $3.25 million in private investment opportunities, One Spark 2014 offers a $310,000 prize structure as well as unlimited individual contributions from over 150,000 attendees and backers around the globe. Here’s how the prize structure breaks down:
Crowdfund: Collect votes from attendees that translate into a percentage of the $200,000 crowdfund distributed solely by popular vote.
Category Awards: The top-voted Creator Project in each category - art, innovation, music, science and technology - will collect an extra $10,000.
Juried Awards: Juries of subject matter experts in each category will select their favorite Creator Project to receive a $10,000 award.
Individual Contributions: The Creator Project that receives the most in overall monetary contributions from attendees and backers through the One Spark site/app will receive an additional $10,000 award.
In addition to numerous early stage funding opportunities, One Spark 2014 Creators will receive valuable market feedback and validation from more than 150,000 attendees. Attendees will ranges from curiosity seekers and early adopters to industry experts and angel investors -- all looking to engage, connect and be inspired.