Since 2013 the Spark Tank Social Enterprise Pitch Fest has invested more than $100,000 and helped catalyze more than 50 social businesses solving community problems in Fresno.

This ministry of business sponsored by the Fresno Pacific University Center for Community Transformation has attracted churches and conscientious faith entrepreneurs who care about their community. And its back for 2021—anyone with an idea to pitch needs to know the following dates for their opportunity to be part of awards up to $25,000.

February 24 | 5:00 p.m. Deadline to Submit to Spark Tank
Proposals to submit at the 2021 Spark Tank are due. This year the application includes a written (see the Social Business Plan Template) and a video portion. Apply at: Spark Tank Application

March 27 | Social Enterprise Academy
This social enterprise accelerator will take your social enterprise concept from idea to start-up and from start to scale in just two months. Hosted over four Saturdays—March 27, April 10, April 24, May 8—entrepreneurs will work on community testing, innovating and launching their products/services.
Contact Carlos.Huerta@fresno.edu for more information or call 559-453-2374.

May 20 | 3:00-5:00 p.m. Spark Tank
Celebrate with the winners of the 2021 Spark Tank and hear their exciting plans and inspiring models. Register to attend this free, virtual event at cct-2021-spark-tank-tickets.eventbrite.com

Eligible enterprises must have a financially profitable revenue stream, a strategic social impact goal that can be measured and managed and a plan to operate in an environmentally responsible manner.

CCT connects the strengths of FPU with the resources of the region to transform cities. Part of the Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary, CCT supports entrepreneurial creativity, spiritual freedom, economic vitality and justice, environmental integrity, cross-cultural/social collaboration and political health in the Central Valley. 

Spark Tank is the Valley’s only social enterprise pitch fest, boasting a start-up success rate double the national average. Social enterprise uses the principles of business to get beyond charity and address specific community problems.

For more information on Spark Tank, contact Carlos Huerta, CCT associate director, at 559-453-2374, carlos.huerta@fresno.edu or check the CCT website cctfresno.org/social-enterprise/

 

 

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Wayne Steffen
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