Delaware Valley University to Host Spark Bowl, a Shark-Tank-Like Competition

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The annual event is set up like the popular television show.

Delaware Valley University, the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce and Startup Bucks are hosting the fourth annual Spark Bowl Competition on Nov. 16 in the university’s Life Sciences Building auditorium.

Spark Bowl, a “Shark Tank”-style competition, encourages entrepreneurs, innovative businesses, and nonprofit organizations to address social, consumer, and business-oriented challenges in and around Bucks County. Prize money will be awarded to support the top three competing teams.

Sponsors will have the opportunity to support local entrepreneurs, existing businesses and nonprofit organizations wishing to impact economic growth and prosperity in Bucks County. They will also be invited to participate in a networking event prior to the Spark Bowl and have the opportunity to be featured at the event and on the Spark Bowl website Sponsorship-level information.

As part of DelVal’s experiential learning program, DelVal students will serve as business consultants for the finalist teams who will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. Businesses paired with DelVal student consultants will generate innovative, problem-solving ideas to support the economic growth and prosperity of local communities.

“Spark Bowl is the outcome of a unique and innovative cooperation between the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, Startup Bucks and the Department of Business and Information Management here at DelVal,” said Tanya Casas, Dean of The School of Business, Arts, and Sciences.

“The finalists competing work together with an advisor from DelVal’s Small Business and Entrepreneurship Center and with a student team. This collaboration provides students with a real opportunity to see first-hand some of the planning and problem solving that real businesses confront.”

Last year’s Spark Bowl winners were James Calcagni and Amoyah Gilliam, Founders of Liquid Limbs. Their first product, The Navigator, is a waterproof mobility aid designed specifically to help people with transtibial amputation navigate the shower independently.

“Winning the Spark Bowl last year was a game-changer for Liquid Limbs,” said Calcagni.

“The prize money came at a critical time for our business and allowed us to invest in key initiatives that have taken our business to the next level. We are now in a position to have an even bigger impact on the amputee community, and we owe it all to the generosity of the sponsors of the Spark Bowl program.”

Learn more about the upcoming event at Delaware Valley University.


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