Mark Sparks is a name that is well known in Dallas. The bearer of the name can be described as many things: a serial entrepreneur, businessman, venture capitalist, author, passionate philanthropist, telecommunication specialist and entrepreneurs’ entrepreneur. His journey to success as outlined in his book titled “They Can’t Eat You: My Unorthodox Path to Outrageous Success” is just amazing. Sparks has defied all the odds to achieve his enviable success despite graduating from college with an average of C+. He also does not hold any college degree.
Marc Sparks started his business career immediately after graduating from high school. He has served as the chief executive officer at several private companies in Dallas. Currently, he is the President of Timber Creek Company. As a telecommunication specialist, Sparks offers information and technology solutions to many of his clients across the globe. He has excelled in this field as well.
According to Angel.co, Sparks is among the few who have not forgotten where they were even after rising to the top. He understands very well that great success and power also comes with great responsibility. He is, therefore, keen to give back to the society. That is why he has established several foundations and organizations that provide many needy residents with basic needs.
His generosity is not only in giving monetary contributions but also valuable advice to help other entrepreneurs rise as well. His belief is that every individual in society has an equal chance to prosper in life. Having also founded many companies, Sparks knows that lack of start-up money can kill dreams of many aspiring entrepreneurs.
To help many realize their entrepreneurship aspirations, he has established Spark Tank Innovation Challenge to help social entrepreneurs with excellent ideas that can greatly impact the community. Through the innovation challenge, Sparks aims at encouraging hard-working, creative and passionate people, just like him, to help make this world a better place to live.
Those who wish to participate in the challenge are required to apply online. The only eligible applicants are 501c3 organizations that have been in operation for at least two years. The organizations that are not eligible include political action committees, national charities and United Way charities. Faith-based initiatives are also not eligible as far as they are meant for religious purposes. Learn more about Marc Spark: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1132595
The Spark Tank panel carefully reviews all the applications made from where it selects three finalists who are required to present their ideas in person before the panel on a designated date. Each finalist is given a maximum of 10 minutes to make the presentation and 10 minutes for Q&A session. The winner is presented with a check of $5,000 together with a trophy.
Two rounds of the innovation challenge have already been completed, and the winners granted their $5,000. Applications for round three of the challenge are ongoing with the deadline being Oct. 1, 2016.