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SPARK Press Release Final 5.12.11

SPARK Press Release Final 5.12.11

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Written by Maliha Mustafa (5/12/11).
SPARK Chicago is a six-day incubation contest that provides select applicants with free access to mentors, active investors, and services needed to build a viable company. The program is unique in that it provides donated development, and marketing services for startups to build out their infrastructure.

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Written by Maliha Mustafa (5/12/11).
SPARK Chicago is a six-day incubation contest that provides select applicants with free access to mentors, active investors, and services needed to build a viable company. The program is unique in that it provides donated development, and marketing services for startups to build out their infrastructure.

www.sparkweek.com

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SPARK Chicago to help launch three new Chicago startups For Immediate Release Contact: Maliha Mustafa, 646

-932-2643, maliha@technori.com

New Incubation Contest Wants to Help You Launch Your Next Business Idea SPARK Chicago, a new incubation competition, will help create three new businesses in partnership with Startup Weekend. SPARK invites applicants who have a web-based or mobile application idea to apply to its inaugural program, which entails six days of intense incubation. Ideas from all industries are accepted. The winners will receive over $100,000 of donated business services and mentorship from leading entrepreneurs. All 60 participants have the chance to pitch live in front of angel and venture capital investors who will judge the competition. The final winner will receive a large cash grant up to $15,000. “We want to give these companies every fighting chance for success,” says Maliha Mustafa, co-founder of SPARK. “We’ve lined up leading service providers, including legal, programming, development, and creative teams to provide their expertise.” Local Startup Weekend organizer Mark Bertrand adds, “We’re excited to partner with SPARK because it takes our mission a step further by enabling the startups to further build out their infrastructure, positioning them to be viable businesses well after the contest.” Applications are being reviewed as they are received and are accepted until July 1st. Applying and participating are free. The competition will be held from July 22 to July 27. Participants will form teams, decide on an idea and business model, and build a working prototype. Final pitches and judging take place Wednesday, July 27th at Merchandise Mart. SPARK Chicago invites the public to attend. For more information visit www.sparkchi.com. About SPARK Chicago: SPARK Chicago is a six-day incubation contest that provides select applicants with free access to mentors, active investors, and services needed to build a viable company. The program is unique in that it provides donated development and marketing services for startups to build out their infrastructure. About Startup Weekend: Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. The 54-hour event inspires entrepreneurs to launch startups. Media Contact: Maliha Mustafa, mobile: 646-932-2643, maliha@technori.com Co-Founder & Director of Marketing SPARK Chicago

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