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OneSpark Is Back Next Month, Irma Forces Creator Deadline Extension

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Jacksonville Jaguars Everbank Field To Play Host To More Intimate OneSpark Event October 6th and 7th.

OneSpark began as one of the largest celebrations in the country of entrepreneurship, creativity, art and startups. The first OneSpark Festival in 2013 brought the concept of crowdfunding offline turning the entire downtown corridor of Jacksonville into one gigantic mega crowdfunding festival. Seeing was believing as over one hundreds thousand people experienced the magic of OneSpark.

The next three years nibletz.com and our sister site at the time Techfaster.com were national media partners for the event as well as jurors and judges for various competitions.

One of the things we liked best about OneSpark is how the entire startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem from CoWork Jax to Stache Investments and everyone in between came together to bring the vision of serial entrepreneur Elton Rivas to life.

As with many entrepreneurial events, Rivas and his crew left an amazing mark in downtown Jacksonville spurring up several other innovation, creativity, maker and startup movements that are still going on today. OneSpark also continues today and next month it will debut a more intimate model with the same overarching theme, bringing crowdfunding, ideas, and innovation to life.

The new OneSpark will be held at EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, an organization that has supported OneSpark in one way or another since it’s inception. Unlike the original festival which was amazing to attend but a headache for logistics, everything will be under one roof with wifi throughout, climate control and plenty of parking.

Over 100 creators will be divided into zones to show off their creation. There will be between 25-30 creators per zone in the following categories:

EdSpark*
TechSpark*
HealthSpark*
SocialSpark* (socially good startups)

There will also be Spark Tank competitions. A few lucky creators, selected by judges, will be invited to participate in a Spark Tank pitch competition within each zone. Each zone winner will receive $5,000 and advance to the SparkTank championship. The grand prize winner of the entire event will receive $20,000 which will take place in the stadium suite of Jaguars owner Shad Khan on Saturday.

The original creator application deadline was pushed back so that interested parties could focus on Hurricane preparation last week. The new deadline is this Saturday night (September 16th) at midnight eastern time. Interested creators can apply here. If selected there will be a $125 registration fee.

We’ve covered OneSpark since the beginning check out some of our previous coverage here