• #SPARKHOLLYWOODFL May 17th, 2018 | 6 - 8pm. Help us spread the word throughout the business community hashtag us with good vibes.


    we see ideas that work.
    we connect people to ignite work.

    May 17th, 2018 | 6 - 8 P.M.

    SPARK Hollywood is an event that promotes innovation and entrepreneurship for local startups, entrepreneurs, small businesses and inventors in Hollywood and South Florida. The event has three main objectives:

    (1) provide a competition for selected contestants to pitch their idea or invention to a panel of judges to win prizes.

    (2) provide an opportunity for start-ups to showcase their ideas, inventions and products during a “trade show” open to the public.

    (3) provide an opportunity for early-stage entrepreneurs to learn about resources available in the City of Hollywood and the rest of the South Florida region while networking with potential investors and experts who may help start their ventures or grow existing endeavors.

    There are no “typical applicants” for SPARK Hollywood. Entrepreneurs and ideas come from every walk of life, every industry sector, and every age group. Contestants can be individuals or a team developing an idea. Some entrepreneurs may have a new business which is already marketing and selling while others may only have a business concept and are working to get to market. Ideas and innovative products may be at any stage of development from creation of concept to a finished product or business.

    SPARK Hollywood will be held on Thursday, May 17th, 2018 from 6 to 8pm in Downtown Hollywood at Circ Hollywood Hotel. Selected contestants will have the opportunity to give a three-minute presentation of their innovative idea/business to a panel of judges comprised of local community leaders, investors, and professionals. The judges will select the contestants whose ideas will be awarded first, second, and third place prizes based on a variety of criteria.

    What’s included :

    • Over $10,000 in cash and in kind prizes.
    • Network with like minded individuals.
    • Meet sponsors who can help you bring your idea to life (not to mention a few deep pockets that are looking for investment opportunities!).
    • Did we mention the music and cash bar?



    Circ Hollywood
    1780Polk St.,
    FL 33020

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    If you have the next great idea or business, click the Apply link below. Applications must be submitted before
    April 21st, 2018.


    We believe great ideas can be discovered anywhere and so we look for them everywhere. We believe in ideas that create new ways to live productive lives. We believe imagination can work. No one can predict the next smart idea or the next great innovation. But we do know, innovation will move people and strenghthen communities.

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    • Josh Levy - Judge

      Mayor of Hollywood

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      Josh Levy - Judge

      Mayor of Hollywood

      Josh Levy grew up in Hollywood and graduated from Hollywood Hills High School in 1992. He attended the University of Florida where, in 1996, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Levy went on to earn a Law Degree from Nova Southeastern University, where in 2000, he graduated with Pro Bono Honors and a Certificate of Concentration in International Legal Practice. Aside from being the Mayor of Hollywood, Levy currently serves as General Counsel and oversees Corporate Development for his family’s Hollywood-based automobile dealership.

      Levy first began public service with the City 18 years ago, when he served as a law clerk in the City of Hollywood City Attorney’s Office. Later, he was appointed by the Hollywood City Commission to serve as a member of the City’s Planning & Development Board, a position which Levy held for twelve years. Over the years, Levy also served as President, Director and Education Committee Chairperson of the Hollywood Hills Civic Association. Levy is a graduate of the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Hollywood program, the Hollywood Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy and is a recipient of the City of Hollywood’s Great Neighborhoods Challenge Community Spirit Award. Levy is also an active member of the Hollywood Historical Society, the Rotary Club of Hollywood, the Broward County Tourist Development Council, and CareerSource Broward. Levy and his wife, Jacqueline, have two young children, Madeline age seven and Jacob age four. During his term as Mayor, Levy is committed to improving neighborhoods, ensuring public safety, helping to improve public schools and stimulate economic growth and job creation.

    • Dan Gudema - Judge

      Founder StartupPOP

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      Dan Gudema - Judge

      Founder StartupPOP

      Dan is an entrepreneur, speaker and writer on startups, online dating, web analytics and big data. Over the past 3 years Dan has run 19 Tech Startup Pitch Events out of Boca Raton called StartupPOP and is expanding StartupPOP nationally. Dan co-founded several startups, the most well known being Pre-Dating Speed Dating, the largest speed dating event company in the US. Dan has worked in management or as a consultant for Bell Atlantic, Office Depot, NTT Corp, Victoria's Secret and abc distributing. Dan has written 4 books on Tech Startups available on Amazon.com. Dan has an MBA from FAU and a BA from University of Maryland.

    • John D. Saunders - Judge

      5Four Digital Founder

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      John D. Saunders - Judge

      5Four Digital Founder

      John D. Saunders is a Digital Marketing Strategist with 8+ years experience in building brands online. Working with brands like Land Rover, Audi and the NAACP, he has utilized Website Development, Content Marketing and Social Media to create marketing campaigns that resonate with the consumer. His main focus is to provide VALUE to business owners and entrepreneurs through actionable marketing tactics. Launching an online course with more than 1,900 active students, John hopes to continue spreading digital marketing knowledge around the world and providing stellar marketing tactics via his Marketing Agency, 5Four Digital.

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    Hollywood, FL 33020



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