JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Of the 190 creators who applied for 2016’s First Wednesday Spark Walk Creator Showcase, 70 creators have been selected, with 66 accepting invitations to participate.
A hand-picked jury evaluated each application and determined which projects have the greatest potential for success at their current stage.
The selected creators will be situated along Laura Street between Adams Street and The Jacksonville Landing, and will be able to showcase their ideas from noon to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6. Creators will be able to receive real market validation, raise funds, sell approved wares, build contact lists, promote individual crowdfunding campaigns and network with other creators.
2016’s Spark Walk creators
Project name, creator
Adsmoi: An Alternative to Traditional Fundraising, Alvin Kennedy
Slouchy Beanies: Beanies that Make a Statement, Amanda Massingill
Waffle Foods, Andrea Koralweski
Prescribe Exercises, Anthony Duran
DIY Auto Hobby Shop, Anthony Knighton
Home Grown, Bethany Sutherland
Youth-Basketball-Camps.com, Blake Stockton
Visionary Coffee, Brandon Wesley
Scent-A-Mental Notes, Bridgette Hogan
3D Printed Figurines, Bryce Pfanenstiel
Stand Perfect, Chad Jasmine
Electric Bicycles for Jacksonville, Charlie Fetzer
Ingot LLC, Christie Chirinos
Out on a Limb with Forgotten Fruit.org, Chuck Ward
Ponch-O-Pillow, Clayvin Richards
Double Doggie, Cody Vincent
L337 Bar, Cole Pelzer
DIGITZ, Curtis Ceballos
Personal Portable Tables, Cynthia Rainge
All Access Health, Dante Hall
The Orange Barrels, Darren Patterson
The Big Band Project 2.0, Dennis Negrin
Jacksonville Reclaimed Wood, Don Myers
PopUpConnect.com, Doug Glenn
Clinical Simulation Education Devices, Elizabeth Benson
Recycling Cards Project - Papa Cartão, Estela de Paula
Ferox Urbs, Fletcher Stark
Mangobeat, Germain Ekamby
Modasten, Gil Dror
Reviticell Kits, Greg Bendis
TenantTag, Greg Dyer
GYO GREENS, Helga Tan Fellows
The Urban Apple Market, Jakumi and Ariane Randolph
Herodicus, James Higbe
TopXNotes 2.0, James Lee
Shngli - Mobile/Web-Application, Jean Fils
LST Tops, Joe Davis
People's Food Co-op, John Leacock
Agrowbot Trays (Hydroponic Farming), Jonathan Moore
Sea to Sea Turmeric Tea, Jonathon Fletcher
Toroid Turbine, Jose Morales
Tarzan Group, Julia and Wayne Nelson
Unhidden Face Masks, Julian Bungubung
The Lock Watch, Keith and Tanya Cole
Preflator Tire Inflator, Kirk Yates
Beauty For Freedom, Kristy Alexander
Alliance for Regenerative Medicine in Microgravity (ARMM), Lawrence Harvey
ViaClarus, Liz Pierce
Fantasy Crowd, Luis Lugo
Sprag Clutch Freehub, Marcus Polito, Ryan Rillstone, Ryan Miller
Build Downtown, Matthew David
Champaint777, Melody Taylor
Bedder Covers, Michael DelCharco
Recycled Granite Manufacturing Facility Expansion, Michael Serig
VESTPAKZ, Michael Wooley
The Sweet Spot, Michelle McInnis
Alzwear Inc., Nicole Miller
Donasity, Oliver Brown
Apps Studio, Pandurang Yachwad
Cloop XL, Raul Vecchione
Mag Moto, Richard Patrone
Ratchet Jacket, Richard Phelan
SIAD Nanophotonic Water Purification, Robert Duthie
MOOI DESIGNS, Sandra Dawson
Dream Realty Artificial Intelligence Real Estate Search, Sheldon Goldberg
Kash Kids, Twyla Prindle-Ivey
For details on each creator project, please visit onespark.com/2016-spark-walk-creators.
In addition, 39 of the creator applicants have been invited to showcase their projects inside the Jacksonville Landing during an offshoot event titled Spark Walk Idea Market.
Spark Walk combines the art and energy of a monthly Art Walk with a one-day One Spark Creator Showcase. The day-long public event will take place April 6 from noon to 10 p.m. The event is a collaboration between One Spark Inc. and DVI, the producers of First Wednesday Art Walk.
The public event will span 15 blocks and is designed to celebrate the creative energy of Northeast Florida creators, innovators, entrepreneurs, and champions of meaningful social and cultural projects. Art Walk artists and performers will be situated in and around Hemming Park and throughout downtown businesses, with One Spark creators lining Laura Street and located inside the Jacksonivlle Landing. Spark Walk will also feature two music stages and a dynamic and eclectic food truck village.
Of the creators chosen to participate, One Spark Ventures will also pre-select the top projects and invite those creators to participate in a One Spark Venture Spark Tank event on Thursday, April 7. This private event will allow the selected creator to present their ideas in front of a panel of judges for validation, feedback and guidance.
The top three creators, as judged by the panel, will be awarded access to the Microsoft BizSpark Plus program, valued at $120,000. The top creator will be awarded the One Spark Ventures seat in a future PS27 Ventures Academy/Accelerator Program.
The creator Innovation Day conference is a celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship on the First Coast, taking place April 7 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. This day-long program features 60 speakers and is open to the general public.
Programming includes keynote addresses from Made In Space and Espero Pharmaceuticals leadership, expert presentations, panels, breakout sessions, and workshops teaching best practice skills to help entrepreneurs in four needed areas: innovating your business, funding your business, protecting your business, and running your business.
Representatives from local organizations and the growing Jacksonville entrepreneurial ecosystem will also provide insight about the services they offer and how entrepreneurs can access these resources. A full-day hackathon (“HackaJax”) will pit teams of college and high school students against each other to solve a real life challenge Jacksonville faces. The conference will be valuable for everyone who supports innovation in northeast Florida.
Curated by Jax Community of Entrepreneurs and One Spark Ventures, the intent is to give participants the tools and inspiration they need to take the next step in launching or growing their business in Jacksonville.
A limited number of tickets for Creator Innovation Day are still available for purchase online at creatorinnovationday.com.
Advanced-purchase tickets are available for $20, with a student rate of $15. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about sponsorships and exhibit booths.
A wrap-up networking session will follow the conference at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville’s picnic pavilion for the Jacksonville Suns home opener against the Birmingham Barons. Transportation will be provided to and from the Hyatt. The game begins at 7:05 p.m. Creator Innovation Day tickets include the cost of admission to the ballpark.