Two of Jacksonville’s prized assets will join forces with the World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival to enhance One Spark 2016. The One Spark team announced today that Florida Coastal School of Law (Coastal Law) and the JAX Chamber will be co-title sponsors of the One Spark Academy, an educational asset to the festival, which takes place April 7-9, 2016 in Downtown Jacksonville.
One Spark Academy is entering its second year as a formal program. The academy offers educational programming and support to Creators following the festival, so that they can best capitalize on their One Spark experience. One Spark Academy originated in 2013, then called “Campfire Chats,” and has since expanded into a full curriculum program. Offered courses will allow experts to share their inside knowledge on topics such as market validation, marketing and public relations, and crowdfunding.
“This is really about doing all we can to help make sure the Creators with great ideas are armed with the tools needed to succeed,” said One Spark CEO Elton Rivas. “We are thrilled to have great community partners in the JAX Chamber and Florida Coastal School of Law to help expand the One Spark Academy in 2016.”
The academy will feature a mix of both online and in-person courses, to reach both Jacksonville and out-of-market Creators alike. Many offerings will be free of charge. Thanks to the new partnerships, individual paid courses will be only $20 in 2016. Local branding specialist Al Emerick will once again lead many of the courses, with additional instructors participating from the region and outside of the Jacksonville market.
One Spark will hold a formal kick-off to the academy with its first free course, “Creator Foundations,” in mid-January. That course will take place at the Jessie Ball duPont Center in Downtown Jacksonville. A weekend-long One Spark Bootcamp will also be offered, which will serve as a recap of key highlights from many of the individual courses. Full course dates will be available in January 2016 on the One Spark’s creator academy website. Pre-registration is now open and Creators that pre-register will receive a 10 percent discount on all paid courses.
The Creator application period for One Spark 2016 is still open, and runs through Jan. 29, 2016. This year’s festival features a streamlined footprint, with Creators grouped by category in Creator Districts. The Districts include Arts & Culture, Education, Lifestyle, Health & Wellness, Social Good, and Technology & Engineering. Each District will host up to 50 expert-curated projects.