THE SPARK FUND

We’re here to fund, launch, and grow Northeastern’s transformational technologies and market-breaking companies.

ANNOUNCING THE SPRING 2021 SPARK FUND AWARDEES

ABOUT US

The Spark Fund is an evergreen fund dedicated to funding and growing next generation university-affiliated technologies.

We seek to invest in licensing or spinout opportunities with identifiable commercial potential. 

IMPORTANT DATES

There are two main investment cycles per year.
Off cycle investments will be considered.

Application open: December 1, 2020
Application deadline: January 15, 2021
End of evaluation: February 15, 2021
Funding starts: February 16, 2021

INFORMATION SESSIONS:

December 2, 2020 | 12:00PM—12:30PM
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December 17, 2020  | 12:00PM—12:30PM
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TARGET INVESTMENTS

We target early stage ventures and technologies; awarding up to $250k investment per opportunity.

We are generalists here at the Spark Fund. From healthcare to mechanical engineering, our aim is to fund great innovations from wherever they arise. 

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ELIGIBILITY

To be considered for funding, your application must meet the following criteria:

NORTHEASTERN RESEARCHERS

Funding for this category aims to advance technology for industry licensing and/or establish a technologic basis for launching a new venture.

  • Faculty, post-docs or graduate students are eligible
  • The technology must be formally disclosed to Northeastern University. Learn about disclosing here.

 

COMPANIES

Funding for this category aims to accelerate a company’s position in the marketplace and maximize impact.
 

  • Must have an option or license from Northeastern (only pre-seed startups, must not be raising or have raised priced round).

We provide impact through:

Supporting Entrepreneurs

The Spark Fund supports entrepreneurs throughout stages of their venture lifecycle.

PROVIDING
KNOWLEDGE

We elevate the Northeastern community by providing opportunities to learn about research commercialization.

EMPOWERING RESEarCHERS

We provide a way for innovators to extend their ground-breaking work beyond basic research.

SOCIETAL
IMPACT

We seek and support ventures and technologies that can greatly benefit society.