SPARK School

SPARK School

A program designed to help people turn their ideas into business.


TechSPARK, Engine Shed and SETsquared initiative made possible thanks to a grant from Natwest’s Skills and opportunities fund.

SPARK School is a comprehensive course for underrepresented people looking to start a business. The course will take members from the initial idea stage, through planning and finance management to pitching their ideas

Applicants should come from underrepresented backgrounds and have a tech-enabled and scalable business idea. We define underrepresented as anyone coming from a background that means not being a Middle-Class, Straight, White, Man.

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“Very few courses offer the opportunity to interact with your tutor to the extent that SPARK School does. The course gave me a well-rounded understanding of what’s required to create, start and develop a tech idea, and company. During the 10 weeks I was able to take my idea from very early stage to building a pitch deck.

I’m excited for what the future holds, and I’m appreciative to the TechSPARK team, the SPARK School team and our teacher.”

Joyann Boyce

Graduate, SPARK School

"I am constantly surprised by the innovative new businesses here in Bristol and Bath. I’m looking forward to helping a new generation of exciting businesses and business leaders take their first steps."

Rick Chapman

Course Leader, SPARK School

SPARK School Partnership