Some are content to work a job and then go home and try to forget all about it. This is not the case for Marc Sparks. Sparks has been an entrepreneur for his entire life, starting young building startups from the ground up. He’s had a number of trials and tribulations along the way, watching efforts fail and struggle, as well as succeed, leading to millions of dollars in profits. His newest effort, Spark Tank, continues his trend of success in a big way.
Spark Tank encourages entrepreneurs of all ages and backgrounds to innovate new ways of helping others through business. The basic idea is simple, $5,000. What would you do with $5,000 that could change lives. Applicants are whittled down to a top three, who then make their final ten minute presentations in person. All applicants must be a 501c3 organization with at least a two year history. The contest excludes political committees, faith based initiatives (except those for nonreligious based services) and national charities.
Marc Sparks released a book about his long road to success titled They Can’t Eat You. In it, he documents his tenacity and his ambition through the highs and lows of his lengthy career. Starting in telecommunications, Marc built up his career entrepreneur style, eventually turning to his present day venture capitalist status.
This venture capitalism has led Marc to the philanthropy that informs Spark Tank. His real passion project was the Samaritan Inn, a homeless shelter in his home town of Dallas Texas. He started this hugely successful “hand up not hand out” organization in the 1980s, and it currently houses an average of 160 residents at a time. Learn more about Marc Sparks: http://www.amazon.com/They-Cant-Eat-Marc-Sparks/dp/0990495000 and http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marcsparks
It includes such facilities as family counseling, financial education, and job services. Other charitable ventures have included Habitat for Humanity and the Sparky’s Kids Foundation, which donates computers to schools in need. Read more: @msparks5010
Marc’s experience in both business and philanthropy can’t guarantee success, but it can give it a great boost. Spark Tank, at the very least, should result in some great ideas that have the potential to change the world.