Sparking Social Change: Spark Tank

“Shark Tank” is a show that has undoubtedly had at least a bit of an effect on the overall GDP in the United States. They have funded and launched great companies, and when I watch all I can think is how lucky we are to have that group of investors who are willing to listen to entrepreneurs, and fund a good idea.

Marc Sparks has a pretty good idea these days as well. He has started the eponymous “Spark Tank”. The end result of his show is much the same as Shark Tank, however, on his show he is the only person funding, and the audience is made up of people with business ideas with a social focus.

Most every single successful company in this country, and likely the hemisphere for that matter, benefitted in some way or another by VC in the course of their evolution.

That said, it was once very hard to find VC, and those with an appreciable amount of wealth were managed by another smallish circle who would bring them deals, and they would decide if they wanted to invest.

This was part of vetting, but because it was so closed-door, a lot of companies, that perhaps may have had some good ideas, never made it because they were precluded from having access to these small, insular circles.

“Spark Tank” will serve to bridge even more gaps between people who are looking to get VC for their companies, and who otherwise don’t have sufficient credit or access to investors looking to help them along. His entire focus is on social entrepreneurs with businesses that are going to change the world. This is yet another way “Spark Tank” separates itself from other shows in this category. Read more: They Can’t Eat You: My Unorthodox Path To Outrageous Success and Marc Sparks’s Books and Publications Spotlight

From the acclaimed author of “They Can’t Eat You: My Unorthodox Path To Outrageous Success,” this show will serve to combine great ideas with the dollars they need to grow and effect change in the world.

Marc Sparks is a Dallas entrepreneur who took a homeless shelter from a very humble, small structure to a $3,000,000 per year operation that houses and feeds roughly 200 people per day.

Another important piece of their very altruistic venture was establishing transitional housing for those looking to get out of the homeless shelter system in North Texas, and eventually get into their own apartments.

“Spark Tank” is the direct result of all the good work they have done, and the idea was to get social service executives to present ideas that would eventually create social success. Applications for “Spark Tank” must be submitted by July 15, 2016, and then finalists must present their ideas live on the show at a later date. Learn more about Marc Sparks: and

The idea is simple: “Spark Tank” wants to see the need, the idea, and how a company will measure results based on ameliorating the need. “Spark Tank” will likely be on ABC after Shark Tank soon enough!