Welcome to the Spark Growth portfolio! Here you’ll get a glimpse of some of our work across sectors, from business and program development to our work in communities. If you have any questions, please connect with our experts to get your questions answered and problems solved.

At Spark Growth, we connect the dots to grow people, businesses, and communities.

Development Consulting

Roots Technology Education

Launching a new EdTech company with development of the business model, market segments, value propositions, funding preparation, team development, and technology tool specification. Additional development of certification requirements, and determining how to take the business to scale.

Allied Global ITS - Soft Landing

A soft landing project - advising the growth and market-readiness of a multi-national corporation's spin-off Technical Services division. Defined messaging, business model canvas, value propositions, service differentiation, team development, high performance sales training, infrastructure, prospect identification, referrals, strategic partners. Aided in expansion readiness for the USA market.

F1 in Schools - Education

The F1 in Schools program currently operates in 51 countries as the world's largest and most comprehensive STEM competition. Creating a sustainable business model and scaling the program to all US states and Canadian provinces.

Skyway Acquisitions

Determined unique value propositions with team, refined expansion plans, created and trained employees on high-performance sales process.

Sitework Supplier

Devised a system for making more money in less time without hiring more resources.

Walsh Wealth Management

Developed market and messaging, tech interface, and coordinated website refresh for Florida expansion.

American Victory Ship - Innovation Challenge

Spark Growth won the Synapse Innovation Challenge pitch competition, where we defined a sustainable business model, short/mid/long term development projects, and mentoring.

Engagement Programs

Smart Cities Innovation Accelerators

A series of Accelerator programs connecting leading Smart Cities as part of an initiative of the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH). Our Accelerators are intensive, 3-day collaborative learning workshop sessions. Smart Cities Innovation Accelerators bring together C-level decision-makers from top Smart Cities, industry partners, and communities of industry influencers to work together to solve common problems.

Toward Smarter Communities

An initiative Spark Growth launched at the Synapse conference in 2018. Bringing together government entities for iterative workshop sessions in several regions around Florida to share ideas and accelerate implementation of Smart projects through collaboration. Combined regional efforts into larger collaborations to share what was learned, launched several large-scale inter-governmental projects around the state.

NTT #HapData and Safer Cities

Designed a series of virtual community engagement between cities and industry partners, overviewing successful initiatives and designed for hearing feedback as the voice of the customer. Refined unique positioning of global capabilities and value proposition for the two Global-100 companies.

Ecosystem and Economic Development

Entrepreneur - Investor - Resource Networks

Station 2 Innovation

Building community and growing entrepreneurial businesses in our hometown of Bradenton, FL and beyond with coworking, business mentoring, weekly public education sessions and much more. We’re certified in Business Incubation Management by the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA).

Spark Growth - 3.0 Leaders

Convening extraordinary regional and global leaders, “heroes” in establishing innovation cultures to address the tough issues that are facing us all today. What are the latest trends? What questions should you be asking? Where are they investing their time and money, and why?

DaVinci’s Faire

Multi-generational sensory-rich community engagement centered around science, technology, makers, inventors and lifelong learners in an unique open-spaces format.

TiE Tampa Bay

As the world’s largest investor and entrepreneur organization, the Tampa Bay chapter is one of the fastest growing chapters in the world. Sara Hand was the Emcee (twice) for annual TiECon conference, and the Program Chair for two years. Spark Growth has worked with the organization over multiple years, defining the sponsorship program and doing business development work with the board.

Gulf Coast Venture Forum

Formerly an Angel Investor network with HQ in Naples and a chapter in Sarasota. As chapter President, Sara Hand created significant engagement in the Sarasota community between investors, and outward into the entrepreneur community.

Community Engagement Projects

TEDx Salons Production

Spark Growth produced multiple TEDx Salon events in Sarasota and Bradenton, FL. We also participated in the 12.12.12 Innovation Event at the Ringling Museum.

Seeding a Region in Strategic Doing

As an outgrowth of certification in Strategic Doing practice, our cornerstone projects involved convening large organizational groups to teach them the language of doing. Groups include: Entrepreneur community at TB Wave, Education Leaders in Manatee/Sarasota, NFP Leaders in Manatee/Sarasota, and various school and community groups.