Spark Fund

The Spark Fund is a fund for first-time student entrepreneurs at Memorial University.

If you are new to entrepreneurship and need some guidance to get started, this fund is for you.

We'll help you use up to $500 to test the potential of your idea and you'll receive mentoring on how to maximize the effectiveness of the money you spend and increase the learning per dollar spent.



“I wake up every morning and think to myself, ‘How far can I push the company forward in the next 24 hours?’” — Leah Busque, founder and CEO, TaskRabbit 


The Details


  • Student teams or individuals of whom at least 50% are enrolled at Memorial University;
  • Applicants must be either actively enrolled in or a graduate of a MCE program;
  • Have completed a lean canvas for your idea;
  • Applicants must be working on/in pre-revenue startups with no sales and have not received any government or private funding (Family/own funding is acceptable);
  • Have not yet taken advantage of the Spark, Ignite, or Mel Woodward Cup Funding for the same or similar business idea;
  • The use of funds is not limited to certain eligible expenses but make sure to check what expense categories MCE funding won’t cover here.

Eligibility will be determined at the sole discretion of the Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Applications are will be accepted on a continuous basis until all the funding has been awarded to students. 

How to apply
  • Submit a one-minute video OR audio pitch of the idea (selfie videos from your phone are accepted)
  • Complete a lean canvas for the idea
  • Complete the timeline template
  • Explain the suggested use of funds

Each application will undergo the review process, and we will reach out to you once we have made a decision on your application. If you need help with completing the lean canvas, book a meeting with us here.

If you have any questions, make sure to send us an email.