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Last updated on Mar 24, 2021

CCA Sparks is a business pitch competition and mentorship program for undergraduate and graduate students at California College of the Arts, as well as recently graduated alumni, designed to support students in learning about the creation of new business ventures, and foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship at CCA.

Students receive training and support on developing their ideas and business plans, and compete in front of a live audience and panel of judges during a live pitch event.

✷ Applications for CCA Sparks 2021 are currently closed.

✷ CCA alumni are now eligible to apply, up to 3 years out! ✷

✷ 2021 Info. Sessions

Join us for a live informational session and Q&A on Zoom, to learn more about the program and application requirements:

Missed the live info. sessions? Watch the recording to the right to learn more.


As one of the top-ranked art and design colleges in the country, located in the heart of San Francisco, CCA is uniquely positioned to be at the forefront of arts entrepreneurship.

CCA Sparks will support artists and designers who want to become entrepreneurs and freelance artists, by providing them with a co-curricular experience to learn business plan,-concepts, and proposal skills. CCA Sparks signifies the institution’s commitment to preparing students for successful careers as artists and entrepreneurs.

Image of CCA Sparks 2020 cohort.

CCA Sparks is presented by California College of the Arts’ Career Development Office, in partnership with Intersection for the Arts.


Questions? Contact Nicole Mueller in the Office of Career Development at for questions about CCA Sparks.