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CCA Sparks is a new business pitch competition and mentorship program for undergraduate and graduate students at California College of the Arts, launching in the Spring of 2020, designed to support students in learning about the creation of new business ventures, and foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship at CCA.

Students will receive training and support on developing their ideas and business plans throughout the program, and compete in front of a live audience and panel of judges for cash prizes during a live pitch event in the spring.


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. Participants will be trained by Bay Area non-profit organization Intersection for the Arts. CCA Sparks signifies the institution’s commitment to preparing students for successful careers as artists and entrepreneurs.


Applications OPEN: Tuesday, January 21, 2020

  • Thursday, January 23, 2020
    • 3:00pm–4:00pm in Main Building, E3 (San Francisco)
  • Friday, January 24, 2020
    • 3:00pm–4:00pm in B Building, B6 (Oakland)
  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020 *with Amy Kweskin from Intersection for the Arts
    • 3:00–4:00pm in B Building, B5 (Oakland)
  • Thursday, January 30, 2020 *with Amy Kweskin from Intersection for the Arts
    • 11:00am–12:00pm in 80 Carolina St., Conference Room 101 (San Francisco)
    • 3:00–4:00pm in 80 Carolina St., Conference Room 101 (San Francisco)

Register for all info. sessions online using Handshake.

Important Dates

Applications Open: Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Application Deadline: Monday, February 10, 2020

*Arts Accelerator (Day 1) : Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 1:00-5:00pm in Nave Alcove, SF Campus

*Arts Accelerator (Day 2): Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 1:00pm-5:00pm in Location TBD, SF Campus

*Business Plan LAB : Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 8:00am-4:00pm in 1111 Eighth St., E1, SF Campus

CCA Sparks "Practice Pitch" Event: Friday, April 3, 2020

CCA Sparks Final Pitch Event: Friday, April 17, 2020

See a full list of dates and deadlines here.

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

Questions? Contact Diana Chávez or Nicole Mueller in the Office of Career Development at for questions about CCA Sparks. For any questions about international student eligibility, please contact the ISAP Office at