The CECAS SPARK Challenge is a two-semester program and pitch competition that seeks to support students and their ideas in the areas of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. CECAS-majority teams of students can apply to receive up to $500 in development funds that will cover the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. As part of the program, they receive mentorship and support from representatives of the campus I&E ecosystem, and attend required workshops by DEN, SPIRO, and WATT. Student-teams will select a discipline-specific faculty/staff mentor to assist them with spending of prototyping funds. Following the development of their ideas, student-teams will pitch their innovations in March 2021 to a panel of esteemed judges, for a chance to win cash prizes and (pandemic-permitting) a free trip to California to meet successful entrepreneurs and alumni.