SparkWV is an innovative idea and small business generation competition for middle and high school students in West Virginia. The competition consists of three competitive rounds. Students are invited to apply as individuals or as a team with up to four members.

SparkWV includes two tracks:
  1. BIG IDEAS: You have an idea for a product or invention that solves a problem, but you don’t necessarily have the physical resources or expertise to make it. 
    • Examples: Apps, inventions, etc.
  2. SMALL BUSINESS: You have a business idea that viable and could be started in your local community or a hobby/skill that you could sell.
    • Examples: Homemade jewelry, local coffee shop, etc.

The EdVenture Group and West Virginia Department of Education introduced SparkWV In October of 2023

Check out the SparkWV 2024 awardees

Entrepreneurs in Action

SparkWV is a rebrand of the formerly known West Virginia High School Business Plan Competition. The WV HSBPC officially ended in spring of 2023, its last competition taking place at Bridging Innovation Week in Wheeling, WV. The WVBPC has since been rebranded into IGNITE WV, a now 18+ competition. Noticing the lack in competition opportunities for middle and high school students in West Virginia, SparkWV was created to help bridge the gap.

Check out these awesome photos from previous HSBPCs below.