Oct. 29, 2015

Built in Boise: Healthcare Investment to Glassware with a Goal

by Built in Boise

The writers, photographers, designers, builders and business-owners at Built in Boise have delved into more Boise companies to share their stories and the people behind them. From healthcare investment to glassware with a goal, here is a roundup of profiles from October... 

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May. 26, 2015

b|launched 4.0 Competition Announces Winning Company relEVENTcity

by Boise Young Professionals

RelEVENTcity has been named the winner of the Boise Young Professionals' 2015 b|launched 4.0 competition. The company has created an exciting new technology that cuts through the noise to connect people with events they love through a sleek, intuitive user experience. The competition awarded relEVENTcity $20,000 in initial seed funding and plans to progress to beta launch this fall.  

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Oct. 1, 2015

Fast Company: Boise is the 2nd Best City for Millennial Entrepreneurs

Fast Company recently released an article about the top ten cities for millennial entrepreneurs. The rankings were based on many factors including small business friendliness, startup and living costs, and market size.

The top 5 cities on the list included:

1. Birmingham, AL

2. Boise, ID

3. Boulder, CO

4. Nashville, TN

5. Manchester, NH

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May. 6, 2015

Payette Brewing Co. Named Finalist for Prestigious Award

by Payette Brewing Company

A Boise Valley craft brewery, Payette Brewing Company has been selected as a finalist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce annual DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award and the Community Excellence Award. One of the leading craft breweries in the state, Payette Brewing Company has continuously supported the Boise Valley community through their Payette Forward programs, which donate proceeds from beer sales to a featured Idaho non-profit. 

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Feb. 12, 2016

Boise Named One of Top 5 Places for Millennials

Boise came in as one of the best cities for Millennial entrepreneurs in another first-time ranking. IT training startup ITProTV talked to 8,000 business owners across the country to determine which cities have the most entrepreneur-friendly climates. As part of that survey, they looked at answers from founders under age 34 to get a better idea of those places likely to welcome young business startups.

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Feb. 8, 2016

Research Fuels Entrepreneurial Spirit in Boise

Most people think of research as the act of investigating questions and establishing facts that lead to new ways of thinking and solutions to the vexing problems that have plagued us for centuries. But research also contributes to the economic development of a community. At Boise State, our economic development mission is about leveraging the assets of the university for the economic, societal and cultural benefit of the community, state and region. These assets include our talented researchers as well as our labs, equipment and technology. In many cases, research like that conducted at all of Idaho’s universities also leads to innovative processes or products that result in new businesses and a boost to local economies. University research efforts fuel commercial activity, train a robust workforce and increase the area’s standard of living.

An example of current research poised to make a difference is a Web tool being developed by Boise State geoscientists Lejo Flores and Nancy Glenn. Funded by the Idaho Department of Agriculture, it will allow winemakers to access important information about the climate, soils and topography of a specific grape-growing location. Without research, we couldn’t come up with these kinds of end products that are so useful to society. Research leads to discovery that can be applied within the community.

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Mar. 3, 2016

Profit & Purpose: Growing a company that aims to put a dent in the universe

by ​Jess Flynn

How do you define what motivates you, what gets you out of bed each morning? If you can sum it up in 140-characters you might be onto something. For Nathaniel Mueller, CEO of SaaSfocus, his one line bio pointedly states: "If anyone ever questions my purpose or intentions they are simple. I want to do interesting, compelling and meaningful things ALL the time."

Purpose and meaning are the alchemy that fuels Mueller. Spend just ten minutes with this Meridian-based global entrepreneur and that becomes clear. The ability to do meaningful work that can 'put a dent in the universe' is at the core of the start and rapid growth of his agile consulting, design and development company SaaSfocus. “We are trying to accomplish projects where we can implement meaningful change,” says Mueller. And that is his competitive advantage, at least when it comes down to the key battleground for growth - finding talent. 

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Dec. 10, 2015

Built in Boise: Rescuing Forgotten Film to Innovating Instruments

by Built in Boise

The writers, photographers, designers, builders and business-owners at Built in Boise have connected with more Boise companies to share their stories and the people behind them. From rescuing forgotten film to innovating traditional instruments, here is the roundup of profiles from November and December…

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May. 26, 2016

GenZ Technology Readies For Global Startup Competition

The Challenge Cup Global Finals are nearly here and all of us at Trailhead couldn’t be more excited to have local winner (and Trailhead member) GenZ Technology taking part June 5 – 11 in Washington D.C.

The Challenge Cup is a global startup competition for businesses in regulated industries. Hosted by renowned startup accelerator 1776, the Challenge Cup provides a unique opportunity for companies to connect with industry experts and have a chance to win up to $1 million in funding.

This year’s global competition will feature Boise-based GenZ Technology, developer of a cutting-edge agriculture sprayer that provides great benefits for farmers, workers and the environment.

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Dec. 27, 2014

Capitol City Angels Invest in Three Local Startups

The Capitol City Angel Fund announced its latest round of investments in three small businesses: GenZ Technology and Wevorce in Boise, and Room Choice in Nampa.

The Capitol City Angel Fund is a group of local, accredited investors who help fund small, local startups. The $1.1-million fund is affiliated with the larger Boise Angel Alliance, which has invested nearly $8 million in startups. Boise Angel Alliance investments have spurred creation of more than 300 Idaho jobs, the alliance said. The latest investment totals were not disclosed. GenZ Technology designs and builds high-tech crop sprayers designed to waste less water or chemicals on vineyard and strawberry crop production. Room Choice has developed an online tool for student housing managers. Wevorce works to take the conflict out of divorces.

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Aug. 27, 2015

Techstars + Startup Grind in Boise

by Jess Flynn

"We don't need more Valleys, we need more bridges." That sentiment was the undercurrent of an energetic and packed Startup Grind Boise event this week featuring five partners from Techstars, the mentorship-driven startup accelerator.

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Feb. 18, 2015

Hackfort 2 to Spotlight, Support Growing Boise Tech Community

by ​Jess Flynn

On the heels of a successful inaugural event, Hackfort returns with an expanded program to highlight Boise’s burgeoning technology industry and attract talent to the region. Hackfort 2 is a hybrid technology conference that not only features speakers and panels covering progressive tech issues, but showcases Boise’s tech community with several networking events and even a collaborative hackathon. As the technology limb of the 2015 Treefort Music Fest, Hackfort 2 will occur March 26 to 28 at The Owyhee in downtown Boise.

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Nov. 2, 2016

Nampa Inventor Honored For “Shoe That Grows”

The man who invented a shoe that can be extended to fit growing feet for people living in poverty was awarded “Innovator of the Year” last week.

Kenton Lee of Nampa, whose nonprofit Because International provides the shoes to groups that distribute them all over the world, said he was surprised and honored by the award.

“While we try to be pretty unassuming people and just do our work, this is a good chance to toot our horn a bit, because it does spread our word about what we’re doing, because it’s something we want to do,” Lee said.

The Idaho Innovation Awards are presented by the Boise law firm Stoel Rives in partnership with the Idaho Technology Council. It is the 11th year for the program, which gives awards to people in five categories: commercialized innovation, early stage innovation, consumer product, innovative company and innovator.

A team of 35 business professionals from around the state considers nominations and picks three winners, explained Michelle Webberley, manager of the Idaho Innovation Awards and Stoel Rives’ business development coordinator.

“From what I gathered at the committee, they just thought this was a neat and innovative technology,” Webberley said of Lee’s shoe. “When they thought of the innovator of the year, they thought Kenton was innovative to start a nonprofit on his own and come up with an idea like that.”

Lee started researching how to design a shoe that can be extended to fit a child’s growing foot after a trip to an orphanage in Kenya. Providing a sturdy, leather shoe that can be extended for about five sizes helps ensure more children’s feet are covered in the poorest parts of the world.

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Jul. 28, 2016

Boise’s Creative Class Smashes All Your Stereotypes

The Treefort Music Fest began in 2012 as some music fans' passion project. It's since grown into a massive community event that celebrates Boise-grown technology, yoga, beer, food, comedy and film. Cofounder Lori Shandro Outen (who is also owner of local insurance agency the Shandro Group) explains what makes it so special.

What makes Boise a great place to be an entrepreneur?

The spirit of the people. The size of the community. The ability to effect change. I grew up in large cities, and I never felt there was anything I could do to effect change. 

A lot of things aren't perfect here, but there are enough of us who love what it is, and if we keep participating and doing what we love, I believe it will get even better.

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Apr. 14, 2016

Boise Angel Fund Backs 3 Tech Startups

The Capitol City Angel Fund, associated with the Boise Angel Alliance, says it has invested undisclosed amounts in three Boise companies over the past few months: IdeaRoom, Proskriptive, and RetroLux.

The $1 million-plus fund’s members are accredited investors. The fund makes investments in high-growth, early stage local companies. Since the Boise Angel Alliance’s founding in 2004, funds and members have invested over $12 million, mostly in local companies. The alliance says the companies have since created more than 350 jobs in Idaho.
 

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Mar. 6, 2015

Local Nonprofit Leader Lands on Forbes ‘30 under 30’ List

Curt Bowen, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Semilla Neuva, was named one of '30 social entrepreneurs under 30 to watch' by Forbes Magazine. The Boise-based nonprofit Semilla Neuva, "New Seed" in Spanish, helps hundreds of families in Guatemala by giving advice and helping farmers adapt farming techniques to increase production of foods with more nutritious value. 

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Oct. 27, 2014

Balihoo: Think Big. Execute Precisely.

Photo by BVEP

A glimpse into the up-cycled headquarters of Balihoo, which creates automated marketing software for hyperlocal campaigns

Jan. 8, 2016

Boise Tech Startup IonVR Partners with Intel

by IonVR

Boise startup Ion Virtual Technology Corporation (IonVR) and Intel Corporation revealed joint work that is pushing the technological boundaries to deliver the first untethered six degrees of freedom, hand-virtualization enabled VR experience on a mobile device – a groundbreaking immersive VR experience where people literally walk through three-dimensional space, untethered from a computer or console, to experience VR content on the Intel® RealSense™ Smartphone Developer Kit.

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Jan. 7, 2016

Treefort Music Fest Announces Latest Hackfort 365 Event: Get Your App In Gear

by Treefort Music Fest

Treefort Music Fest is excited to announce the next installment of Hackfort 365: Get Your App In Gear, hosted at Trailhead Boise (500 S 8th Street, Boise) on Tuesday, January 19th at 5:30pm. 

Get Your App In Gear is a two-part event focused on apps created for and by Boise area residents and will kick off with a presentation by the Treefort App Team. Comprised of a group of volunteers from Whitecloud Analytics, the team will showcase the all new Treefort App, reveal how they organize and how they find time and locations to work together, which major technologies they’re using to stay productive and agile and how they plan what is next and handle our feature list.

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