Feb. 12, 2015

Hardware for Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge Winners

Photo by Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge

Sneak peek at the hardware for winners of the inaugural Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge, a major state-wide business plan competition within Idaho’s colleges and universities. This series of events will scour the minds of Idaho’s brightest students for great new business ideas. Teams will turn their ideas into either plans or models, and compete for over $100,000 worth of prizes. 

The statewide finals will take place from March 4-7, hosted by Boise State University. The winning hardware is crafted by IEC sponsor Trademark Sign Company of Boise. 

Apr. 14, 2015

Boise State University TECenter Launches Entrepreneur in Residence Program

by TECenter

The TECenter is now offering an Entrepreneur-In-Residence mentoring program.  This program capitalizes on our clients who are experienced business leaders and have successfully managed a startup.  The mentors will meet regularly with fellow TECenter clients to offer perspective and insights on building a business from scratch.

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Apr. 5, 2016

Students Take Home $100,000 In Seed Funding In Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge

Fourteen teams of intrepid student entrepreneurs took home $100,000 in seed funding to bolster their businesses at the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge awards presentation April 1 at Trailhead in Boise. All 22 colleges and universities in the Gem State were invited to participate in the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge, a statewide venture competition that aims to stimulate entrepreneurship. Of the 75 competitors from around the state, 23 teams were selected as finalists. The program is directed by Boise State University’s College of Innovation and Design and College of Business and Economics, and sponsored by Zions Bank. Teams earned seed funding in the categories of health, technology, agriculture technology and social impact. Each of the four first-place teams earned $13,000 for their innovations.

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Apr. 16, 2015

MedTech Economic Development and Entrepreneur Non-Profits Develop Strategic Partnership in Idaho

by The CORE Idaho

The CORE, a non-profit focused on catalyzing the MedTech ecosystem in Idaho, and the Wayne Brown Institute (WBI) have developed a strategic partnership. The WBI is a Utah-based non-profit which educates companies through Cooperative Venturing, a mentor based training in the art and science of becoming attractive and viable investments-the essence of commercialization.

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Jan. 13, 2016

Trailhead in Boise to Participate in International Entrepreneur Competition

Boise will be one of more than 50 cities stretched across the globe hosting the Challenge Cup, an entrepreneur pitch event paying big cash awards to finalists. On Jan. 13, selected entrepreneurs will give two-minute pitches about their startups’ business models and growth plans to a panel of judges from Trailhead, Boise State University School of Innovation and the local startup community. Boise winners will advance to a regional competition in San Francisco for a chance to advance to the international finals in Washington, D.C., where judges will award more than $1 million in prizes.

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Apr. 6, 2015

Nampa Entrepreneur Organization Hosts Kick-Off Event

by TECenter

Nampa Entrepreneurs Organization (NEO), an organization that inspires to engage entrepreneurs to learn and grow by offering valuable resources will host its 1st Entrepreneur Networking “Kick-off” event Wednesday, April 8, between 4 and 6 p.m. in Downtown Nampa

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Dec. 10, 2014

Meridian Entrepreneur Shares How to Fail Your Way to Startup Success

TSheets CEO and Co-Founder Matt Rissell bares his soul on The Huffington Post to share the top three market failures his company encountered - and how each one helped shape who they are today, in his column 'How To Fail Your Way to Startup Success'.

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Apr. 27, 2016

Young Nampa Entrepreneur Creates Robot Butler

The owner of a Nampa-based startup was so inspired by the robots in the cartoon series “The Jetsons” and in the 2004 movie “I, Robot” that he moved his business to create what he calls a robot butler.

Gabe Bentz graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz. in December and pivoted Slant Concepts, the 3D printing consulting company he founded to help pay for college, into a company focused on robots.

The 23-year-old looked at several markets including San Francisco, but chose Boise because of its low cost of living and cheap business expenses. He began renting space from the Nampa TECenter in March.

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Feb. 2, 2015

Mountain Home High School Launches Entrepreneur Program

Mountain Home High School is kicking off a new program to encourage a gritty, start-up mentality in students. The program, which will begin in the fall of 2015, seeks students ages 13-18 to enroll with the end goal of turning them into successful entrepreneurs. 

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Feb. 18, 2016

7 Idaho Tech Startups to Keep an Eye On

Idaho Business Insider recently choose seven startups to watch out for in the next couple years. The products they sell and the markets they service are all very different, but the common ground that they all share is Idaho borne ingenuity. The list includes: Gen Z Technology, Inergy Holdings, SaasFocus, PsiFlow Technologies, Willoop, LandProData, and Advanced Ceramic Fibers. 

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May. 13, 2015

New Ventures Lab Taking Shape

Photo by New Ventures Lab

Signs have gone up at the New Ventures Lab, a community-based entrepreneurial hub in the heart of downtown Meridian, Idaho. 

Jun. 23, 2015

Built in Boise: Fixers to Crusaders

by Built in Boise

The passionate writers, photographers, designers, builders and business-owners over at Built in Boise have been cranking out more inspiring stories of Boise companies and the people behind them. From fixers to crusaders, here is a roundup of profiles from June... 

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Aug. 14, 2015

America’s Largest Seed Fund Comes to Boise

Calling all innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers and geeks: The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Road Tour is coming to Boise, August 20-21. The tour is a national outreach effort to convey non-dilutive technology funding opportunities through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The programs annually provide $2.5 billion in funding to small, advanced technology firms to spur new technological discoveries and facilitate the commercialization of innovations. Together, they represent America's Largest Seed Fund. 

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Apr. 18, 2016

Built in Boise: Outdoors & Innovations

by Built in Boise

The passionate writers, photographers, designers, builders and business-owners over at Built in Boise have been cranking out more inspiring stories of Boise companies and the people behind them. From outdoors to innovations, here is a roundup of profiles from February, March and April... 

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Jun. 2, 2015

Asana Climbing is “Everything Bouldering”

by Boise Valley Economic Partnership

Summed up in a couple of words, Asana Climbing is "Everything Bouldering." Asana was born in Jamey Sproull's garage in 1999. With support from the local Boise crowd, Asana began designing and marketing crash pads in 2000. Still today, 15 years later, they are deeply committed to supporting climbers and the climbing community as a whole. Asana is a manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of almost everything a boulderer or climber may need or want. Asana builds custom landing systems for climbing gyms, personal outdoor bouldering pads, climbing gym climbing holds, chalk bags, and climbing packs. They also sell chalk, slacklines, computer games and lifestyle clothing. Hear directly from Jamey Sproull why Boise is the best place for Asana to do business by clicking here

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Oct. 1, 2014

Idaho’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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A visual overview of the events, meetups, networking groups, financing, service providers, universities, programs and places that make up the Idaho Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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Mar. 28, 2015

Alefort Beerposium and Hackfort2 Open Hack

by Trailhead Boise

Treefort Music Festival has evolved over the years into Boise’s most well attended eclectic event mix of all things creative. This year Trailhead was proud to be part of the kaleidoscope of energy by playing host to Alefort’s “Beerposium” and Hackfort’s “Open Hack” social.

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Jan. 6, 2015

EO Accelerator Program Headed to the Boise Valley

by ​Jess Flynn

The TECenter and Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), are partnering to bring the EO Accelerator Program to the Boise Valley. This joint venture will complement the TECenter’s goal of growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Idaho.

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Jul. 21, 2015

Built in Boise: High Notes to Numbers Games

by Built in Boise

The volunteer writers and photographers at Built in Boise are sharing more inspiring stories of Boise companies and the people behind them. From craftsmen to crunching numbers, here is a roundup of profiles from July... 

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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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