Oct. 27, 2014

Innovators honored at annual Innovation Awards

From time-tracking software to fraud and risk management solutions to paper that conducts light, a broad array of Idaho ingenuity and leadership was honored at the 2014 Idaho Innovation Awards.
Jan. 20, 2015

State & Lemp: A Case Study in Dining Innovation

Boise increasingly gets accolades for its uniqueness. The combination of outdoor adventure with urban amenities has left countless visitors pleasantly surprised. One point of distinction seems to come from Boise’s outgoing demeanor. When people visit, they often remark on the city’s friendliness. Something about the Treasure Valley community gives a warm, neighborly impression to outsiders (who quickly feel like insiders). And for a pair of local restaurant entrepreneurs, Boise’s inviting atmosphere is the perfect backdrop for the innovative, communal dining experience they are creating. 

Introducing Remi Mcmanus and Jay Henry’s State & Lemp: an unexpectedly social, modern dining experience that brings the quality of fine dining without the stuffiness of white tablecloths. From the eclectic interior design to the locally sourced ingredients, all of the restaurant’s elements are all executed tastefully. But perhaps more notably, State & Lemp sets the stage for new friendships to form in a natural, organic way.

Jul. 18, 2016

Innovation Everywhere: HP Reinvents Campus Landscaping

by Pierce Baker, HP

Around Boise, Idaho, locals have plenty to say these days about HP and the look of its local campus – and they’re not happy about it. The landscaping, they say, looks neglected. The grass is dying, everything is turning brown and HP doesn’t seem to be doing anything about it.

In one sense, they’re right. HP is allowing things to die off. But it’s not due to neglect. Instead, the campus greenery is withering away for the sake of innovation and environmental responsibility. And, soon, things will look much better.

The engineers and forward-thinking landscape architects at HP are taking an innovative approach to the appearance of the campus, one of the company’s largest locations with some 2,500 employees. And a dramatic transformation, which is coming later this year, will  renew the grounds for a more beautiful, healthier and sustainable future.

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Jun. 16, 2015

Boise State Receives $100,000 Grant for Small Business Innovation

by Brady W Moore, Boise State University Update

Boise State University has received a $100,000 grant to fund programs for innovative, technology-driven small businesses as part of the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program. The university will also receive additional federal funds to form a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) which will provide assistance to businesses to help gain access to federal, state and local government contracts. 

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Nov. 5, 2015

Boise Geothermal Innovation Nominated for a National Award

Boise’s new heat pump technology for reusing geothermal water is one of three finalists in a national awards program. The technology arose from a collaboration of the city’s Public Works, its Sustainable Boise Program, and the Capital City Development Corp. More than 65 downtown Boise buildings use geothermal energy. The new technology allows the city to offer geothermal in another downtown sector. The technology was nominated for an award from the NewDEAL Leaders, a Washington, D.C. group that promotes economic development ideas that are innovative and sustainable. City Councilwoman Lauren McLean, a member of NewDeal, nominated the program in the Infrastructure & Energy for the Future category.

Oct. 19, 2015

Technology and Innovation Center unBound Opens in Meridian

by ​Jess Flynn

A library branch with more screens than books? That's the look and feel of the new technology and innovation center unBound - the latest location for Meridian Library District in the heart of Downtown. It's about changing how ideas are brought to life. 

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Dec. 29, 2014

Access Idaho Mobile App Named as Innovation that Mattered in 2014

by ​Jess Flynn

GovLoop recently named Access Idaho’s mobile application, OntheGo, as one of 30 Innovations That Mattered in 2014.  

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Jun. 17, 2015

Innovation in Idaho—the ‘Boise Way’—Starts at Trailhead

A small group of well-known Boise entrepreneurs—Jason Crawforth, Karen Meyer and Faisal Shah—recognized the need to develop a support system and education for early-stage businesses at the framing stage of the business process: for the big idea that needs refinement; for the budding entrepreneur who lacks experience; and for the new product that depends on a particular technology.

Trailhead, a new collaborative working space for entrepreneurs to connect to the people and resources they need to succeed is filling that niche. Trailhead collaborates with Boise’s business ecosystem to connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need to advance their ideas. In the most practical sense, that means providing working spaces for idea generation, collaboration and refinement, as well as mentorship by people who have built their own startups.

Feb. 23, 2015

Flagship Food Group Wins Prestigious Walmart Innovation Award

by Admin

Flagship Food Group’s North America division, headquartered in Meridian, Idaho, won the prestigious 2015 Innovation Award at Walmart’s annual vendor summit. Flagship beat out big names like Keurig and Apple at this year’s summit.

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Nov. 11, 2014

Boise State College of Innovation and Design Moving Forward

Plans for Boise State's new College of Innovation and Design are moving forward. The new college will be a university-wide hub and academic laboratory that funds new pathways of learning that anticipate the demands and opportunities of our ever-changing world and workplace.Faculty teams will generate pioneering degrees, badges and certificates as well as design new and innovative approaches to research, community engagement efforts and other initiatives that transcend conventional university boundaries, structures or disciplines. The inaugural projects under development within the College include: Graduate Certificate in Energy Analysis, Major in Games, Interactive Media and Mobile Technology, Certificate in Leadership, School of Narrative Arts, Bridge to Career, Human and Environmental Systems Research Center, Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP).
Mar. 2, 2016

Cradlepoint Honored for BIG Innovation

by Admin

Cradlepoint, the global leader in software-defined 4G LTE network solutions for enterprises, announced today it was awarded Business Intelligence Group’s BIG Innovation Award. The BIG Innovation Award represents the brightest and most innovative companies in the world. Cradlepoint was recognized for on-going excellence in empowering enterprises to augment, complement, and extend connectivity across their organizations through software-defined LTE overlay networks. Cradlepoint’s unique approach helps businesses reduce operational costs, enhance security, and drive revenue.

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Jun. 24, 2015

Boise State Joins National Call for Investment in Innovation

by Kathleen Tuck, Boise State University

Boise State University has joined other leaders of American business, industry, higher education, science and engineering in an urgent call to action for stronger federal policies and investment to drive domestic research and development. Ten CEOs and 252 organizations signed “Innovation: An American Imperative,” a document aimed at federal decision makers and legislators. It underscores the findings — and warnings — contained in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences report, “Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream.”

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Jan. 22, 2016

Boise State’s College of Innovation and Design Gains Professor of Practice

Diego Rodriguez, a partner at IDEO, an award-winning global design firm that uses a design-thinking approach, is the newest professor of the practice at Boise State University’s College of Innovation and Design.

Rodriguez is a founding professor at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, a former entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School, a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab and author of the Metacool blog. He holds multiple patents and has received a Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award. In 2010, Fortune named him one of ‘The Smartest People in Tech.’

Boise State is IDEO’s beta partner for the launch of IDEO U course content distributed within higher education. Gordon Jones, dean of CID, is teaching the first IDEO U course this semester.

Nov. 18, 2014

Boise Healthcare Tech Company Finalist in ‘Fierce Innovation’ Awards

Inofile, a Boise company specializing in healthcare information exchange, was announced as a finalist for the 'Fierce Innovation: Healthcare Edition' awards. The national award recognizes trailblazers in healthcare.
May. 18, 2015

A Look Back at Hackfort2

Hackfort 2

A snapshot of Hackfort 2, which convened Boise’s developers, creatives and tech talent to learn, share and be inspired to play a transformative role in Boise’s future. A key theme was the Intersection of Technology and Civic Life, and the City of Boise was proud to have been a part of it, March 26-28 in Downtown Boise.

Sponsored by: Boise State University, Metageek, Knight Foundation, Perkins Coie, Kindness, City of Boise, Balihoo, Idaho Dept. of Commerce, Kount, C.K. Haun & Karen Meyer, WhiteCloud Analytics, IdahoPTech Network, Choose Idaho, HP, and Boise Code Camp.

Nov. 12, 2015

Welcome to Virtual Reality City

Jose Saenz started the Boise Virtual Reality Project last year in an effort to inspire local educators, researchers, artists and organizations to join the emerging field of VR. He hopes that Boise can jump in early enough and have some really great content created right at the beginning of the virtual reality trend.  Saenz would like to see VR in schools so kids can tour the Coliseum or walk across Mars. He thinks it could be used to help veterans treat post-traumatic stress disorder or phantom limb pain. He suggested using it for therapy, like to help someone overcome a fear of flying.

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. 

Jul. 18, 2016

NNU’s IdaBot Would Help Farmers

Researchers in Southwestern Idaho are developing a robotic platform they believe could help specialty crop growers manage their crops and reduce labor costs.

The platform, which researchers are dubbing “IdaBot,” will be a low-cost way of helping farmers control input costs through the use of robotic automation, said Northwest Nazarene University engineering professor Joshua Griffin.

“The end goal is to try and save some money for the grower,” he said. “We’re trying to build a low-cost robot ... that comes in at a cost point where people can use it without having to take out a loan.”

Nov. 16, 2015

Office Envy: Curious Media

by Marissa Lovell

While they reside on the second floor of the historic Blue Eye Building in downtown Nampa, Curious Media truly dwells at the nexus of passion and creativity. Driven by a love of gaming, technology, education and fun, the interactive agency delivers remarkable digital experiences across multiple platforms for children and adults alike, working with notable companies like Disney, PBS Kids, Mattel, Hasbro and Warner Brothers.  

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May. 19, 2015

Non-dairy MELT is spreading to new markets

MELT, a non-dairy buttery spread, is expanding. Its maker, Prosperity Organic Foods, moved April 26 from the downtown Boise’s Belgravia Building to larger quarters in the nearby Garro Building. The company hired five new employees between February and April, to 11 full-time employee positions. Prosperity’s expected revenues of $2.5 million this year are 60 percent higher than last year’s, said President and CEO Meg Carlson.

The company secured $3.5 million from current and new investors last year in its fourth round of funding. Treasure Valley Angel Fund has invested in two rounds of funding, in 2013 and 2014. Meanwhile, Prosperity, which started in 2008 in Hailey, is using a $450,000 Small Business Administration grant to develop new products, including one aimed at reducing childhood obesity that is due to start production this year.

Prosperity’s signature MELT product, a dairy-free butter substitute, is made at ZoRoCo Packaging in Caldwell. MELT entered Whole Foods in 2012 and sales are up 50 percent at that national grocer from a year ago, said Carlson. Carlson, a veteran of the food industry who started her career at Ore-Ida in the 1980s, is now working with Costco to come up with a product size that the chain can work with. She sees growth ahead. “There are many other smaller and natural and organic markets around the country, and we’re only in 25 percent of them,” Carlson said. “It’s time for us to be more present. We’re starting to reach that critical mass of consumers who have discovered MELT and incorporate it into their regular routine. It’s a staple and something you buy every time you go to the grocery store.”