Intuit has announced a contest for small businesses where the winner will receive a free ad during the Super Bowl. Better yet, all you have to do is tell the story of your business.
We hope this is a life changer,” said Brad Smith, Intuit’s president and chief executive, explaining what Intuit hopes to achieve for a small business through this promotion. Three other small businesses — the competition’s finalists — also will have commercials professionally produced and receive national and regional television ad exposure.
Read the Full Story and be sure to enter your story by September 22, 2013.
In this video, YPlan & Bubblepix pitch during the finals of the from the Thinking Digital Startup Competition.
Thinking Digital is a 2.5 day conference on technology, ideas and our future. Described as a UK version of the highly prestigious TED Conference, the next Thinking Digital takes place 20 -22 May 2014.
Over at CNN Money, By JP Mangalindan writes that while many organizations continue to struggle to make sense of Big Data, a new Startup called Optensity has built a system that assists decision-making without worrying about where the data is located, how it’s formatted, and how it’s changing.
One thing popping up is called the “Internet of Things,” said Optensity Founder and CEO Pamela Arya. “That’s an example where we think our tool could be really useful in the future. Because the Internet of Things is basically a world of sensors, where you would compute on the sensor as the data is throwing off the sensor to find out interesting things. Hey, nobody’s been in the house for a while, but the air conditioner is still running. That kind of thing. So you needs two sensors there: a physical sensor. No one’s moving around. Another sensor saying the air conditioning’s running. So those kinds of problems are where we see the future of where data is going.”
Next week, Optensity will compete at this year’s Startup Idol competition during Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Colorado. Read the Full Story.
In this video, entrepreneurs compete for funds through Starve Ups, where they made 30-second pitches and 30-minute presentations to billionaire investor Bill Hambrecht and his Ironstone Group Venture Capital.
The technology, the opportunities they’re taking with the internet space and the ability to develop sound business models around their business, very impressive,” said Hambrecht.
Hambrecht and the Ironstone fund use algorithms from local company Growth Science to predict the success or failure of Startup companies.
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Ernst & Young LLP today announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Award in the Pacific Northwest. The awards program recognizes high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These finalists were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be revealed at a special gala event on June 7, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.
The finalists are:
- Brandon Dawson, Audigy Group, LLC, Vancouver, Washington
- Craig Bramscher, Brammo, Inc., Ashland, Oregon
- Jim Weber, Brooks Sports, Inc., Bothell, Washington
- Gary Fish, Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Oregon
- Chris Barrow, EagleView Technologies, Bothell, Washington
- Steve Larson, Eid Passport, Hillsboro, Oregon
- Sam Blackman, Elemental Technologies, Portland, Oregon
- Dara Khosrowshahi, Expedia, Inc., Bellevue, Washington
- Mark Mason, HomeStreet, Inc., Seattle, Washington
- Greg Pierson, iovation, Portland, Oregon
- Tom Alberg, Paul Goodrich, Gerald Grinstein, William Ruckelshaus, Madrona Venture Group, Seattle, Washington
- Kyle Stavig, Myers Container, Portland, Oregon
- Beau Fessenden, Natural Molecular Testing Corp., Renton, Washington
- Greg Seibly, Sterling Bank, Spokane, Washington
- Kurt Dammeier, Sugar Mountain, Seattle, Washington
- Kevin Klock, TalkingRain, Preston, Washington
- Darryl Rawlings, Trupanion, Seattle, Washington
- Spencer Rascoff, Zillow, Inc., Seattle, Washington
Collectively, these finalists grew their company’s employment by 39% and their revenues by 44% between 2010 and 2012. Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded globally to recognize company builders in over 140 cities and in more than 50 countries throughout the world.
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This week Nvidia announced that 16 Startups using the massive computing power of GPU technology will participate in the Emerging Companies Summit. The event takes place March 20 in San Jose, California.
A highlight of the GPU Technology Conference (GTC), ECS will feature 16 companies from around the world. This year’s conference and summit have expanded to include companies focused on mobile computing, game development and cloud-based technologies. Also participating are companies advancing areas as diverse as visual search, financial services and medical diagnostics. Five top startups will be recognized for their innovation in a competition with more than $75,000 in prizes.
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UT invests in student startups
In this KXAN news video, 18 companies compete in the SXSW Startup Accelerator competition.
There’s a program at the University of Texas where if you have interesting technology applications, they will help you patent the technology to get you started.
Do you need help getting your Startup off the ground? Here in Portland, Produce Row is hosting Startup PDX:Challenge, a new initiative designed to connect startups to all our community has to offer. Located in Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District, Produce Row is a growing network of businesses thriving on entrepreneurial spirit. Produce Row seeks to support and promote entrepreneurial and creative businesses through a common identity, collaboration, and with collective resources.
The Startup PDX:Challenge is Portland’s next step in the creation of community and value for startups. The Challenge will offer access to accelerator programs and other organizations in unique ways. The Challenge winners will co-locate in Portland’s Produce Row, a neighborhood where the entrepreneurial and DIY spirit thrives. The startups who win the Challenge will get the nuts and bolts of what they need in a package valued at $40,000 per company
Applications are due April 4, 2013.
In this video from the annual Launch Fest in San Francisco, entrepreneurs show off new gadgets including a high-tech police cruiser and a kitchen tool that promises to turn techies into top chefs.
A new crowdfunding site calledCrowdIt has launced in Springfield, MO with a mission to tap the collective power of the crowd to create the support system people need to turn their ideas into a reality. Think of a mix of crowdfunding and LinkedIn.
Our vision for crowdfunding is about helping people achieve their dreams – be it starting a new business, developing a new invention or creating a technology start-up – and leveraging the power of the crowd beyond just the funding event,” said Jason Graf, co-founder and CEO for CrowdIt. “We think the business networking possibilities alone can transform crowdfunding into a true economic engine that is ready to jumpstart new enterprises of all kinds. Obviously, with crowdfunding incorporated into the federal JOBS Act, the government believes it as well.”
CrowdIt is now accepting registrations, and the company just announced it will contribute $10,000 to the project that reaches the highest amount of funding by Aug. 18. Read the Full Story.