Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Entrepreneurs prepare to participate in TechLaunch 10.0

Up-and-coming Idaho entrepreneurs will soon compete for up to $50,000 in cash prizes as Idaho’s next Entrepreneurial Idol and Crowd Pitch crown this year's recipients.

Hosted June 13 at the WaterCooler and the Linen Building in Boise and June 14 in the Skaggs Hall of Learning at Boise State University, entrepreneurs and innovators around Idaho and the region are preparing to compete in TechLaunch 10.0. The two-day event will include two different competitions:
  • The Entrepreneurial Idol Competition is evaluated by a distinguished panel of judges who have all excelled in their particular fields and bring a wealth of knowledge regarding early stage financing to the event.  This year’s format will consist of semifinal and final rounds with prize money totaling $50,000.
  • The Crowd Pitch, TechLaunch’s second event, is an elevator pitch competition that provides an opportunity for individuals to deliver their innovative ideas to TechLaunch attendees and compete for prize money.
In its tenth year, TechLaunch is designed to educate and provide a stage for entrepreneurs and innovators to practice and hone their pitches in front of the business/investment community.  Over the past nine years, TechLaunch has introduced many great companies to the intricacies of early stage financing.  Of the 72 companies that have previously participated, 55 are still in business and continue to grow and receive research, development, and investment capital.

Students and aspiring entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend this event to learn the complexities of product commercialization, start-up financing, and networking with industry leaders. Attendees have the option of registering for the reception, the competitions, or both. For more information, please contact Rick Ritter at (208) 908-0625 or rick.ritter@idahotechconnect.com.  Additional information is available at www.idahotechconnect.com/home/techlaunch.