'Snapshot of Downtown' 2nd Annual Scavenger Hunt
When: Thursday, July 14, 2011 @ 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Starts at The WaterCooler
You spend lots of time focused on putting your best foot forward, whether to new hires, investors, strategic partners or potential customers. The perfect pitch, the ultimate sales deck, the polished presentation. What about the rest? As businesses grow, it is very likely that customers, vendors, investors, or partners will come into town for meetings, sales pitches and otherwise. So what next?
When visitors come to town, what do you do with them?
Where do you take them for lunch, dinner or after-hours entertainment?
No matter what business you are in, or hoping to be in, you are also in the entertainment business.
Join us for an entertaining and interactive July Kickstand meeting - our 2nd Annual 'Snapshot of Downtown' Scavenger Hunt - designed to get members out and about to find new locales and share their favorite spots with each other (...and have fun and win prizes along the way!) RSVP NOW!
Idaho Innovation Awards
Nominations are now being accepted to the sixth annual Idaho Innovation Awards program, presented by Stoel Rives LLP, Kickstand and the Idaho Technology Council. The program recognizes innovations, innovative professionals and companies throughout the state. Nominations are due Friday, September 9, 2011 and can be submitted online. The program receives support from Cooper Norman and Idaho TechConnect.
Nominations from any industry will be accepted in the following categories:
||This category is designed to recognize innovations from companies that have been established for more than five years and that are on the market, contributing to the local economy.|
||This category is designed to recognize innovations from companies that are less than five years old, may or may not be commercialized, still in or just emerging from the R&D stage, or coming from a nonprofit/academic entity such as a technology transfer office.|
||This category is designed to recognize innovative companies; companies that have implemented an innovative business model, and provide an environment that supports innovation in all aspects of its operations..|
||This category is designed to recognize innovative business professionals; individuals who demonstrate innovative characteristics and thinking in their careers and accomplishments.|
The following were recognized as winners and finalists in 2010:
Commercialized Innovation of the Year
- Silicone Hay Preservation by Nurturite, LLC - WINNER
- Cloud Imaging Processing for Water Quality Analysis by pSi Flow Technology, Inc.
- Lodestar by M2M Communications
Early-Stage Innovation of the Year
- Supercritical/Solid Catalyst by the Idaho National Laboratory - WINNER
- Novel Nanoparticles that Kill Cancer Cells by Boise State University
- Triclosan for Reducing Chemotherapy Heart Damage by Boise State University
Innovative Company of the Year
- Healthwise - WINNER
- PKG User Interface Solutions, Inc.
- Unity Medical
Innovator of the Year
- Robert Fox, Chemist, Idaho National Laboratory - WINNER
- Dan Aargon, General Manager and Head Designer, Cold Chain LLC
- Tom LaJoie, President, eTripTrader, Inc.
Nominees named as finalists in previous years are encouraged to resubmit to the 2011 program. Previous winners are not eligible for consideration.
Nominations will be reviewed by a Selection Committee consisting of leaders from Idaho’s business, academic and technology communities. Finalists will be announced in September. Finalists and winners will be recognized at an Awards Banquet in the Fall.
For more information about the program, please contact one of the following:
INNOVATION IN THE NEWS
Idaho in Top 10 for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Idaho is one of the top states for entrepreneurship and innovation, according to a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce report. According to the report , “Enterprising States: recovery and renewal for the 21st Century,” released June 20, Idaho is nearly leading the pack in business birth rate and small business lending – second in both categories. Idaho also ranked seventh in long-term job growth rate, ninth in “top entrepreneurship and innovation,” and 10th for entrepreneurial activity, as well as tenth in job placement efficiency. (Source: Idaho Business Review)
Read the full 'Enterprising States' report from the U.S. Chamber
Entrepreneur Feedback for VCs
Post from George Mulhern, General Partner at Highway 12 Ventures
SUPPORT A STARTUP
(Introducing a new section of our newsletter and blog where we promote events and opportunities for members to participate in to support our Idaho startups. Are you a startup with an event to share, a contest where you need votes, or a focus group opportunity where you need feedback? Let us know!)
Boise-based Prosperity Organic Foods is the creator of rich and creamy Melt®. The company's committed to creating great tasting organic products through innovative uses of healthy fats and oils so you can eat better, feel better and live better. Currently, Melt® is carried in the Boise Co-op and regional Fred Meyer stores and is being featured on the national health and wellness focused Buzz Bus Tour.
The Tour makes a stop in Boise this Monday and you're invited to stop by and learn more about how Boise's own Melt® is helping to lead a national trend of adding healthy fats and oils to your daily diet (and enjoy free samples too!)
What: Buzz Bus Tour featuring Melt
When: Monday, July 18 from 3pm - 7pm
Where: Grove Plaza in Downtown Boise
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
Special thanks to our loyal sponsors whose participation enables up to keep growing Kickstand and providing you with opportunities to network, learn and grow.
VOLT is a recruiting industry leader and one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies. With over 60 years of proven performance, the foundation of our solutions is our innovative "Workforce Design", the creative arrangement of top talent, best-in-class services, and proven technology. With so much riding on the quality of talent today, Volt delivers to help meet clients' most critical and time-sensitive workforce needs. Call us today 208.375.9930