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In 2011, BYP created a one of a kind, “soup to nuts” competition that is designed to connect Boise’s young professional talent with experienced entrepreneurs to encourage idea development and create company startups.

GOALS OF B|LAUNCHED:

  • Train young professionals to start companies in the Treasure Valley.
  • Create 1-2 small start-up companies in Idaho per year.
  • Create higher paying jobs with the creation of more jobs.
  • Showcase and connect Boise’s talented pool of young professionals.

WHY SHOULD YOU PARTICIPATE?

  • Learn from successful, experienced mentors!
  • Not in the technology field?  That’s ok, all areas of expertise needed.
  • Prize money will be awarded to the top teams.
  • Experiential opportunity to build a business!
  • Learn how to start and build a business while keeping your day job.
  • Opportunity to work within a group of young professional leaders.
  • Learn how to be an entrepreneur within your company.

 

2016 TIMELINE:

  • March 9, 2016 (Kick off)
    • 5:30-6:00 team formation/explanation of program
    • 6:00-6:45 Gordon Jones BYP Speaker Series
    • 6:45-7:30 networking social (Zee Catering)
  • March 16, 2016 (Ideation Workshop)
    • 5:30-6:30 at Trailhead
  • March 30, 2016 (Operations Workshop)
    •  5:30-6:30 at Trailhead (fine tune title/operations/marketing/business modeling)
  • April 13, 2016 (How to Pitch Workshop)
    • 5:30-6:30 at Trailhead
  • April 27, 2016 (Finance & Fundraising Workshop)
    • 5:30 to 6:30 at Trailhead (Eide Bailly, Zions Bank)
  • May 11, 2016 (Legal Workshop)
    • 5:30-6:30 at Trailhead (Perkins Coie)
  • May 18, 2016 (Mock Pitch Day)
    • 5:30-6:30 scheduled presentations at Trailhead (social with business owners and past participants)
  • June 1, 2016 (Pitch Day)
    • Time and location TBD
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2012 1st Place Team – Be Free Village

TIME COMMITMENT:

There may be a significant time commitment that may be required during a ten (10) month period and beyond. Participants will be required to attend regularly scheduled meetings and contribute significantly to the success of a startup.

FEE:

  • b|launched is open to anyone.
  • Registration for BYP/Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Members: $85
  • Registration for non-members: $140
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Aaron Stanton, Kristi Saucerman, Melanie Rubocki, Dr. Roy Glen and Tony Hauser

CONCEPT:

Phase I:
Entails finding and fleshing out an idea.  The goal is to find one within certain given parameters and time constraints.  Individuals will come into the group without an idea or with a potential idea that hasn’t been vetted at all.  The team participants work together to find a high quality, marketable idea they can move forward together on.  The teams present their idea to a panel of judges, the top two teams enter Phase II.

Phase II:
Entails actually developing a prototype.  At this point, the teams are  formed into companies.  $30,000 prize money will be awarded to the top teams.  The companies then have 6 months to build and get it to beta (i.e. a functional prototype). The key here is to create a real ecosystem. In other words, lets define all the moving parts and fill it with local talent, as best we can.   The companies have the guidance of all mentors and any other resources available to them, such as existing technology associations, sponsoring companies and business individuals in the community.  Each team member becomes an equity shareholder in the company.  As in all business ventures, incentives are part of the structure.

PAST B|LAUNCHED JUDGES:

  • Eileen Barber | Co-Founder | Keynetics | Judge in 2014
  • Rick Belluzzo | Former COO | Microsoft | Judge in 2011
  • Mayor David H. Bieter | City of Boise | Judge in 2011 & 2012/13
  • Todd Cooper | Senior Vice President | Wells Fargo | Judge in 2014
  • Bill Connors | President & CEO | Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce| Judge in 2011, 2012/13, & 2014
  • Dr. David Hill | Chairman | IGEM | Judge in 2014
  • Mike Jung | President & Publisher | Idaho Statesman | Judge in 2014
  • Jamie MacMillian | Executive Director | J.A. Kathryn Albertson Foundation | Judge in 2012/13 & 2014
  • Elizabeth Marshall | CEO | Marshall & Associates | Judge in 2011
  • Sondra McMindes | President & CEO | The Children’s Therapy Place | Judge in 2012/13
  • Karen Ann Meyer | Serial Entrepreneur | Judge in 2011, 2012/13 & 2014
  • Dr. David Pate | President & CEO | St. Luke’s | Judge in 2011 & 2012/13
  • Mike Reynoldson | Idaho Governmental Affairs | Micron Technology | Judge in 2012/13
  • Melanie Rubocki | Partner | Perkins Coie | 2012/13 & 2014
  • Jeff Sayer | Director | Idaho Department of Commerce | Judge in 2012/13 & 2014
  • Raino Zoller | President & CEO | pSiFlow Technology Inc. | Judge in 2014
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b|launched 2.0 Judges, Mayor Bieter and Jeff Sayer

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