Boise's next big idea could be hatched today, or to be more accurate, be launched.
Boise Young Professionals, a program of the Boise Metro Chamber, is hosting a unique competition this morning at the Chamber headquarters, as part of its B-Launched program. Five teams of young professionals have no more than 30 minutes to pitch new software concepts before a blue ribbon panel. Today's pitch is the culmination of a 90-day development phase in which the software ideas were fleshed out.
Today's competition will whittle the field down to the top two teams, who will then enter another 90-day stage to build a prototype. Ideally, at least one of the software innovations could be launched into the marketplace by next summer.
"A competition like B-Launched is unheard of," said Faisal Shah, one of the mentors of the program. "It's innovative and it's about job creation."