Wednesday, December 7, 2011

To B-Launched or Not to Be, That's the Competition

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 9:58 AM

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."

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