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January Favorites: Keeping Your Resolutions

Posted by Erin Carey on Jan 23, 2015 5:25:50 PM

The team at PitchBurner studies market trends and reads, a lot. Between Pulse, Prismatic and Trap.it, it’s pretty difficult not to stay current with industry trends and news. Obviously, our team is always seeking out what others are doing to be successful so that we can share that insight with our partners. However, as any start up should, we do most of our reading simply for the benefit of growing/improving our business.

Each month, we highlight a handful of the articles we read throughout the month and found to be the most interesting and "sharable."

January's picks include articles to help keep your New Years resolutions on track:

  • 12 Best Practices for Speaking in Front of a Big Crowd
  • 10 Productivity Strategies
  • 6 Ways to Become an Industry Leader

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Topics: Beneficial Industry Articles

Johnson Wales University: Sharkfest 2015

Posted by PitchBurner on Jan 22, 2015 4:04:51 PM

What do flip flops, feeding the hungry and voltage readers all have in common? All were the ideas of student and alumni entrepreneurs who recently won the annual SharkFest competition sponsored by the Larry Friedman International Center for Entrepreneurship (e-Center). The idea for this event began three years ago as a way to help JWU students and alumni grow their ideas into successful businesses.It’s the brainchild of the e-Center’s Executive in Residence, John Robitaille. Some entrepreneurs who apply are only in the early planning stages, and some have already opened their doors. Either way, the competition receives a wide variety of impressive applications every year.

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Topics: Client Spotlights

Types of Events an Organization May Want to Run

Posted by Kelsey Virus on Jan 9, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Every organization specializes in something unique. Therefore, it is necessary that they run an event that is just as specialized as they are. These events are run as a way to highlight organizations, along with their product and goals, by showcasing others and pulling at the heart strings. When an organization is thinking about running an event, there are a few things that they should consider considering:

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Topics: Contests, Competitions and Award Programs

Winter Wellness: Ideas to Keep Your Office Moving When the Air Gets Cold

Posted by Ellen Peterson on Dec 18, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Here at PitchBurner, we’re all about culture (there’s a startup-y word). And a great way to keep a great culture is by staying active and keeping healthy together. While in the summer, it’s fun and easy to take a lunch-time walk, things get a little more difficult in the winter months when lethargy, mixed with holiday comfort food and general feelings of being oh-my-gosh-it’s-so-cold, takes over.

Here are some ideas to keep everyone active, healthy and bonding when the temperatures are at all-time lows

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Topics: Company Information

Blog Series: Competition Types - Part IV of IV

Posted by Nathan Jones on Dec 16, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Welcome back! If you haven’t read any other parts in the series, I’d recommend starting with part one. When planning a business or innovation competition, it’s always a good idea to understand the many different elements available, learning to assemble them in the way that best fits your goals.

In the last blog (part 3), I wrote about a number of alternative competition types including innovation competitions, case study competitions, and hack-a-thons. These are all great formats for groups looking to stay industry specific, solving a problem or soliciting innovation through technology or other means.

This final blog of the series focuses on the different elements that are available for competitions in supplement to the competition types. Once a group has select a format or series of formats for their event, there are a number of other elements that need to be considered, all possibly boosting value for participants.

These are multi-track competitions, mentorship elements, combination events, and prizes.


Multi-track Competition

Engage different groups of applicants with a multi-track competition. From younger students to established community members, everyone has an idea they want to pursue. Give them all a chance to compete against their peers, awarding prizes based on track winner and overall winner. Many groups also like to divide their competitions among disciplines, awarding ideas from the same industry or sector.

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Topics: Contests, Competitions and Award Programs

Blog Series: Competition Types - Part III of IV

Posted by Nathan Jones on Dec 11, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Welcome back! If you haven’t read any other parts in the series, I’d recommend starting with part one. When planning a business or innovation competitions, it’s always a good idea to understand the many different elements available, learning to assemble them in the way that best fits your goals.

In part two, we discussed higher involvement events, the business model competition and the 

classic business plan competition, both centered on more focused business development. The contemporary business model competition, centered around the business model canvas, is generally more accessible to multi-disciplinary entrepreneurs, and is more flexible in its application. The business plan competition is an old standard that still proves incredibly valuable to those looking to build an in depth look into the business side of launching a new idea.

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Topics: Contests, Competitions and Award Programs

Blog Series: Competition Types - Part II of IV

Posted by Nathan Jones on Dec 9, 2014 11:00:00 AM

In the first blog of this series, I wrote about two of the lower involvement types of competitions, pitch and idea competitions. As mentioned, these events are fantastic on their own, but function even better as an addition to any other type of competition. They can also be applied to attract students of many different disciplines, enforcing the fact that entrepreneurship isn’t business specific.

In part two, I’m going to introduce you to two competition types that have a greater amount of involvement: the business model canvas competition and the classic business plan competition. These are especially important when the focus is business development and actualization.

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Topics: Contests, Competitions and Award Programs

December Favorites: Preparing for the New Year

Posted by Erin Carey on Dec 8, 2014 5:33:48 PM

The team at PitchBurner studies market trends and reads, a lot. Between Pulse, Prismatic and Trap.it, it’s pretty difficult not to stay current with industry trends and news. Obviously, our team is always seeking out what others are doing to be successful so that we can share that insight with our partners. However, as any start up should, we do most of our reading simply for the benefit of growing/improving our business.

Each month, we highlight a handful of the articles we read throughout the month and found to be the most interesting and "sharable."

December's picks include articles to help you prepare for the upcoming new year:

  • 7 Must-Dos Before the End of the Year
  • 6 Common Tech Mistakes Even the Pros Make
  • 6 Rules that Elite Employees Live By

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Topics: Beneficial Industry Articles

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation: IDEA

Posted by Erin Carey on Dec 8, 2014 4:47:55 PM

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation is running their yearly competition: IDEA. IDEA is more than an invention competition. IDEA is about the commercialization of ideas – in other words, turning great ideas into great businesses. An idea is only a beginning. It takes skill, strategy, and execution to turn an idea into something more. That is the purpose of the IDEA Competition – to help the applicant turn their great idea into a profitable business venture.     

The annual event engages its applicants by providing training, business coaching, and capital to entrepreneurs who want to turn an idea into a fast-growth business.

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Topics: Client Spotlights

Blog Series: Competition Types - Part I of IV

Posted by Nathan Jones on Dec 4, 2014 11:00:00 AM

For organizations first approaching the idea of hosting a competition, there are many elements that need to be considered, often making the implementation of these events seem daunting. You know the value of running competitions, both for you and your audience. But what types of competitions can be hosted? What information do I need to collect? What would be the best type of competition for my audience? What other elements can I add to build engagement and value?

All of these questions are definitely valid. This process does not need to be difficult, nor does it have to be time consuming. In fact, it’s easy to deliver your audience a quality event in little to no time.

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Topics: Contests, Competitions and Award Programs

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