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Networking & The FORD Method

Posted by Erin Carey on Nov 13, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Being an entrepreneur includes the necessity of taking advantage of a multitude of networking opportunities. We’d like to tell you that networking is all about explaining your idea and that people simply throw money at you to go out and do it. Unfortunately, it’s not that black and white. When you are first starting out, networking is all about who you meet and what those people think of YOU. This leaves a lot of room for error: What if you’re a shy person and don’t know what to say? What if you talk about something unacceptable in the eyes of the business world?

No matter your situation, personal or professional, networking can be conquered by simply using the FORD method.

FORD:

Family

Occupation

Recreation

Dreams

 

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Topics: Beneficial Industry Articles

PitchBurner - Providing Interactive Experiences Through Competitions, Contests and Pumpkin Carving

Posted by Ellen Peterson on Nov 11, 2014 11:14:00 AM

Yes, you read that correctly. Here at PitchBurner, we love competitions, contests and award programs, and that love manifests itself every October when Halloween rings through our halls and our office-wide pumpkin carving extravaganza commences. We’re all about working hard, playing hard, and destroying our coworkers (that we really do love) in a friendly competition about who can design the raddest, most unique pumpkin in the patch.

To run this contest, we had a simple submission form that asked for first name, last name, an upload of the finished pumpkin and, of course, the pumpkin's back story (you know, the pumpkin's hometown, interests, hobbies; things like that).

Here are a few of our favorites:

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Topics: Company Information

November Favorites: Networking

Posted by Ellen Peterson on Nov 10, 2014 11:33:20 AM

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." November's picks include:

  • 16 Tips for Networking Smarter
  • 8 Common Networking Faux Pas to Avoid
  • 4 Ways to Prepare for a Networking Event

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Topics: Beneficial Industry Articles

University of Buffalo: Panasci Technology Entrepreneurship Competition

Posted by Erin Carey on Nov 10, 2014 10:59:00 AM

The Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition was created by the University of Buffalo (UB) School of Management and the University of Buffalo Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach. Funded with a $1 million endowment from the late Henry A. Panasci Jr., the program is designed to bring UB students from science, technology, business and other disciplines together to maximize their potential to create viable businesses in Western New York.

"Panasci TEC gives students the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship in a real-world setting where they take an idea from conception to market,” said Thomas Ulbrich, executive director of the UB School of Management's Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL).

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Topics: Client Spotlights

4 Ways Contests Help Your Institution Recruit

Posted by Kelsey Virus on Nov 6, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Contests are beneficial for a multitude of reasons. Contests help your business to flourish and stand out from the competitors. By creating and holding contests, you can show the strengths of your business and get help with your weaknesses, showcase your booming business's growth, engage current clients, and find ways to generally work smarter (not harder) for your company.

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Topics: Contests, Competitions and Award Programs

Why Competitions are Great for Economic Development

Posted by Ellen Peterson on Nov 4, 2014 11:00:00 AM

The Benefits of Competitions for Economic Development

Competitions create a great number of benefits for a multitude of reasons for a variety of different people. However, running a competition can be particularly beneficial for organizations seeking to improve their local community, such as economic development agencies and chambers of commerce. Ultimately, you’re looking for a way to help your local community and its people flourish. Here’s how it can be done through a well-executed competition:

 

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Topics: Contests, Competitions and Award Programs

Benefits of running competitions for ad agencies (vs. their clients)

Posted by Nathan Jones on Oct 27, 2014 12:28:00 PM

Why You Should Consider Competitions for Your Brands

PitchBurner started with a passion for building engagement in entrepreneurial competitions. Why? Because we identified competitions as being an awesome way to engage potential entrepreneurs, bringing all entrepreneurial stakeholders under one umbrella. They serve as a vessel for two way communication between an organization and their target market. They served as a way for a member of that market to chase their dreams, while engaging in a personal relationship with an organization.

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Topics: Brand Engagement

Competitions as a Foundation for Business Creation

Posted by Nathan Jones on Oct 16, 2014 10:02:00 AM

 

We frequently talk about the different benefits of entrepreneurship competitions. There are many, but when looking at the purpose behind many of these events, there is one in particular that sticks out.

So, what is the main focus of many entrepreneurship events? What is their purpose? Economic growth and support, along with providing opportunities for business creation.

Competitions are a perfect foundation for making a business idea a reality. Why? They bring together all of the key parts of a business into a competition that challenges and inspires all involved.
Long story short: Competitions help entrepreneurs legitimize their business ideas.

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Topics: Resources

3 Steps to Running an Innovative Competition

Posted by Nathan Jones on Oct 14, 2014 6:30:00 AM

You’re an administrator of an entrepreneurship organization and you’ve been tasked to head up a competition element of the programs. Your team has identified, among a host of others, these benefits of running a competition, such as:

  • Competitions bring together all elements needed to give an entrepreneur a start

  • Competitions build engagement and excitement in and around the programs

  • Competitions provide incentive for sponsors to get involved

  • Competitions build prestige around programs and involve major industry players

  • Competitions help engage alumni networks

Of course it’s easy to point out the benefits of the overall program. But what about the actual implementation process? If you’ve never run a competition before, fear not. We’ve put together a few things to help in the brainstorming process.

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Topics: Contests, Competitions and Award Programs

October Favorites

Posted by Erin Carey on Oct 13, 2014 7:32:00 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." October's picks include:

  • Pitch Pointers for Young Entrepreneurs
  • How to Make the Perfect Startup Pitch Deck
  • 3 Mistakes to Avoid when Pitching to Investors

 

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Topics: Beneficial Industry Articles

We highlight best practices, advice and current industry news to aid your team in running a successful event.

After running hundreds of successful events, we have compiled our knowledge into articles to ensure your team is well-prepared.

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