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Save Data to Save Your Brand

Posted by Erin Carey on Aug 28, 2014 9:00:00 AM

You spent hours sifting through submissions. Endless nights compiling a marketing campaign to promote the event. Spent (way too much) money to supply coffee for your reviewers before their first session began.

Now your event is over. What are you left with (besides a chance to relax a little bit)? Data. Now, that may seem much less appealing than, say, a margarita. However, gathering data from year to year during your event is one of the most important things you can do.

Don’t believe us? Check out these 3 reasons you should gather and save your competitor data:

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Topics: Contests, Competitions and Award Programs, Resources

How to Use Social Media to Better Your Event

Posted by Erin Carey on Aug 26, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Social Media use is growing at a rapid rate. Many competitions, award programs and brand engagement event administrators are utilizing social media to improve their event.

Here’s why:

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Topics: Contests, Competitions and Award Programs, Resources

Entrepreneurship Competitions Teach Things your College Business Class Won't

Posted by Ellen Peterson on Aug 21, 2014 10:30:00 AM

College is a great time to learn a wide variety of skills and disciplines and to experience the many things that life has to offer. A college business class is a great place to start learning the grassroots of what makes a strong company and an excellent employee/employer. However, there are aspects of business that can only be learned through real-life experience, and a great way to gain this experience is through an entrepreneurship competition. 

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Topics: Contests, Competitions and Award Programs

A Tale of Two (or Three) Business Plans:

Posted by Ellen Peterson on Aug 19, 2014 10:30:00 AM

If you’ve ever had the chance to be a judge in a business plan competition, you’ve probably experienced this feeling when reviewing some great (and also not so great) entries. We’re here to highlight a few of your typical business plans that one will see in any given competition and identify the type of plan that will prevail in the end:

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Topics: Contests, Competitions and Award Programs

Integrate Crowdsourcing Campaigns into Your Competition

Posted by Erin Carey on Aug 14, 2014 10:00:00 AM

The idea behind crowdsourcing is pretty straightforward. According to dailycrowdsource.com, “The idea is to take work and outsource it to a crowd of workers.” One of the most famous examples of crowdsourcing is Wikipedia. Instead of Wikipedia constantly creating their online encyclopedia pages, or hiring people to, they allow people to create the pages on their own.

Dailycrowdsource.com elaborates on the idea, saying, “The principle of crowdsourcing is that more heads are better than one. By canvassing a large crowd of people for ideas, skills, or participation, the quality of content and idea generation will be superior.”

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Topics: Contests, Competitions and Award Programs, Resources

Business Plan Competition Strategy 101

Posted by PitchBurner on Aug 12, 2014 10:48:00 AM

For many students and young entrepreneurs, competing in a business plan competition can be incredibly overwhelming. Often times, students are just hoping to get their business plan completed by the deadline. And if they manage to do that, they’re often just wishing to get through the presentation without embarrassing themselves; no strategy involved there.

Here’s 3 strategy tips we want to share with you to help you not only get through the business plan competition, but completely rock it.

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Topics: Contests, Competitions and Award Programs, Resources

August Favorites: Bettering Yourself & Your Business

Posted by Ellen Peterson on Aug 11, 2014 1:54:00 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." August's picks include:

  • Ways to be more productive

  • Helpful advice for any entrepreneur

  • Ideas for better brainstorming

Here are August's noteworthy picks:

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Topics: Beneficial Industry Articles

Why Internet Form Builders are Not Ideal Tools for your Competition

Posted by Ellen Peterson on Aug 7, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Form-builders and form dumps that can be found on the internet, though seemingly convenient and inexpensive, often do more detriment than good when it comes to creating your world-class competition, contest or award program.

Though you may think you’re getting off with a bargain, the corners a cheap form-builder cuts can have a lasting negative impact on applicants, the submission form itself, judges, mentors, and even your credibility.

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Topics: Contests, Competitions and Award Programs

The Benefits of Utilizing a Fan Vote in your Competition

Posted by Ellen Peterson on Aug 5, 2014 10:30:00 AM

While many competitions are simply judged by a panel of experienced professionals in many areas of business, science, technology and beyond, some competition choose to utilize a “fan vote” to help decide the winner of their event. You may be wondering, “Why would I do that when I already have such a great group of judges?” But we urge you to consider opening your competition to the public for their perspective on your applicants’ submissions.

Here’s a few reasons why

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Topics: Contests, Competitions and Award Programs

Texas A&M University's Startup Aggieland

Posted by Erin Carey on Aug 4, 2014 7:00:00 AM


Startup Aggieland is a student-run business accelerator on campus, open to any student, of any major of Taxas A&M University. Every semester, the accelerator opens the application process to be a part of Startup Aggieland as an "entrepreneur in residence" (EIR). The accelerator has the capacity to hold approximately 30 EIR's and, being a studen-run organization, is operated by a total of 10 wonderful student staff members, and a handful of directors.

Students can apply on an individual or team basis with an idea and/or operating business. Either way, the organization helps accelerate its participants through the startup process to become a fully-functional, operating and innovative business that will beat out any market competition.

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