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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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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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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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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

Competitions as a Foundation for Business Creation

Posted by Nathan Jones on Dec 2, 2014 11:00:00 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 that sticks out especially. What is the main focus of many entrepreneurship events? What is their purpose? Economic growth and support, along with providing opportunities for business creation. As such:

Competitions help entrepreneurs legitimize their business ideas.

Competitions are a perfect foundation for making a business idea a reality. Why? They bring together all of the parts that play a role in business creation.

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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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