Chicago- Comcast Business announced that for the third consecutive year the company will seek out the nation’s most innovative startup companies and entrepreneurs to participate in itsInnovations 4 Entrepreneurs competition. Current and aspiring business owners can enter the competition for a chance to win up to $30,000 and participate in a day of mentoring with teams of business experts who will provide advice on how to implement their plan.
Based on a 250-word essay submission, applicants will answer the question: How could your business use technology to help enhance your business? Startups and entrepreneurs are encouraged to visit theComcast Business Community to submit their application and essay and review the full program details. Entries are due by March 12, 2016.
“Winning the competition has helpedNoggin Builders tremendously. We’ve been able to purchase and incorporate innovative new technologies that our children actually use in class, including robots they can build and program,” said Amy Torf, owner and founder of Northbrook, IL-based Noggin Builders, a national winner in 2015. Noggin Builders’ mission is to provide children ages 2 to 12 fun, hands-on activities designed to help them build critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Entries will be judged and two winners will be selected in each of the 15 Comcast Business Regions: one winner for startup companies (in business two years or less) and one winner for entrepreneurs (in business for more than two years). The 30 regional winners will each earn $10,000 in cash.
From the regional winners, six grand prize winners will be selected – three startups and three entrepreneurs – who will earn an additional $20,000 in cash, plus a trip to Philadelphia to spend a day attending group sessions with industry experts, who currently include: Anita Campbell, Founder, CEO & Publisher of Small Business Trends; Robert Irvine restaurateur, TV star and entrepreneur; John Jantsch, Marketing Consultant, speaker and best-selling author; Denice Hasty, Senior Vice President, Product and Marketing, Comcast Business; Sam Schwartz, Chief Business Development Officer at Comcast; Louis Toth, Managing Director for Comcast Ventures; and experts from Drexel University’s Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship.