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Innovative Program b|launched Returns - b|launched 2.0

Boise, ID (July 11, 2012) – Boise Young Professionals (BYP), a program of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, is set to kick off the second season of its successful and widely popular b|launched program supported by sponsors Perkins Coie and KeyBank.

B|launched started last year with five teams, led by well-known local business mentors, in a first-ever “soup to nuts” software development competition for young professionals. The first phase of the 7-month program involved finding and fleshing out an idea. The second phase entailed coming up with a prototype. There are currently 3 companies in beta-test mode that were launched from the BYP program – Follow & Fund, ADvailable and BOBEC Apps, LLC.

The program will kick off on September 13th, 2012 and conclude around mid-May 2013, but prior to the kick-off there are several opportunities to meet past/new mentors and participants and find out about the program. The first opportunity is at a brown bag event called Meet the Mentors/Participants on Wednesday, July 18th at noon at the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce located at 250 S. 5th St. Ste. 300, Boise.

Another opportunity to meet the mentors and find out about the program is at an Entrepreneurial Panel with special guest, Mayor Dave Bieter on Wednesday, August 22nd at noon.

There will be some changes to the existing format this year. This year there will be 4 teams of 10 (40 person limit). Each team will be headed by two mentors.

2012-2013 mentors are:

Jason Crawforth, Entrepreneur
Steve Hodges, Incite Ventures
Ken Holsinger, MindShare Networks
Kristi Saucerman, Auction Frogs
Faisal Shah, Entrepreneur
Layne Simmons, Willowview Consulting
Aaron Stanton, BookLamp & Novel Projects
Mark Winkler, The Boise Consulting Group

The idea behind the b|launched program is to teach young professionals how to start companies and specifically expand their knowledge base in the area of software company start-up and development. The program hopes to create at least one to two software start-up companies per year.

“B|launched is a unique program that provides our talented young professionals with the necessary tools to start companies” It’s an innovative program with the ultimate goal of creating more jobs in our community. Its gratifying to see that organizations like the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and BYP are cultivating this entrepreneurial activity in our community,” said Boise entrepreneur and mentor Faisal Shah.

“It’s important to develop economic activity in our community from the best and brightest among young professionals. This program really teaches them firsthand how to start companies,” said Bill Connors, President and CEO of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Judging for b|launched will take place Thursday, December 11, 2012, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, 250 S. Fifth St., Suite 300, Boise.

About the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce: Established in 1885, the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce strives to be the leading business advocacy organization in the Treasure Valley. The Boise Metro Chamber is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of nearly 1,800 business enterprises, civic organizations, education institutions and individuals. Its mission is to provide leadership that will help create regional economic prosperity and success for its members.

Contact: Carrie Westergard, Director of Community Relations
Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce
(208) 472-5212 or cwestergard@boisechamber.org