AgriGated, a start-up company that will provide a mobile device dashboard that aggregates and delivers multiple streams of customizable industry information to farmers in a single platform was the first place winner in the Boise Young Professional’s b|launched 3.0 competition today. The team was awarded $20,000 in initial seed funding. Check, please., a one-click payment method for restaurant customers through a smartphone app will allow more secure and faster check outs and will benefit from $10,000 in initial funding. Another $60,000 will be awarded as follow-on funding by the end of 2014 which any of the 2014 teams are eligible to receive.
"We are thrilled with the result." said AgriGated team spokesperson David Hunt. "The Treasure Valley is a one-of-a-kind 'intersection of potato chip and microchip,' and our team is excited to be part of Idaho's future in ag-tech. The opportunity to pitch our idea today and to get immediate feedback from such an outstanding panel of business leaders was immensely helpful to us." The winning team included Tara Hamilton, Aaron Hansen, David Hunt, Jeff Johnson, Brett Kennedy and Ratheesh Kaniyala.
The b|launched program is a job creation and new business start-up initiative in the form of a competition for young professionals. The program matches successful Boise entrepreneurs with talented, local, young professionals with the goal of creating at least two new start-up companies. Four teams comprised of two mentors and up to seven young professionals per team, diverse in skill and background, are formed to compete for initial funding to start a business.
The 2014 mentor teams include: David Gabrieli, Management Consultant, and Jefferson Jewell, The Caprock Group; Ken Holsinger, Klowd.com, and Travis Hawkes, The Blue and Orange Store; Kristi Saucerman, AuctionFrogs.com, and Mick Wiskerchen, Entrepreneur; Aaron Stanton, Booklamp LLC, and David Gardner, Electric Wholesale Supply.
This year’s judges include AppDetex and b|launched founder Faisal Shah, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Bill Connors, J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation Executive Director Jamie MacMillan, Idaho Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer, Idaho Statesman Publisher Mike Jung, IGEM Chairman Dr. David Hill, Perkins Coie Partner Melanie Rubocki, Wells Fargo Senior Vice President and Regional Business Banking Manager Todd Cooper, Keynetics Partner Eileen Barber, and Entrepreneurs Raino Zoller and Karen Meyer.
About BYP: The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Boise Young Professionals (BYP) program is dedicated to attracting, developing, and retaining young talent. BYP is headquartered in downtown Boise, but seeks to act as a catalyst to connect, empower, and engage young professionals (YPs) throughout the Boise Valley. BYP has over 900 members from more than 400 different companies.
About the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce: Established in 1883, the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce strives to be the leading business advocacy organization in the Boise Valley. The Boise Metro Chamber is a private, nonprofit, 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.