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“There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.”
― G.K. Chesterton
Many business ideas come about when entrepreneurs travel, take new classes, recognize patterns, and set aside time dedicated to thinking. Ironically, some of the greatest ideas also come out of what might be perceived by some as boredom, and others as the time to innovate: times during which there are shortages and limitations.
Vea FitnessVea Fitness
Summer is here, are you bikini and board-short ready? Motivation is key for getting in shape, which is why the gamification of workout activities, is getting so popular. Yes I want a beach-ready bod but the cumulative hours I need to put in to get a good result can seem daunting. Most people need to break down large objectives into smaller tasks and incentivize with rewards in order to achieve their goals. This is where Vea Fitness comes in.
We caught up with the founders of Giventure to learn more about how the idea came about and where it’s headed. Giventure recently competed and placed in the top 5 ideas of the Ideator May Challenge and had a chance to present to the Ideator May Challenge judges so they had a lot going on.
Finding volunteer opportunities in college can be a daunting task. Conducting online searches rarely return relevant opportunities that also fit into one’s schedule.
Next Gen SummitNext Gen Summit in New York
The Ideator team was out in New York City last weekend for the Next Gen Summit. The conference surpassed all expectations. And our expectations were pretty darn high. From our online snooping of one of the founders of the conference, and community, we saw that they had been in multiple high-profile publications including Forbes, Huffington Post, and Inc., to name a few.
But how could millennials really be all that accomplished? What can other generations learn from millennials who are so young?
Jodone Takes 1st PlaceJodone: Software for Robotics
Brace yourself for this recap, because the event was incredible! From Corporate Wellness to Robotics to Pharma to Solar Energy to Mobile Apps; from South America (Chile), Western Africa (Nairobi), and North America (Massachusetts, San Diego, and Cleveland), this idea challenge really demonstrated our community’s ingenuity, diversified industries and geographic agnosticism!
The Top 10 Ideas
The Top 10 Ideas from the Ideator May Challenge
Wow. Once again over one hundred ideas were submitted into the Ideator Idea Challenge and they were incredible! Ideators submitted all kinds of game-changing ideas from all corners of the globe in various industries from Food Tech, to Corporate Wellness, Artificial Intelligence, Pharma, and Internet Software/ Services, just to name a few.
San Diego Startup Week 2016 Idea Competition
Who, what, when, where, and how
Anyone who attended San Diego Startup Week 2016!
Startup Week 2016 and various sponsors hosted this idea competition and gave away prizes to the top 3 finalists:
ScaleMatrix ScaleFlex Cloud Service – One year subscription to ScaleFlex, the on-demand cloud platform for development and testing.
AKeyMark Trademark Application Startup Pack – Protect your startup’s brand with 3 trademark applications, including the cost of a single class of goods or services for each application! A lucky prize winner will get full access to the AKeyMark platform for 3 trademark applications. The AKeyMark process includes: a strategic trademark attorney consultation, a proprietary AKeyMark Audit and use of the AKeyMark dashboard which monitors and tracks your trademark application status. This pack is perfect for a new business owner that is ready to protect their brand name, logo and slogan.
HIRED Private Marketplace Access – Credits to the HIRED private marketplace upon a candidate accepting a final offer from your company. Applicable to candidates in engineering, product management, sales, and marketing for full time roles.
We picked the seven (7) top ideas (criteria here) to pitch to a panel of amazing judges:
Chairman and CEO, AKeyMark
Partner, Plug and Play San Diego and Director, NV5 Inc.
Chief Rocker at Rock My World (RockMyRun) – Smart Music for Fitness and Wellness
Entrepreneurship and Experiential Learning, School of Business, USD
Kickoff – Monday, June 13th from 4:30 – 5:30pm PDT
Submissions End – Wednesday, June 15th at 5pm PDT
Official Finals – Thursday, June 16th 6:00 – 7:30pm PDT
Please click on the events to find out the event location and other details
The seven (7) finalists pitched to live Judges on June 16th at San Diego Startup Week.
Applicants participated by following these steps:
1. Sign up (free) and create idea profile
2. Build your idea keeping Judging Criteria in mind (here)
3. Refine your idea with help from experts at the Business Model session of Startup Week.
4. Submit your idea(s) to the San Diego Startup Week 2016 Collection
5. Meet the deadline (by 5pm PDT on June 15th)
6. Seven (7) finalists will be announced on June 15th via twitter follow us!, and the finalists will be notified individually via email
7. Finalists pitch on June 16th at 6pm PDT
Announcing the Winners
Winners were announced on Friday June 17th:
1st Place: Homing In
2nd Place: The Date Spot
3rd Place: AirCourse
San Diego Startup Leadership Program
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Ideators Charles Wong, Henry Elkus, and Lemuel Lowe love to shop for stylish clothes. However, as avid mobile shoppers, they found most mobile applications to be cluttered, poorly designed, and difficult to use. Worse, their online shopping experiences left them feeling like one of the masses rather than unique customers with their own needs.