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Idaho State University to host free invention to venture seminar Feb. 18 as part of BIG (Business, Innovation and Growth) Competition activities

Posted February 7, 2014

Idaho State University will host the free Invention to Venture Seminar, featuring seven national and regional entrepreneurial and economic development experts, from 2 to 8 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Pond Student Union Wood River Suites.

The seminar is part of the BIG (Business, Innovation and Growth) Competition, sponsored by Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho State University, Grow Idaho Falls and the Eastern Idaho Economic Development Council.

The Invention to Venture Seminar is for teams and individuals entering the BIG Competition, which is designed to educate entrepreneurs, inventors and students in eastern Idaho about early-stage financing. Entrants are vying for more than $5,000 in prizes. Complete information on the Invention to Venture Seminar on Feb. 18, including full speaker biographies, is available at http://isu.edu/research/i2v/. Parking will be available in the Pond Student Union Parking Lot after 1:30 p.m.

“Anyone who has an idea, a business concept, or a real opportunity, and wants to know how to take that from just a concept to a working prototype to a functioning business, should attend,” said Rick Paul, an event organizer and an instructor in the ISU College of Technology’s Business Technology Program.

Attendees to the seminar can hone their submissions for BIG, which are due by March 3. The ISU Small Business Development Center (282-4402) in Pocatello provides submission coaching free of charge. There is a community track, requiring one team member be a resident or working in East Idaho, and a collegiate track, requiring that at least one team member be a full-time student. Prizes will be awarded in each track. Entries are judged on presentation and viability. Semi-finalists will be announced by March 17.

On April 3, the BIG Competition’s semi-finals will be held at the ISU College of Technology Roy F. Christensen Building North/South Lecture Hall. The semi-finalists will deliver a poster session and a 10-minute presentation to judges, followed by a question-and-answer session. Finalists will be announced.

The finals for BIG will be held April 4 at the ISU College of Business Auditorium where finalists will deliver a poster session and 12-minute presentation to judges. Winners will be announced and an awards ceremony will be held. For complete information on BIG, visit BIG2014.iStart.org

For more information, contact Kevin Randolph at (415) 999-6804 or Rick Paul at (208) 282-3190.