Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs Competition offers $600K for Tech-savvy Entrepreneurs

National competition will award business owners up to $25,000 cash, services

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Comcast Business and Inc. Magazine today launched “Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs,” a national competition that will award more than $600,000 in cash and services to aspiring entrepreneurs who are leveraging technology to enhance customer and employee experiences. Individual winners will have the opportunity to win $25,000 in cash, Comcast Business Internet and TV services for two years, a $2,500 allocation for additional Comcast Business services and complimentary use of premium cloud applications from Comcast’s Upware partners Cisco, Microsoft, Symantec, DocuSign, Soonr and Swiftpage Engage for one year.

“Technology can transform a small business, and we want to elevate and recognize those entrepreneurs that are using it to make a difference for their customers and employees with the Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs program,” said Terry Connell, senior vice president, Comcast Business. “Across our growing customer base, Comcast Business sees so many incredible stories about how innovative uses of technology help create exciting, profitable businesses. This program will show what can happen when these promising companies receive the funding and tools they need to take on the challenges of owning and running their own business.”

Based on an essay submission, entries will be judged and two winners will be selected in each of the 16 Comcast Business Regions: one winner for best use of technology to enhance the customer experience and one for best use of technology to enhance the employee experience. Entries will be judged by John Jantsch, Marketing Consultant, Speaker and best-selling author of Duct Tape MarketingThe Commitment Engine and The Referral Engine and Anita Campbell, Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends.

From the 32 regional winners, six will be named grand prize winners and, in addition to cash and services, will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City, where they and a guest will have the opportunity to receive one-on-one consulting with nationally recognized business experts: Marcus Lemonis, businessman, investor, TV personality and Philanthropist; Robert Irvine, Celebrity Chef and Entrepreneur; and Comcast senior executives. They will also receive a VIP tour of 30 Rockefeller Center and an awards dinner prepared by Chef Irvine.

Entrepreneurs are encouraged to visit www.business.comcast.com/i4E to submit their application and essay and review the full program details. Entries are due by April 30, 2014.

Regional winners will be notified the week of May 19, 2014. Public voting for the 32 regional winners will be held May 20 – June 1, 2014. The six grand prize winners will be announced the week of June 30, 2014 with the New York awards event planned for August 26, 2014.

For more information, call 866-429-3085.

Contest Timeline

2/26/14 – 4/30/14  Entry Submission

5/19/14 – 5/23/14  Regional Winners Announced

5/20/14 – 6/1/14  Public Voting

7/3/14 Grand Prize Winners Announced

8/26/14 Awards Event in New York

 

Some notes on how entry scores are calculated: 

  • Well articulated overview of current business (Maximum 10 points)
  • Identifying need that spawned use of technology to enhance customer (or employee) experience with the business (Maximum 15 points)
  • How technology was used to enhance customer (or employee) experience with the business (Maximum 25 points)
  • Explanation of proof points that use of technology successfully enhanced customer (or employee) experience (Maximum 25 points)
  • How will business owner expand on, or modify planned use of technology going forward (Maximum 25 points)

 

Transformative Technology 

Technology can be transformative. Leveraging the cloud…enabling workers to be mobile…collaborating like never before…Comcast Business sees so many incredible stories about how smart, innovative use of technology helps create exciting, profitable businesses. With the Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs Contest we are recognizing the entrepreneurs that are making both customer and employee experiences better with technology. Winners will receive a combination of cash, services from Comcast Business as well Comcast’s UpwareTM partners Cisco, Microsoft, Symantec, DocuSign, Soonr and Swiftpage Engage and invaluable one-on-one consulting with business experts.

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Regional Prizes

business regional awardThirty-two regional winners will receive a $5,000 cash award plus Comcast Business Internet and TV services for two years along with $2,500 allocation for other Comcast services. In addition, winners will receive services for one year from Comcast’s Upware partners Cisco, Microsoft, Symantec, DocuSign, Soonr and Swiftpage Engage. 
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Grand Prize

grand prize competition awardThe 32 regional winners will then compete to be named one of the six Grand Prize Winners that, on top of their regional prizes, also win an additional $20,000 cash award and a special trip to New York at 30 Rockefeller Center. That’s where they will have one-on-one consulting with our four business experts along with a VIP tour of 30 Rockefeller Center and an awards dinner prepared by Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine. The total value of cash and prizes is up to $40,000.
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