Exciting news from Comcast for entrepreneurs in Middle Tennessee!
NASHVILLE – February 10, 2016 – Comcast Business announced that for the third consecutive year the company will seek out the nation’s most innovative startup companies and entrepreneurs to participate in its Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs competition. Current and aspiring business owners can enter the competition for a chance to win up to $30,000 and participate in a day of mentoring with teams of business experts who will provide advice on how to implement their plan.
Based on a 250-word essay submission, applicants will answer the question: How could your business use technology to help enhance your business? Startups and entrepreneurs are encouraged to visit the Comcast Business Community to submit their application and essay and review the full program details. Entries are due by March 12, 2016.
“Like Comcast Business, the Entrepreneur Center focuses on supporting and developing Nashville’s entrepreneurial and small business communities, said Blake Hogan, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Nashville Entrepreneur Center. “We are glad to be a partner with Comcast Business and are excited that our members will have the chance to participate in the Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs again this year.”
Entries will be judged and two winners will be selected in each of the 15 Comcast Business Regions: one winner for startup companies (in business two years or less) and one winner for entrepreneurs (in business for more than two years). The 30 regional winners will each earn $10,000 in cash.
From the regional winners, six grand prize winners will be selected – three startups and three entrepreneurs – who will earn an additional $20,000 in cash, plus a trip to Philadelphia to spend a day attending group sessions with industry experts, who currently include: Anita Campbell, Founder, CEO & Publisher of Small Business Trends; Robert Irvine restaurateur, TV star and entrepreneur; John Jantsch, Marketing Consultant, speaker and best-selling author; Denice Hasty, Senior Vice President, Product and Marketing, Comcast Business; Sam Schwartz, Chief Business Development Officer at Comcast; Louis Toth, Managing Director for Comcast Ventures; and experts from Drexel University’s Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship.
Regional winners will be announced April 25, 2016. Voting from among the regional winners will take place between April 26 – May 13, 2016. The six grand prize winners will be announced June 6, 2016 with the Grand Prize event planned for August 2016.
“The Comcast Business Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs (I4E) program is a natural fit for a city like Nashville that is rapidly becoming a center for technology, innovation and entrepreneurs,” said Sara Jo Walker, Director of Public Relations, Comcast. “We encourage Nashville entrepreneurs and startups to enter the I4E competition and to make their dreams into realities.”
“Startup businesses and entrepreneurs play a key role in developing our economy and creating new jobs across the country, and technology can play an important part in helping them turn business goals into reality,” said Denice Hasty, senior vice president of product management and marketing at Comcast Business. “We have seen amazing ideas and examples of innovation from past i4E winners and participants, and we look forward to bringing opportunity to more innovative startups and entrepreneurs this year.”
About Comcast Business
Comcast Business, a unit of Comcast Cable, provides advanced communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through a next-generation network that is backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast delivers Business Internet, Ethernet, TV and a full portfolio of Voice services for cost-effective, simplified communications management.
For more information, call 866-429-3085 or contact:
Sara Jo Houghland Walker
Director of Public Relations