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Silicon Valley StartUp Cup Business Model Competition Judges Announce Top 12 Semi-Finalists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 29, 2015

Silicon Valley, CA – The top 12 business models have been selected out of the previous round to move on to the next round of the Silicon Valley StartUp Cup Business Model Competition. Participants will receive priceless business advice from coaches and judges throughout the competition.

“All of the entrepreneurs in the First Presentation Round inspired us with their passion for their business, and their interest and responsiveness to our judging panel. Even though only 12 could advance to the Semi Finals, they are all winners and will no doubt make valuable contributions to our communities.” Alice Fenton, Organizer, Silicon Valley StartUp Cup

The Top 12 Semi-Finalists are:
Akwamag, PBC, Boostlearn, BrakeFree Technologies, J.T.Williams, Lucky Kidz, Metis, NIR Vision, Nirvana, notedskills.com, PlayCause, SoundFit, LLC, and Swollink.

The Top 12 businesses will present their refined business model and give a five-minute pitch during the next Judging Round on September 9th after they have worked with coaches to polish their pitches and business models July 8th and 15th. Following the September Judging Round, the judges will identify the seven best business models. The seven finalists will then work with coaches who will offer resources and expertise to help hone their business model and pitching techniques, which will be presented to the Judging Panel on October 28th.

The seven finalists will compete for First Place, which will be announced on Thursday, November 19th at an Awards Ceremony and Celebration at the Quinlan Center in Cupertino during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

For more information about the Silicon Valley StartUp Cup Business Model Competition and Resource Information, visit http://siliconvalley.startupcup.com/

The Silicon Valley StartUp Cup Business Model Competition is sponsored by The City of Cupertino, The County of Santa Clara, Erik’s DeliCafe of Cupertino, Focus Business Bank,
KT URBAN, Pacific Workplaces and Vallco Shopping Mall.

Winners of the StartUp Cup Business Model Competition Have Been Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 21, 2014

Winners of the StartUp Cup Business Model Competition Have Been Announced

Silicon Valley, CA – The top three winning business models have been announced from the nearly 50 applicants who first submitted their business model ideas to the Silicon Valley StartUp Cup Business Model Competition in April.

The First Place Winner is InstaFlorist.

InstaFlorist is our proprietary floral technology that provides total accuracy and customization for any flower arrangement. Using our [actual and virtual] multi-patented vase grid template system, our software identifies the exact location and characteristics of any flower or floral composition. InstaFlorist software empowers customers to easily create, design, or modify any floral arrangement imaginable from their computer or mobile device.

The Second Place Winner is BOXX, Inc.

Micro Personal Transportation and its industry tech. Hardware and softwares. Updating a large and existing outdated market with clean tech affordable product solutions. It is personal, affordable micro clean transportation. Our first product is BOXX The 1 Meter Vehicle. This is a Global market scooter for both first world and third world product solutions. It is a clean minimal impact lifestyle product.

The Third Place Winner is Rouge Reel

Rouge Reel is an interactive marketplace where beauty companies, YouTube beauty artists, & their fans engage in live streaming video product reviews & tutorials. Our platform assists those interested in learning how to apply beauty products; creates transparency, instills confidence for product purchases, & facilitates the sale of beauty products featured in the video.

This was the third year for the Silicon Valley StartUp Cup, part of a growing global network of StartUp Cup Business Model Competitions.

“Working with these entrepreneurs has not only been a pleasure, it has been an extremely satisfying and rewarding experience to see that growth that has taken place over a 7-month period.”

Alice Fenton, Organizer Silicon Valley StartUp Competition

The StartUp Cup Business Model Competition process was born in Silicon Valley and proven in Tulsa, Oklahoma over the past six years. The competition has been fine-tuned based upon feedback from participating entrepreneurs, judges, coaches, entrepreneurial services providers, and community leaders.

 

The Silicon Valley StartUp Cup Business Model Competition is sponsored by Focus Business Bank, Meriwest Credit Union, and West Valley College.

Awards Celebration on November 21, 2013

The top seven finalists in the Second Annual Silicon Valley StartUp Cup Business Model Competition have made their final pitches to the StartUp Cup judges and it is time to learn which three entrepreneurs will be named the top winners in this seven month competition.

The Awards Celebration is free and open to the public.

When: 5:30-7:00PM on Thursday, November 21, 2013

Where: West Valley College Campus Center – 14000 Fruitvale Avenue in Saratoga

Special Event Parking: An e-parking permit is available at sv.startupcup@gmail.com
2013 Silicon Valley StartUp Cup Finalists include:

AFK Gamer Lounge  Kevin Wick and Tyler Peckham

AFK Gamer Lounge is a gamers paradise which provides a unique atmosphere for gamers to enjoy their favorite pastime in a social environment.  Members enjoy events such as gaming tournaments and leagues or can socialize in the AFK eSports Bar.

BioReady  Scott Marzano, Gavin McCann, Kira Dionis-Petersen, Dien Vo and Sheri-Michele Bachelor

BioReady is an innovative and technology-driven service company that focuses on bringing Smart Technology to scientific laboratories. Our goal is to automate ordering, inventory management, and ensure that scientific researchers have the right products to operate more efficiently.

Caked with Love  Ryan Flanigan and Amber Yang

Caked With Love is a mobile cake and cupcake catering company. We allow everyone to choose their own combination of cake and frosting flavors, customized for every occasion.

Coupon Genius  Paula Aguilar    

Coupon Genius is designed to teach simple yet powerful coupon techniques to everyday families. It has the potential to reduce their everyday household purchases by ninety percent.

Cranium Shield  Justin Wright, Lam Dinh, Ross Holman and Brian Knott

Cranium Shield provides radiation protection devices for the heads of doctors and patients exposed to ionizing radiation from medical imaging devices, such as x-ray, CT, and mammogram machines. Cranium Shields have been field tested at Stanford Hospital and the team has received idea validation from industry professionals, including practicing radiologists and dentists. Over the past few months, Silicon Valley Business Plan Competition (SVBPC) funding the team received has allowed the team to focus on product development, while the Silicon Valley StartUp Cup has been an influential source of business development guidance.

Startup-Pairup  Farah Chadwick

Startup-Pairup is a job re-entry site enabling educated women find flexible jobs with Silicon Valley companies. We provide customized training for Job Seekers to fill the resume gap.  We offer Class A talent to Silicon Valley companies at good value.

Tangerine+  Nancy McKereghan and Jenifer Bacon

Tangerine+ provides cloud-based displays showing real-time energy data as a compelling and interactive experience, designed to effectively publicize our clients’ commitment to alternative energy and the environment. We offer a full set of services from concept to delivery and on-going maintenance, streamlining the process for our partners and their customers.

2012 SCC StartUp Cup Business Model Competition Awards Celebration

You are cordially invited to attend the
2012 Silicon Valley County StartUp Cup
Business Model Competition Awards Celebration

Thursday, November 15, 2012
5:30 – 7:00pm

West Valley College Campus Center
14000 Fruitvale Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070

Free Admission / Appetizers and Refreshments Served

For directions go to:
www.westvalley.edu or click here: http://bit.ly/UdUtQ1

Special Event Parking will be available in Lot 5 – a short walk to the Campus Center

Sponsored by

Respond by November 13th to scc.startupcup@gmail.com

 

SCC StartUp Cup Judges Announce 12 Semi Finalists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 2nd, 2012

Silicon Valley County, CA – The top 12 business models have been selected out of the previous round of 25 contestants to move on to the next round of the Silicon Valley County StartUp Cup Business Model Competition. Participants will receive priceless business advice from coaches and judges throughout the competition.

“All of the entrepreneurs in the First Presentation Round inspired us with their passion for their business, and their interest and responsiveness to our judging panel. Even though only 12 could advance to the Semi Finals, they are all winners and will no doubt make valuable contributions to our communities.” Alice Fenton, Manager, Silicon Valley County StartUp Cup.

The Top 12 Semi-Finalists are: Betty’s Butterflies Day Care, BlueWave Technologies, CASS Dementia Care Consultants, Camp Fashionista, First Steps Child Care, Mix It Up Events, Open Medicine Institute, Peekaboo Creations, S.C. Play Time, Urban Aquaponic Farms, Vintage Electric, ZOONI Leathers.

The Top 12 businesses will present their refined business model and give a five-minute pitch to judges who will identify the seven best business models and advance them to the Final Round September 12, 2012. The seven finalists will then work with business coaches who will offer resources and expertise to help hone their business model and pitching techniques.

The seven finalists will compete for first place on November 15th at a ceremony at Le Petit Trianon during Global Entrepreneurship Week. There will be no monetary awards given to the Top Three Finalists. What they receive in the process of going though the different stages of the competition is over $70,000 worth of knowledge, expertise, judging and coaching as the judges and coaches work with them to make their business models the best that they can be.

For more information about the Silicon Valley County StartUp Cup Business Model Competition and Resource Information, visit http:SCC.StartUpCup.com.

SCC StartUp Cup Announces Top 25 Business Models

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 7, 2012

Silicon Valley County StartUp Cup Business Model Competition Judges Announce Top 25 Entrepreneurs

 Silicon Valley County, CA – The Top 25 business models have been selected to move on to the first round of judging in the Silicon Valley County StartUp Cup Business Model Competition. The entrepreneurs will receive priceless advice from local coaches and judges throughout the competition.

”Entrepreneurs who enter the Silicon Valley County StartUp Cup do not have to be experts at creating polished documents or be financial business wizards,” says Alice Fenton, Manager, Silicon Valley County StartUp Cup. “Instead, what they lack in experience they make up for in passion and dedication to achieve their dream.”

The Top 25 finalists are:

Alas
Alex’s Upholstery
Beautifully Empowered
Betty’s Butterflies Day Care
Blue Angels Consulting Inc
BlueWave Technologies
Camp Fashionista
CASS Dementia Care Consultants
EmergingMarkets-US
Espot Esports Bar and Lan Center
First Steps Child Care
Green Champs
JC Computers
Jireh Food Enterprises
Mix It Up Events
MLS Express Service
Open Medicine Institute
Panelshake Corp
Peekaboo Creations
S.C. Play Time
Sonidad
Spark Janitorial Services
Urban Aquaponic Farms
Vintage Electric
ZOONI Leathers

The Top 25 entrepreneurs will present their business model and give a seven-minute pitch in the first round to a panel of judges on June 27 and 28, 2012. At the end of the first round, the judges will identify the Top 12 and advance them to the Semi-Final Round. The 12 semi-finalists will then work with coaches who will offer resources and expertise to help the entrepreneurs polish their business models and pitching techniques.

In the Final Round of judging, seven finalists will compete for first place, which will be announced during Global Entrepreneurship Week on November 15th at an Award Ceremony and Celebration held at Le Petit Trianon in San Jose. Sponsors of the Silicon Valley County StartUp Cup are Focus Business Bank and West Valley College.

For more information about the Silicon Valley County StartUp Cup Business Model Competition, or for resource information, visit SCC.StartUpCup.com

StartUp Cup Business Model Competition Launched in Santa Clara County

Silicon Valley County residents with an innovative business idea are encouraged to enter the competition

April 24, 2012, Silicon Valley County, CA – A new and unique business competition called the StartUp Cup Business Model Competition has been licensed for launch in Silicon Valley County in 2012. Local business persons and residents, Cynthia Nowicki and Alice Fenton have teamed up to bring this job producing program developed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Silicon Valley County. Local residents with a good business idea are invited to enter the competition via the StartUp Cup Silicon Valley County Website between April 24 and May 22, 2012. http://SCC.StartUpCup.com.

StartUp Cup is a grassroots, locally driven, business model competition open to any type of business idea.  This local initiative has helped launch more than forty-six successful businesses in Tulsa, Oklahoma, its place of origin, since its creation in 2007.

“StartUp Cup offers a unique incentive to people with new business ideas,” said George Shirakawa, President of the County of Silicon Valley Board of Supervisors. Executive. “Furthermore, it will support our community efforts to create local jobs and help us in our efforts to address the void created by the demise of redevelopment in California.”

“I’m excited to see an approach that walks entrepreneurs through an extended process that provides coaching and feedback from others with proven success,” said Bruce Knopf, Director, Asset and Economic Development for the County of Silicon Valley Office of the County Executive. “This addresses a County-wide need to nurture creativity in all sectors, including but also reaching beyond our signature high-tech industry.”

The first phase of the judging process will begin June 27th and 28th followed by a coaching session for the Top 12 semifinalists on July 25th, 2012.

There is a significant difference between the StartUp Cup Silicon Valley County and other business-plan competitions. The StartUp Cup Silicon Valley County is designed to help the entrepreneurs with the best ideas get their businesses launched. The program includes hours of coaching and feedback from judges – at no cost.

“We are very excited that the StartUp Cup is arriving in Silicon Valley County,” said Sean Griffin, CEO  of BizXe, who founded StartUp Cup. “StartUp Cup exists to help communities grow their local economy, while providing the competitor with an amazing program of support throughout the process.”

StartUp Cup Silicon Valley County is also recruiting local entrepreneurs who would like to be part of the program as judges and coaches. Please visit the website for more information on how you can volunteer. We also invite everyone to “Like” the event on the Facebook page.

About

StartUp Cup is a community-based local business model competition. It is a proven model to build businesses and create jobs. It’s objective is to launch more than 50 local competitions resulting in a growth of 150 viable businesses with more than 20,000 jobs every year.

The 98% Entrepreneurship Reality

Sean Griffin is the CEO of BizXe and the creator of StartUp Cup. He posted this article on his company website, BizXe.com and thought it should be shared here as well. With his permission we’ve posted it below.

 

An Entrepreneurial Renaissance

There is no question about it. It’s an exciting time to be an entrepreneur wherever you live in the world. There is more attention being given to entrepreneurialism as a viable career path and way to innovate than at any other time in history. We are at the beginning of a full-blown entrepreneurial renaissance.

Organizations and programs that support new technology companies to launch and gain access to the tools, resources, and capital that accelerate building scalable, high growth businesses are being introduced on a daily basis.

Startup programs like Startup Weekend, Lean Startup Machine, TechStars, and YCombinator are highly successful at filtering large numbers of technology companies with mentoring and funding designed to test their business models in an effort to grow big, fast.

Let’s face it, you are hard pressed to go a full day without being fed a news story about a technology company that has raised their first and second multi-million-dollar investment or the latest IPO making the founders into millionaires and billionaires. Very exciting times indeed. At least for those that are able to turn their startup into piles of cash.

Over Promoting Unrealistic Behavior

There is a dirty little secret behind every startup story that puts a newly funded company on a pedestal, and very few people are talking about it. What is this secret?

Only 2% of all startups are funded by angels, accelerators, or venture capitalists. Let me state this in a different way so that it will fully sink in. Only 2% of all startups have a business model, experienced team, connections, and scalability, usually technology based, to raise money from investors.

Funding is for the elite. More and more the funding is going to ivy league college graduates and teams that have a proven track record of generating huge returns for investors.

This means that 98% of all entrepreneurs and startups are not gaining access to the tools, resources, and financing opportunities that will give their new company the opportunity to grow.

It’s Not Always a Technology World

It is time to think different about what it means to be an entrepreneur. The myth is that you have to be a rock star and grow a technology company to be the next Facebook or Google. This does not reflect the true reality of what it means to be an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurialism is a lifestyle, a mindset, a way to live a life with greater purpose and meaning. If we are to overcome the economic challenges we face as a nation we need to focus more energy on supporting the 98% of entrepreneurs who are starting new companies.

The challenge is that the 98% do not meet the capitalistic nature of our economy today. That is to say, that they do not have a company that can grow big fast and generate handsome returns for investors. No wonder so many have so much anger towards Wall Street.

The World Needs Small Businesses

The entrepreneurial reality of the 98% is that they are low-tech or no-tech companies, have done little or no planning, are made up of unproven teams, have little to no experience starting a company, and are not graduates of ivy league universities. In addition these companies only require a few thousand dollars to start generating revenue and will only grow 2 – 20 jobs.

Startups do not need to be a technology company. They do not need to change the world. They just need someone with an idea and the passion to take that idea into the market place. Just think about how different the American economy would be if we were giving small business startups a similar level of access to networks, coaching, and team development as the 2%.

We are over promoting unrealistic behavior. Instead of focusing on raising lots of money let’s focus on the development of viable business models that connect with customers willing to pay for the value created by the startup. By focusing on the generation of revenue that drives profitability there is less and less need to raise money.

Small business is at the cornerstone of entrepreneurship. Some will become the next Apple and most will become the next corner drugstore owning their business for 20 years. Both deserve the same support and regard for making a difference in our lives.

BizXe is born out of this frustration to see entrepreneurs armed with any type of idea gain access to the coaching, resources, and tools that the 2% have access to.

It’s time to start celebrating the real heroes of our economy, the 98% who work to make our lives better each and everyday.