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The Center for Entrepreneurship at Boise State University, in conjunction with the TEC Center, is launching The StartUp Shop, a new project designed to jump start economic development in the valley. The first StartUp Shop event will take place Thursday, Nov. 21


The StartUp Shop serves as a program that connects people with new business ideas to partners, entities and programs that can support them in their entrepreneurial journey. Through The StartUp Shop process, participants will receive feedback and development support at the critical early stages, including beneficial guidance on next steps and critical advice on strategic direction.


Each session will consist of a brief elevator pitch from a selected participant, followed by direct feedback and interaction with a panel of industry experts that have experience in the applicable field of the new business being pitched.  Students and community members with new business or product ideas are encouraged to submit applications to this free program.


“We see a major opportunity to help guide entrepreneurs through the make-or-break stages of new, innovative concepts. Savvy business ideas deserve strong support from industry experts, and The StartUp Shop will facilitate that vital input,” said Kent Neupert, Center for Entrepreneurship director. “Our goal is to create an environment to help foster the next generation of business — in a forum which capitalizes on the Treasure Valley’s knowledge base.”


Qualified participants will be vetted through a competitive application process to provide equal access to the expertise provided by StartUp Shop virtuosos.


“Once we better understand the idea proposed, we will assemble an expert audience comprised of local industry leaders to provide the best guidance for that project,” Neupert said.


The first session is scheduled for November 21 at 5:30 pm. Applicants can learn more at


About Boise State University

A public metropolitan research university with more than 22,000 students, Boise State comprises seven academic colleges, serving undergraduate and graduate students in nearly 200 majors and programs. Located in Idaho’s capital city, the university plays a crucial role in the region’s knowledge economy and famed quality of life. Learn more at

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  • When: Thursday November 21, 2013
  • Start: 21 November 2013
  • End: 21 November 2013
Kitchen Venture Lab


2203 University Drive
83725 Boise, ID

A neutral space of innovation, learning, building, creating and sharing.  This highly manipulable space welcomes innovators.  Movable white board walls, amazing technology, and high tech comfort all blend into the experience in this facility made for creative collaboration.

This welcoming space invites the user to set aside the world and meet in a neutral environment that moves with the needs of the group, as the group progresses through the creative process.


This space, not associated with any one college or department of Boise State University, facilitates cross-campus and cross-college research and development.  The Center for Entrepreneurship and the Office of University & Industry Ventures have created a neutral place for amazing ideas, research and meetings of the mind to take place.  We believe that the creation of the Kitchen answers the goal of “providing developmental opportunities for faculty to integrate research and teaching, promote diverse communities that foster faculty, staff and student interaction, and build and maintain facilities to support programs and create an attractive and accessible environment.”

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