TV shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Voice” are in full swing, but what about discovering tech’s biggest new star? Those who have a knack for business over ballroom dance and a a flair for technology over show tunes are in luck: Your creative idea could come with a hefty cash prize and consulting opportunity.
In Washington alone, two businesses will win $5,000 each – plus Comcast Business Internet and TV services for two years along up to a $2,500 Comcast Business Account credit and services from Comcast’s Upware partners: Cisco, Microsoft, Symantec, DocuSign, Soonr and Swiftpage Engage for one year. The total value of the cash and prizes is about $15,000. It’s all part of Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs, from Comcast Business and Inc. Magazine, a national competition that will award more than $600,000 in cash and services to aspiring entrepreneurs leveraging technology to enhance customer and employee experiences. Already in brainstorm mode? Here are a few must-knows before hitting the drawing board:
- Based on an essay submission, entries will be judged and two winners selected in each of the 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. These are the two winners in Washington who would receive $5,000 each.
- 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.
- 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.
Submit your application and essay by April 30 here: business.comcast.com/i4E.