Hey Boise: It’s Time Again For The Mark Solon Challenge
A couple of years ago, David Cohen (CEO and co-founder of TechStars) was in Boise speaking at the WaterCooler and we challenged local entrepreneurs to get a company selected into the TechStars program (He dubbed it “the Mark Solon Challenge”). The challenge was first answered by an Idaho startup called Rewards Force from Coeur d’Alene when they were selected to participate in the first Seattle TechStars program. They ultimately would up moving to Seattle and have enjoyed terrific success since then. It took a little while to get another but last summer Boise-based startup Meal Ticket (co-founded by Brian Konrath & Dan Henderson, now joined by new CEO Wink Jones) was accepted into the Boulder program and is now thriving back home here in Idaho!
So who’s next Boise? TechStars Seattle applications are open and I wanted to make sure you all know about this incredible opportunity. By now, you know that TechStars is a three month entrepreneur’s boot camp where you’ll receive intensive mentorship and access to their elite network of world-class mentors and investors. For the first time ever, TechStars will also receive a $100k convertible note plus the traditional $18k investment. Apply to TechStars Seattle at apply.techstars.com by June 15, 2012 and join forces with the #1 tech accelerator in the world!
Oh, and don’t take my word for it, I urge you to go talk to Brian and Dan at Meal Ticket for their perspective…