|[March 05, 2014]
Comcast Business to award more than $600,000 in cash and services to tech savvy entrepreneurs through Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs program
PHILADELPHIA --(Business Wire)--
Business and Inc. Magazine today launched "Innovations
4 Entrepreneurs," a national competition that will award more than
$600,000 in cash and services to aspiring entrepreneurs who are
leveraging technology to enhance customer and employee experiences.
Individual winners will have the opportunity to win $25,000 in cash,
Comcast (News - Alert) Business Internet
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 (News - Alert), Microsot, Symantec, DocuSign, Soonr and Swiftpage
Engage for one year.
"Technology can transform a small business, and we want to elevate and
recognize those entrepreneurs that are using it to make a difference for
their customers and employees with the Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs
program," said Terry Connell, senior vice president, Comcast Business.
"Across our growing customer base, Comcast Business sees so many
incredible stories about how innovative uses of technology help create
exciting, profitable businesses. This program will show what can happen
when these promising companies receive the funding and tools they need
to take on the challenges of owning and running their own business."
Based on an essay submission, entries will be judged and two winners
will be selected in each of the 16 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. Entries
will be judged by John Jantsch, Marketing Consultant, Speaker and
best-selling author�of Duct Tape Marketing,�The
Commitment Engine�and�The Referral Engine and Anita
Campbell, Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends.
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.
Entrepreneurs are encouraged to visit www.business.comcast.com/i4E
to submit their application and essay and review the full program
details. Entries are due by April 30, 2014.
Regional winners will be notified the week of May 19, 2014. Public
voting for the 32 regional winners will be held May 20 - June 1, 2014.
The six grand prize winners will be announced the week of June 30, 2014
with the New York awards event planned for August 26, 2014.
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
For more information, call 866-429-3085.
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