Comcast Business announced that for the third consecutive year the company will seek out the nation’s most innovative startup companies and entrepreneurs to participate in its Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs competition. Current and aspiring business owners can enter the competition for a chance to win up to $30,000 and participate in a day of mentoring with teams of business experts who will provide advice on how to implement their plan.
“Our sales have increased 32 percent since last year, and I attribute that to some of the changes we put in place using money we won in the Comcast Business I4E contest,” said Gail Kincade, owner of Act II Consignment, a boutique consignment shop and 2015 Grand Prize Winner. “We added a technology-driven loyalty program, updated our computers, improved our website and hired more employees so we could ramp up sales. I was able to open a third store three months after I got back from my I4E trip to Philadelphia.”
Regional winners will be announced April 25, 2016. Voting from among the regional winners will take place between April 26 – May 13, 2016. The six grand prize winners will be announced June 6, 2016 with the Grand Prize event planned for August 2016.
“Startup businesses and entrepreneurs play a key role in developing our economy and creating new jobs across the country, and technology can play an important part in helping them turn business goals into reality,” said Denice Hasty, senior vice president of product management and marketing at Comcast Business. “We have seen amazing ideas and examples of innovation from past I4E winners and participants, and we look forward to bringing opportunity to more innovative startups and entrepreneurs this year.”