Two Boise Startups Win B Launched 2.0 Competition

Blaunched,Boise,Boise startup,startup newsA pair of Boise startups took home $30,000 in initial funding in Boise Young Professionals competition called B Launched. The contest pitted four startup businesses against each other with the first place team getting $20,000 in initial funding and the second place team taking home $10,000.

Be Free Village is a Boise startup that connects travelers with resources and products who have special dietary needs and food allergies. They have a pretty large launch team including: Lisa Bloomquist, Jared Buff, Chase Burrell, Ali Farber, Brooke Green, Brad Hennessy, Alex Krone, Jennie Myers, Jessie Speck and Cody Wiggins.

“BeFree Village is more than just a community,” Bloomquist said to the Idaho Statesmen. “It is a brand on a mission to become the trusted name for travelers with allergy needs.”

Bloomquist told the Boise Weekly that they were ready to move on.

“That was by far the best presentation I’ve seen done,” Dr. David Pate, president and CEO of St. Luke’s Health system and B-Launched judge, told the Be Free Village team. “The reason you didn’t get a lot of questions is because you answered them.”

The second place team is called Cray Say and they plan on making an app that aids shoppers. They received a $10,000 prize.

In addition to Pate the other judges included:  Boise Mayor David Bieter, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bill Connors, J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation Executive Director Jamie MacMillan, Idaho Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer, Micron Technology Idaho Government Affairs Manager Mike Reynoldson, and Children’s Therapy Place Inc. President & CEO Sondra McMindes.

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