July Favorites: Aiding your Applicants

The team at PitchBurner studies market trends and reads, a lot. Between Pulse, Prismatic and Trap.it, it’s pretty difficult not to stay current with industry trends and news. Obviously, our team is always seeking out what others are doing to be successful so that we can share that insight with our partners. However, as any start up should, we do most of our reading simply for the benefit of growing/improving our business.

Each month, we highlight a handful of the articles we read throughout the month and found to be the most interesting and "sharable." July's picks include:

  • Four different kinds of mentors
  • Places to find mentors
  • How to find (and keep) your ideal mentor

Check them out July's newsworthy picks now!

Writing a Business Plan: An Adventure, Not a Job!

A well-crafted business plan is crucial to success in business plan competitions. And not just any well-crafted business plan; one that stands out from the crowd. For students in business schools, especially those in entrepreneurial tracks, creating such a plan is a huge part of their education. For everyone else, it’s a learned art that combines your passion for a business with the down-to-earth details involved in getting that business off the ground.

If you’re a wanna-be entrepreneur or student who has a great idea for a business and either wants to enter a business plan competition or find funding, here are some factors to consider as you craft a business plan.

Size Doesn't Matter When it Comes to Making Your Competition Rock
Company News|PitchBurner|July 1, 2014

Competitions come in all sizes - from just a few applicants to thousands of applicants. However, no matter how few (or how many) submissions your event may receive, competition management software can still play a crucial role in making your competition, contest or awards program a success. If you run a large program, management of all your forms is essential to keep track of the high volume of participants you interact with. However, even if your event is small, it’s still of high-value, and your participants deserve a world-class experience.

9 Tips for Running a Photo or Video Contest

So you’re looking to run a photo or video contest. Perhaps you’ve never run one before (that’s totally okay!). We’re here to provide some helpful tips and tricks to running the most successful, ground-breaking photo/video contest ever.

7 Funding Benefits Entrepreneurs Gain from Business Plan Competitions
Company News|PitchBurner|June 17, 2014

Business plan competitions are valuable in the business world, especially now that the entrepreneurship rate is around 11.3% in the United States*, and it’s undeniable that one of the best parts is the capital that can be received and used to fund a business venture. However, different than any run-of-the-mill funding, the capital that comes from entrepreneurship competitions can be particularly helpful because it comes with things that aren’t just numbers after a dollar sign.

From funding to notoriety and beyond, business plan competitions are THE ideal place to receive capital for a business.

5 Reasons Entrepreneurship Competitions are an Ideal Place to Invest Capital
Company News|PitchBurner|June 12, 2014

We all know that entrepreneurship competitions are a great place to receive funding, gain notoriety, and network with influential entrepreneurs. However, you may not know that entrepreneurship competitions are a great place to invest capital, too!

June Favorites: Presentations
Company News|PitchBurner|June 9, 2014

The team at PitchBurner studies market trends and reads, a lot. Between Pulse, Prismatic and Trap.it, it’s pretty difficult not to stay current with industry trends and news. Obviously, our team is always seeking out what others are doing to be successful so that we can share that insight with our partners. However, as any start up should, we do most of our reading simply for the benefit of growing/improving our business.

Each month, we highlight a handful of the articles we read throughout the month and found to be the most interesting and "sharable." Check out June's newsworthy picks now!

Business Plan vs. Business Model Canvas

We're here to give you an overview of both the business plan competition, as well as the business model canvas event option (because we don’t play favorites). We simply want to showcase all of your competition options so you may compare, contrast, and make an informed decision about which type of event you want to run (or maybe just learn some new jargon for your next entrepreneurial get-together).

Meeting the Featured Employees of PitchBurner!
Company News|PitchBurner|May 30, 2014

Meet a few of the faces behind the PitchBurner Competition Management Platform!

Why Your Event Needs Competition Management Software
Company News|PitchBurner|May 28, 2014

You’re smart. You’re organized. You’re (probably) capable of fighting crime in Gotham City. But you’re also busy, and the idea of running an event on your own probably seems like an evil villain you just can’t kick. Have no fear: every great superhero needs a sidekick! That’s why, when you’re looking to run an event, competition management software is faithfully by your side.

Postcode Lottery Green Challenge

The Dutch Postcode Lottery was founded in 1989 to support charitable causes. Since the Postcode Lottery's founding, it has donated more than €4 billion to organizations working on behalf of humanity and the natural environment. Today, 2.5 million people in the Netherlands play every year, vying for hundreds of thousands of prizes each month. Half the price of each ticket is distributed among 90 charitable organizations. The Postcode Lottery started the Green Challenge in 2007 and continues today.

Startup Culture and Why We Love It
Company News|PitchBurner|April 15, 2014

Here at PitchBurner, we are very enthusiastic about our company. We love our team and our clients. Most importantly, we are absolutely bonkers about what we do. All of these totally awesome characteristics pull together to form a culture that’s completely unique to startup companies (and us!). Here are a few reasons why we love it so much:

Where?! Why?!
Company News|PitchBurner|April 1, 2014

You may wonder why we keep asking you these questions on our blog. No, we aren’t as demanding as we seem. We’re just back, enthusiastic and ready to tell you more about the 6 Age-Old Ways to Narrow the Scope of Your Event; specifically, as mentioned in the title, the “where!?” and the “why?”

43North: Helping Entrepreneurs and Startups across the Globe
PitchBurner|PitchBurner|March 25, 2014

With $5 million in cash prizes, including a top award of $1 million, six $500,000 awards and four $250,000 awards, 43North is helping entrepreneurs, startups and teams from across the globe turn their business ideas into reality in Buffalo, NY.

Ballston BID: A Tasty Competition
PitchBurner|PitchBurner|March 10, 2014

The Ballston BID is seeking the "Next Signature Restaurant." This new program is designed to activate commercial space and showcase Ballston as a magnet for discovery and innovation. This continuation of the LaunchPad Program will again showcase the creative, supportive environment that the Ballston BID fosters for entrepreneurs in the community.