XPRIZE Launches Rapid Covid Testing Competition

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Los Angeles-based XPRIZE , the organization which creates competitions to help encourage the advancement of technology to solve some of the world's biggest challenges, says it has launched a new prize, aimed at the rapid testing issue with COVID-19. XPRIZE says the competition challenges teams to develop new, low-cost testing solutions that range from testing devices with 15-minute results to distributed lab testing methods with "next morning" results.

Ingram Micro Sets Finalists In $1M Competition

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Irvine-based Ingram Micro , a distributor of technology products, is getting close to awarding $1M to a business-to-business (B2B) software startup, saying it has named the finalists in its annual "Comet Competition". The company said it has selected Alsid (Paris, France), apoQlar (Hamburg, Germany) and Balbix (San Jose, California) as the global finalists for its competition, selected from over 4,000 applicants from over 20 countries.

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Chipotle Shifts eSports Competition Online

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Newport Beach-based restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill says it is shifting its eSports competition, the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series , into an online tournament format. The first competition is on Monday. chipotle esports online competition tournamentThe eSports tournament--which was in person in Dallas, Texas last year--will include both professional gamers and celebrities, and will offer up $50,000 in prizes and free Chipotle for a year.

Ingram Micro Launches Startup Competition

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Irvine-based Ingram Micro , a distributor of technology products and provider of cloud and other related services, has launched a new competition aimed at startups, thec ompany said this morning. According to Ingram Micro, its new Comet Competition is aimed at early stage, independent software vendors (ISVs), which will award $5M in money and funding to a total of 60 ISVs, through a series of 16 competitions, which it will conduct internationally.

Inclusive Startup Pitch Competition

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Thursday, June 25, 2020 -- Inclusive Startup Pitch Competition by Startup Coil. Entrepreneurs and Seed Stage Startups pitch live to a panel of investor judges. We all get the future we build together. Entrepreneurs can have outsize impact on how societies and economies develop and evolve. Startup Coil is committed to supporting equity and inclusivity in search of a future that's brighter for all us.

National Business Plan Competition Deadline/Pismo Ventures

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Sunday, September 6, 2020 -- National Business Plan Competition Deadline/Pismo Ventures. Pismo Ventures presents the National Venture Plan Competition (NVPC). The NVPC is a business plan competition offering startups and entrepreneurs, across the United State, a unique opportunity to present their plans to experienced investors, screen in front of multiple investor groups nationwide, win cash and in-kind prizes, and participate in an array of invaluable webinars.

How To Highlight A Sustainable Competitive Advantage

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Don’t bash the competition. Every investor knows how vulnerable a new startup is to competitors, so investors always ask about your sustainable competitive advantage in the marketplace. competitor bashing investor pitch sustainable competitive advantage

Can you defend your pricing niche against your competition?

Berkonomics

There can be nothing more important in your business planning that selecting the proper pricing niche, making your story clear using that niche, and the defending your position against the competition. What competition would you face?

German Team Wins SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition

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A German team has won the fourth annual SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition on Sunday, taking its pod up to 288 mph (463 km/h), as SpaceX continues to push development of technology for the high tech, futuristic transportation technology cooked up by Elon Musk. The German team, from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), was also a previous winner in the Hyperloop Pod Competition, and came close to that record speed last year.

Performance competition is a good thing

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We deeply feel that competition of this sort is a good thing. We love this! If you've not been watching the ASP.NET team's community standups , you have missed some surprisingly transparent, interesting, and oftentimes funny updates from a major web application framework development team. Every time I watch one I marvel, this is Microsoft? Clearly we're seeing a new Microsoft. If you're not watching, you would have also missed how much emphasis the ASP.NET team is putting on performance.

SPOTLITE Launches Singing Competition App

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spotlite singing competition talent music musician iphone androidLos Angeles- and Beijing-based SPOTLITE says it has launched a new, mobile app, which lets music fans sing original music, cover, or karaoke songs to win money. Spotlite said its executives come from such companies as Google Music, Yahoo! Music, Microsoft, Atom Factory, and Warner/Chappell, and that its development and tech teams are in Beijing, with marketing, A&R, and business development based in Los Angeles.

Curogram Selected For Publicis Startup Competition

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Los Angeles-based health messaging startup Curogram , a new startup developing a web-based, SMS app for the healthcare market, has been selected as a finalist for the Publicis Health Media Disruption Garage Competition, according to the company. competition startup publicis curogram media disruption award health healthcare

Sony Electronics Launches Competition For Female Filmmakers, Photographers

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The competition is in its second year. sony diego photographer filmmaker female competition contest mentorshipSony Electronics , which runs its U.S. operations out of San Diego, says it has launched a contest that will award $21,000 in project budget and up to $5,000 in Sony gear to female photographers and filmmakers. According to the company, its Alpha Female Creator-in-residence Program is aimed at helping advance the careers of female photographers and filmmakers.

XPRIZE Awards $15M In Global Learning Competition

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According to XPRIZE, it decided to split the top $10M award in the competition between two winners-- Kitkit School , which has developed a learning program using a "game-based core"; and onebillion , a developer of "numeracy content" and literacy material. xprize learning competition kitkit onebillion school education educational software swahiliMarina Del Rey-based XPRIZE , the organization led by Dr. Peter H.

XPRIZE: 77 Teams In $10M ANA Avatar Competition

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Los Angeles-based XPRIZE , the nonprofit which runs global competitions to spur the development of technology to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges, says it now has 77 teams signed up for its $10M ANA Avatar XPRIZE Competition. The ANA Avatar XPRIZE Competition is aimed at spurring development of technology to allow humans to have a remote presence in remote locations in real time. xprize avatar competition technology development

Make Yourself A Key Sustainable Competitive Advantage

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The only “sustainable competitive advantage” in business is self-awareness. entrepreneur scott belsky sustainable competitive advantageThe most successful entrepreneurs and business owners I know are humble, and they don’t have an inflated sense of self.

Building a Bigger Competitive Future

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019 -- Building a Bigger Competitive Future. Brand strategist Derrick Daye shares the requirements of building a bigger competitive future for brands in an over-communicated, over-competitive and uncertain marketplace. Brands in all stages of development will benefit and each attendee will leave with actionable insights and a higher degree of optimism about their competitive future in an Age of Disruption.

7 Positive Ways To Highlight Your Competitive Clout

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As an investor, I always listen carefully to what an entrepreneur says, and does not say, about competition. Every business area has competition and every customer has alternatives, so a smart entrepreneur needs to acknowledge these as a positive in defining a big market, and position the features of a new solution in this context. Here are seven key ways to do this: Frame the competition as manageable.

Toshiba Sues Western Digital Over Unfair Competition

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Irvine-based Western Digital has just been sued by Toshiba Corporation , which is seeking $1 billion in damages for what it says is violation of the Unfair Competition Prevention Act. toshiba western digital competition legal joint venture memory flashAccording to Sohiba, it filed a lawsuit in the Tokyo District Court against Western Digital Corporation, a U.S. company, and its subsidiary Western Digital Technologies, Inc.

Seed Stage Startup Pitch Competition

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 -- Seed Stage Startup Pitch Competition. Startup Coil. startups and entrepreneurs pitch on stage for product, business model, and investing feedback, and one winner will take home a valuable prize package. See [link] (more

Startup Demo Competition

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 -- Startup Demo Competition. 805 Startups is partnering with the City of Thousand Oaks to hold a startup demo competition at their beautiful Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The selected startups will present in front of an audience of 400 people from across Southern California and to a panel of judges made up of ACTIVE startup investors (angels and VCs). See [link] (more

California Facing Competition for Video Game Industry

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California is facing increasing competition from states and national governments for its video game industry, according to a report scheduled to be released on Feb. 13 by the Milken Institute

6 Keys To Convince Investors Of Your Competitive Edge

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Most entrepreneurs are quick to assert to potential investors that their product or solution will kill the competition, but unfortunately your opinion alone is not enough to convince most experienced investors. A competitive advantage to a non-problem or tiny niche is not interesting to investors. Secondly, they want to see your competitive analysis of how you stack up to the top players in the space, by name, with quantitative comparisons and customer value.

Here’s how NOT to define your competition

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An entrepreneur pitches using a deck with no slide for competition. We have no competition.”. We investors see this all the time. When asked (as we always do,) the response is “This is new. Niet! Unh unh. Professional investors laugh when they hear an entrepreneur come out with that one. That statement has killed more investment deals than almost any other.

Blizzard Entertainment, ESPN Partner On Gaming Competition

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Irvine-based online, massively multiplayer online game maker Blizzard Entertainment said last week that it is launching a new, video game competition which will award more than $450,000 in tuition and other prizes to college students--not to mention coverage on ESPN. The competition also includes a fantasy sports-like bracket competition that anyone can enter to also win other prizes, without playing the game.

Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

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He wants to compete to be the lead drummer in the competitive ensemble and study under Terence, an obsessive instructor who is hell bent on winning competitions for the school. But the film has my brain buzzing all week about obsessive and competitive people. Kobe is kobe because he practices more than even the most elite professionals in a hyper competitive industry and because he is simply more dedicated to his success than many other people are. Obsession.

FanWide Wins $10,000 Sports Startup Competition At USC

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FanWide , a startup which helps users find "viewing parties" for their favorite college or pro sports teams, anywhere they live or travel, has won a the $10,000 prize in the HYPE Sports Innovation competition, held last week at the University of Southern California. According to HYPE, the competition, held in conjunction with USC's Marshall School of Business and Silicon Valley Bank, was aimed at finding the most disruptive technology likely to shape the future of basketball.

IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Competition Opens Registration

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The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE , the $5M competition being run by Los Angeles-based XPRIZE , has opened up registrations to teams, and has published guidelines for the artificial intelligence competition. The new competition is seeking to spur teams to create artificial intelligence technology, to challenge some of humanity's most pressing challenges. watson xprize competition registration nonprofit challenge artificial intelligence software

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Qualcomm Ventures Kicks Off Startup Competition

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San Diego-based Qualcomm Ventures , the venture investment arm of Qualcomm, has kicked off its annual venture competition, the QPrize , dangling seven $100,000 regional prizes and a $150,000 grand prize. Qualcomm''s competition looks to identify the most promising, early-stage technology companies relevant to its business from across the globe. Qualcomm said the deadline for the startup competition this year is April 18th.

CapLinked Launches Pitch Competition

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Los Angeles-based CapLinked , the developer of an online platform for managing fundraising and investors, said this morning that it has launched a new pitch competition. The firm said that judges for the competition come form Idealab, Rincon, Rapidfire, and Actarus, including Idealab's Alex Maleki and Rincon's Jim Andelman. caplinked pitch business entrepreneur startup competition fundraising

National Venture Plan Competition Applications are Open - Early Bird Registration

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Qualcomm Ventures Sweetens Pot In QPrize Competition

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San Diego-based Qualcomm said Thursday that it is doubling the size of its QPrize annual investment funding competition, and will now award $250,000 in convertible note financing to regional winners, with an additional $250,000 to grand prize winners. This will be the fifth year of the competition. qualcomm ventures qprize competition prize seed investment venture capital

New Competition Looks For Startups Combating Climate Change

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A new, startup competition, called the California Climate Cup --run by te Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF)--says it is looking to identify the most promising startups, globally, who are working on innovations for megacities for zero emission transportation and clean energy. The new competition will offer up cash prizes and an opportunity to pitch those startups to investors.

Flowtab Wins Startup Competition

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Los Angeles-based FlowTab , the developer of a smartphone application which allows users to order food and drink from their smartphone, has scored the top position in a competition hosted by Glendale-based startup incubator/office space Voivoda Labs.

Qualcomm Launches Third QPrize Competition

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San Diego-based Qualcomm has launched its third annual QPrize competition, the competition where the firm looks to vet and fund early stage technology companies from around the world. Qualcomm said it has increased its total prize pool to $1M for the year, and also added Brazil and Eastern Europe as regions covered by the competition. qualcomm qprize competition business plan compete wireless

XPRIZE Launches New $10M, Avatar Competition

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The XPRIZE , the Los Angeles nonprofit focused on running competitions to help solve world problems, has launched a new prize competition, in conjunction with All Nippon Airways (ANA). According to the two, the competition will spur teams to create a robotic avatar that allows an untrained operator to complete a diverse series of tasks, from simple to complex, in a physical environment at least 100km away, in the next four months.

Competitive Intelligence

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 -- Competitive Intelligence: 007 Market Intel. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to estimate market size, competitive market share, how many potential customers are there, and price points. PDMA SoCal. It's Monday morning. The company president calls you into his office after attending a brainstorm session. He announces, "Let's build a gold-plated widget!"

Data Scientist Team Share Lessons Learned From Competition

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When you’re in a competition and on the spot, answering questions to industry experts can be a nerve-wrecking process. GalvanizeU graduates Baolin Liu and Jonathan Hourany, current gU student Anthony Abercrombie, Data Scientist in Residence Eugene Huang, and their teammate Jared Wilber, a UC Berkeley grad student, learned a ton after their time on stage at the iidata Time Analysis Competition. Last year, the guys were late to the competition because of major traffic delays.

Bird To Face Competition From Uber, Lyft In San Francisco

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bird scooter lime electric rental venture capital uber lyft competition transportationLos Angeles-based on-demand scooter rental service Bird will have to compete against both Uber and Lyft in its fight for the San Francisco market. According to The Verge, both companies have applied for electric scooters in San Francisco, and are hoping to operate electric scooters there.

8 Work Trends Driven By New Ventures And Competition

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Both are required to stay competitive. The new era of highly connected and interactive technology is changing not only how business employees interact with customers, but also how they interact with each other, and with their company. I am happy to see reports that young companies are leading the way in these trends, on both the customer and the employee side.

Pitch Competition Like No Other: A Dating Site For Puppets?

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A new technology "pitch competition", Techgladiatr , said it is giving away "beer, BBQ, and cupcakes" as part of a pitch event tonight which will give startups 30 minutes to pitch "a business inspired by a random idea". pitch dating competition startup improbable comedian joke april1st april A dating site for puppets? An app to help exorcise possessed kids?

Be careful how you define your competition.

Berkonomics

Professional investors laugh when they hear an entrepreneur state, “We have no competition.” That statement has killed more investment deals than almost any other. It is a failed litmus test for the entrepreneur, even if the plan is for a totally new device or service that could take the world by storm. Well, come to think of it, this is especially true in such an instance. The statement shows a lack of research or previous thinking that is a red flag for investors.

Equipois Wins Pitch Competition

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Los Angeles-based Equipois , which develops ergonomic arm technology, was the winner of a fast pitch competition hosted by the Monte Jade Science & Technology Association last week at Caltech. Tags: equipois venture capital fast pitch competition Equipois, which is headed by Eric Golden , has developed technology to make lifting and manipulating heavy loads and tooling effortless. The technology is based on the technology behind Hollywood's Steadicam.