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Boise Accelerator Collabortank to Provide Resources for Local Startups


A coalition of successful business owners and educators have joined forces to create Collabortank, a startup accelerator at Boise Hub co-working space for entrepreneurs. The Boise accelerator comes at a time when the city is starting to get national attention as a growing tech hub, recently ranked top 5 “under-the-radar tech hubs” in the United States. The accelerator, in collaboration… Read more »

Apple Acquires BookLamp, Final Amount Still Pending


Late last week TechCrunch reported that Apple had made an interesting move to acquire Boise, Idaho based book startup BookLamp. The location of acquisition paired with the fact that Apple is buying a startup in the literature market are both causes to pay close attention; Apple seldom moves to buy smaller tech companies, but when… Read more »

Restaurants and Grocers Now Have Easier Access to Locally-Grown Food


Everyone (or, at least, most people) wants local food – there’s no denying that. From our local grocery stores and Trader Joe’s, to farmers markets and even our very own gardens, we consumers have grown to associate “local” with freshness, health, sustainability, and community support. Direct Local Food, a Boise-based startup, is helping to increase access… Read more »

Solar Roadways Is Exactly What It Sounds Like, And It’s Awesome


Solar freakin’ roadways, man: that’s what people are already saying about Scott and Julie Brusaw’s company, Solar Roadways. You see, they’re the perfect amount of entrepreneur mixed with big dreamer, and they’ve invented a way to power homes, offices, and schools by turning our roads into energy harvesting highways. Scott, an electrical engineer (MSEE) with… Read more »

This Home Brewing Kit Will Produce a Drink for You in Less Than a Day


According to the most recent survey by the American Homebrewers Association conducted last year, 80 percent of shops selling beginner home brewing kits saw an increase in the number of sales in 2012. It’s now 2014, and it seems that interest in home brewing continues to rise; indeed, a Google Trends analysis shows that there’s been a… Read more »

Boise’s Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…


On Wednesday night, we teamed up with develop.idaho for a Boise Mixer & Startup Showcase, and it was a fun night! It included the Best Pitch award determined by our live SMS poll and the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll. Here are the winners: Boise’s Hottest Showcasing Startup – Best Pitch RetroLux – RetroLux helps lighting contractors and… Read more »

Who is Boise’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]

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Tech Cocktail is excited to be headed back to Boise in just a few weeks to team up with develop.idaho for another Tech Cocktail Mixer & Startup Showcase on Wednesday, April 23rd. Make sure you join us at Stueckle Sky Center, Boise State University to meet some of Boise’s hottest startups and see them compete for a chance to become… Read more »

Healthfundr Taps Healthcare Industry to Fund Healthcare Startups


Healthcare is hot. With a massive aging population, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and a growing focus on health data, healthcare is a market of great interest, activity, and innovation and will be for decades to come.  Healthcare startups continue to emerge, and the potential growth opportunities continue to attract investors – institutional… Read more »

eTripTrader Partners With Era Alaska to Provide Safe, Efficient, and Flexible Airline Scheduling


eTripTrader, a startup highlighted at the first Tech Cocktail mixer in Boise, Idaho, recently closed a multi-year contract with Era Alaska, the largest regional airline based in Alaska. This contract will allow Era Alaska to utilize eTripTrader’s innovative SkedFlex Crew Management System (SkedFlex CMS). SkedFlex CMS is a software platform that helps regional airlines manage… Read more »

Boise Makes Progress on Building a Stronger Tech Talent Pipeline


When Frank Gruber, Tech Cocktail’s CEO, visited Boise last year, he commented about the positive momentum taking place in making a Boise a business-friendly place that can grow successful companies. Many tech-based startups have an urgent need for new software professionals, which is why Boise’s economic development agencies have been working together to implement solutions… Read more »

StartupBoise: Energizing the Boise entrepreneur and startup scene


The best entrepreneurial communities provide an abundance of opportunities to collaborate, network, and share expertise. Boise, the City of Trees, has a lot to offer upcoming startups, but to take the city to the next level of entrepreneurial activity, this fertile ground needs to be nurtured. That’s why local entrepreneurs are so excited about the… Read more »

Toasts and Technology at the Tech Cocktail Boise Mixer


Tech Cocktail hosted its fourth Boise Mixer & Startup Showcase on Wednesday, April 17th at Boise State University’s Stueckle Sky Center, along with our exceptional Boise Ambassador Martin Hambalek, IT director at Memjet and Software Alliance vice chair at the Idaho Technology Council. The event allowed us to showcase some of Boise’s most innovative startups. At the event,… Read more »

NetCamps: Streamlining Camp Administration to Help Coaches


Through his experience as a staff member at an NCAA Division 1 University, Chris Chattin saw the challenges from dealing with thousands of pieces of paperwork, scattered payments, and complicated records. He felt there was a better way to manage camp administration, which is why he founded NetCamps. Clients who sign up for NetCamps are… Read more »