GoGo Labs is Utilizing Gamification to Improve Students’ Graduation Rates

By | Jul 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm

According to stats released this past April, for the first time in history, U.S. high school graduation rates hit 80 percent. That’s not to say, though, that such results necessarily mean a long-term effect on our education system; rather, that recent trends in education…



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

By | Jun 16, 2014 at 6:15 pm

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…



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

By | May 22, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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…

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Boise’s Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…

By | Apr 25, 2014 at 4:53 pm

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…

Celebrate Startup Tour


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

By | Apr 8, 2014 at 11:41 am

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…



Healthfundr Taps Healthcare Industry to Fund Healthcare Startups

By | Oct 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm

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,…



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

By | Sep 2, 2013 at 3:00 pm

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)….

Case Study


Boise Makes Progress on Building a Stronger Tech Talent Pipeline

By | Sep 2, 2013 at 9:00 am

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…



StartupBoise: Energizing the Boise entrepreneur and startup scene

By | Aug 5, 2013 at 11:04 am

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…


Toasts and Technology at the Tech Cocktail Boise Mixer

By | May 16, 2013 at 11:00 am

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…



NetCamps: Streamlining Camp Administration to Help Coaches

By | May 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm

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…

Social Good


Sunlution Aims to Make Solar Power Cost Efficient and Global

By | May 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Jeff Roth, founder of Sunlution, has worked in the power utility and solar photovoltaic (PV) industry most of his life. Through his experience, Roth noticed a need for lower-cost solar PV products that made solar power more practical. Roth has already filed a utility…

Social Good


Conquer Child Sexual Abuse with Speak Your Silence’s P2P Fundraising

By | Apr 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Nonprofit Speak Your Silence is tackling a tough issue: child sexual abuse. Their platform, Outspoken, lets supporters raise money to fight it and to rally others to public support with marathons or events. Proceeds fund a free counseling program for victims of sexual abuse. Below, CEO…



Mobi2Market: Marketing Services for Small Business

By | Apr 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm

James Blackburn is a small business owner and an entrepreneur. With Mobi2Market, his goal is to give businesses access to the marketing services that big corporations have, without putting them out of business. Mobi2Market, the company he started with his son Mike, helps businesses…