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Runner Up of 2016 USA CREATIVE BUSINESS CUP

August 26, 2016 in Blog Post | Comments (0)

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2016 USA CBC Runner Up press release

For Immediate Release, August 18, 2016

Runner Up of 2016 USA CREATIVE BUSINESS CUP

Contacts: Dennis Cheek, Executive Director, 904-859-6088, Dennis@nationalcreativitynetwork.com; Nicole Gallub, CEO, Pelonkey, 202-329-9387, neekola@pelonkey.com

 

The National Creativity Network (NCN) is pleased to announce the runner-up of the 2016 USA Creative Business Cup competition – Pelonkey of Washington, DC. Pelonkey (pelonkey.com) is a SaaS-based management marketplace connecting vetted, talented performing artists to the event planners who want to hire them.  All promotions, bookings, contracts, payment and scheduling are handled quickly and easily, online! According to Dennis Cheek, Executive Director of the National Creativity Network, Pelonkey was a response to the frustrations of its talented CEO, Nicole Gallub who is a performer, producer, and a rather well-known DJ in the greater DC metropolitan area under her stage name, DJ Neekola. Music artists like herself have great difficulties connecting with suitable outlets for their performances within the loosely organized and yet often tightly controlled, music industry. Pelonkey provides a one-stop shop for artists to get recognized and plugged into a systematic system that matches artists with event planners in an easily accessible, efficient, and economical manner.

 

Gallub of Pelonkey, noted that they “were very excited to participate in the 2016 USA Creative Business Cup alongside many other talented creative ideas and businesses.  The contacts we made at this event helped bridge gaps to important decision makers in the community. Being selected as a runner-up has provided further validation from other creative professionals that we are solving a big problem for our industry.”

 

This is the fifth year of the USA Creative Business Cup and the first face-to-face finals competition. The 2016 USA CBC winner was previously announced as Kitchology of Germantown, MD. David Baldwin, President of Aquarian Technology Systems in Ohio, served as the Coordinator for this year’s finals. He assembled four judges with diverse areas of expertise: Anas (Andy) Shallal, founder and owner of Busboys and Poets and other culinary establishments in the greater Washington, DC area; Aric Wanveer, co-founder and CEO of Zero Gravity Creations of Baltimore, MD – the 2013 USA Creative Business Cup winner; Bailey Skiles, Managing Director of TAG Media of Booz Allen Hamilton’s Strategic Innovation Group; and Richard Miles, co-founder and Vice President of the Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention in Gainesville, FL and coordinator of the annual CADE Museum Prize for inventors and entrepreneurs in Florida universities and colleges.

Creative Business Cup (www.creativebusinesscup.com) is an annual competition that culminates in the world finals in Copenhagen, Denmark as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week – the entire third week of November each year involving some 10 million people worldwide in some 40,000 activities. National winners from over 70 nations will compete this November before a distinguished panel of 20 judges, dignitaries, and potential investors from private and public organizations around the world. All entries are recent business start-ups that draw upon the talents of the creative industries for their core business practices and products, e.g., design, architecture, crafts, advertising, publishing, music, film & video, gaming, radio & TV, gastronomy, and leisure activities. National winners will also participate in a variety of other events organized in conjunction with the Creative Business Cup.

The National Creativity Network (www.nationalcreativitynetwork.org) is a US-registered nonprofit that seeks to advance the skillful application of imagination, creativity, and innovation to positively impact commerce, culture, education, and government across North America. The NCN works with regional coalitions, tribal nations, and national organizations across Canada, Mexico, and the United States and with global partners with similar goals. Its activities include the work of the Creative Economy Coalition, the annual USA Creative Business Cup, weekly news blasts, webinars, the Sir Ken Robinson Award for Leadership in Creativity and Innovation, National Creativity Network Conference, and the National Creative Economy Summit.

 

For more information on Pelonkey, please visit its website at pelonkey.com.


Winner of 2016 USA CREATIVE BUSINESS CUP

August 6, 2016 in Blog Post | Comments (0)

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2016 USA CBC Winner press release

 

For Immediate Release, August 3, 2016

Winner of 2016 USA CREATIVE BUSINESS CUP

Contacts: Dennis Cheek, Executive Director, 904-859-6088, Dennis@nationalcreativitynetwork.com; Dr. Alain Briançon, Co-founder and CEO, Kitchology, 301-728-5512, alain.briancon@kitchology.com

 

The National Creativity Network (NCN) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 USA Creative Business Cup – Kitchology of Germantown, MD. Kitchology (www.kitchology.com) is the first company to create an integrated social cooking platform for the estimated 160 million people dealing with special diets and the suppliers who sell to them. It allows consumers to overcome the limitations imposed by food restrictions, and makes it easy for like-minded cooks to find each other. Kitchology applies machine learning to nutrition science, profiling and social curation to help the home cook match and modify recipes to satisfy the challenges of food allergies, intolerances, and special diets.  Kitchology enables meal planning based on ingredients previously used and explored, personalized ingredient substitutions, purchasing with intelligent shopping lists, step-by-step cooking, and fosters influencer relationships.

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Dr. Alain Briançon, co-founder and CEO says, “We are thrilled to be recognized as the 2016 USA Creative Business Cup Winner. The Kitchology platform, created by chefs, nutritionists, data scientists and software engineers is one of the most cross-disciplinary designs with which I have even been associated. Marrying gastronomy, artificial intelligence, and mobile software creates a potent recipe for purposeful disruptions in the food and wellness industries. We can’t wait to go to Copenhagen to meet and compete with our counterparts from 70 nations.”

This is the fifth year of the USA Creative Business Cup and the first face-to-face finals competition. David Baldwin, President of Aquarian Technology Systems in Ohio, served as the Coordinator for this year’s finals. He assembled four judges with diverse areas of expertise: Anas (Andy) Shallal, founder and owner of Busboys and Poets and other culinary establishments in the greater Washington, DC area; Aric Wanveer, co-founder and CEO of Zero Gravity Creations of Baltimore, MD – the 2013 USA Creative Business Cup winner; Bailey Skiles, Managing Director of TAG Media of Booz Allen Hamilton’s Strategic Innovation Group; and Richard Miles, co-founder and Vice President of the Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention in Gainesville, FL and coordinator of the annual CADE Museum Prize for inventors and entrepreneurs in Florida universities and colleges.

“While each of the finalists in the Creative Business Cup Competition were worthy of consideration for the award,” Dave Baldwin noted, “Kitchology emerged as a clear leader in terms of the market potential of its unique product and service, the level of research and soundness of its product for the target market, the experience and maturity of the leadership team, and the potential to compete most effectively in Copenhagen for the Global Creative Business Cup competition. We’re very excited for the folks at Kitchology.”

Creative Business Cup (www.creativebusinesscup.com) is an annual competition that culminates in the world finals in Copenhagen, Denmark as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week – the entire third week of November each year involving some 10 million people worldwide in some 40,000 activities. National winners from over 70 nations will compete this November before a distinguished panel of 20 judges, dignitaries, and potential investors from private and public organizations around the world. All entries are recent business start-ups that draw upon the talents of the creative industries for their core business practices and products, e.g., design, architecture, crafts, advertising, publishing, music, film & video, gaming, radio & TV, gastronomy, and leisure activities. National winners will also participate in a variety of other events organized in conjunction with the Creative Business Cup.

For more information on Kitchology, please visit its blog and social media channels via FacebookPinterestYouTube and follow @kitchology or @kitchenchick on Twitter. Kitchology blog is the source for updates surrounding great food, recipes to share along with food interests, and technology industry headlines.

The National Creativity Network (www.nationalcreativitynetwork.org) is a US-registered nonprofit that seeks to advance the skillful application of imagination, creativity, and innovation to positively impact commerce, culture, education, and government across North America. The NCN works with regional coalitions, tribal nations, and national organizations across Canada, Mexico, and the United States and with global partners with similar goals. Its activities include the work of the Creative Economy Coalition, the annual USA Creative Business Cup, weekly news blasts, webinars, the Sir Ken Robinson Award for Leadership in Creativity and Innovation, National Creativity Network Conference, and the National Creative Economy Summit.


Winner of 2015 USA CREATIVE BUSINESS CUP

July 31, 2015 in Blog Post | Comments (0)

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For Immediate Release, July 24, 2015

Winner of 2015 USA CREATIVE BUSINESS CUP

Contact: Dennis Cheek, Executive Director, 904-859-6088

 

The National Creativity Network (NCN) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 USA Creative Business Cup: BrightCores, Inc. of Albuquerque, NM (www.bright-cores.com). The Creative Business Cup (www.creativebusinesscup.com) is an annual competition that culminates in the world finals in Copenhagen, Denmark as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (this year’s competition dates are 17-19 November). National winners from over fifty nations will compete before a distinguished panel of 20 judges, dignitaries, and potential investors from private and public organizations around the world. All entries are recent business start-ups that draw upon the talents of the creative industries for their core business practices and products, e.g., design, architecture, crafts, advertising, publishing, music, film & video, gaming, radio & TV, gastronomy, and leisure activities. National winners will also participate in a variety of other events organized in conjunction with the Creative Business Cup.

BrightCores is a mobile app-based education company whose products help children master language and stimulate creative thinking so that recognized and measurable outcomes are achieved in literacy, creative thinking, and essential life skills. About BrightCores, Inc., Dennis Cheek, Executive Director of the National Creativity Network, notes that “facility with language in its aural, written, and spoken forms is vital to thinking, learning, and the expression of human creativity. These apps make what could be a set of arduous tasks engaging and accessible. It is a perfect example of a commercial creative business that serves important social and educational purposes.” Market analysts expect education technologies to reach $38 billion in annual revenues by 2017.

 

Kimberly Peña, CEO of BrightCores, says: “We would like to thank the NCN for selecting us as the 2015 national winner. We are honored to represent the United States, Albuquerque and New Mexico in the international competition in November!” BrightCores was assisted in its entrepreneurial journey by Creative Startups in Albuquerque, NM which – as a member of the Creative Economy Coalition (a standing working group of the NCN) – nominated them for this national competition. Corey Walker, Chief Creative Officer of BrightCores and participant in the 2014 Creative Startups Accelerator remarked that “the overall thoroughness of the program surpassed my expectations and the continued mentorship by Creative Startups has been phenomenal.”

 

Many startups in the education technology space are superb on the tech dimension but often lacking in fundamentally sound educational concepts and practices. “What makes BrightCores different is their passion for excellence, “Alice Loy, co-founder of Creative Startups, notes. “The company’s apps transform a student’s learning experience with high-quality content that entertains and achieves measurable gains in language and communication skills. This is innovation at its best.”

 

The National Creativity Network (www.nationalcreativitynetwork.org) is a US-registered nonprofit that seeks to advance the skillful application of imagination, creativity, and innovation to positively impact commerce, culture, education, and government across North America. The NCN works with regional coalitions, tribal nations, and national organizations across Canada, Mexico, and the United States and with global partners with similar goals. Its activities include the work of the Creative Economy Coalition, the annual USA Creative Business Cup, weekly news blasts, webinars, and the Sir Ken Robinson Award for Leadership in Creativity and Innovation.

 

The Creative Economy Coalition is a standing working group of the National Creativity Network. Its 40+ members are from organizations and institutions that work to advance creative industries and the creative economy in regions, states, provinces, and nationally across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The CEC has an active Facebook page and will hold its 2nd Annual Creative Economy Coalition Summit at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC, October 4-6, 2015.

 

Creative Startups (www.creativestartups.org) based in Albuquerque, NM is a startup accelerator designed for “creatives” using new technologies to meet new market opportunities. An annual competitive application process selects 8-12 teams of founding team members for a six-week course coupled with extensive mentoring. This young program has already seen several of its graduates obtain significant venture financing.

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Dennis Cheek, Ph.D.

Executive Director, National Creativity Network

Co-Chair, Global Creativity United

12865 Oxford Crossing Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224-1669, USA

www.nationalcreativitynetwork.org

+01-904-859-6088, Dennis@nationalcreativitynetwork.com