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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 Creative Business Cup 2014

May 13, 2015 in Blog Post | Comments (0)

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2014 USA Creative Business Cup Press Release

For Immediate Release, July 28, 2014

Winner of 2014 USA CREATIVE BUSINESS CUP

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

 

Pictured: Dennis Smith, founder of 2ndLife Tech

The National Creativity Network (NCN) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 USA Creative Business Cup. The Creative Business Cup (www.creativebusinesscup.com) is an annual competition that culminates with the world finals in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 17-19, 2014 as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). Over fifty nations are expected to take part in this year’s finals before a distinguished panel of 20 global judges, dignitaries, and potential investors. Over $50,000 in prizes will be awarded along with extensive free mentoring and other services leading up to and going beyond the competition and the potential of private deals between investors and the competing creative businesses. The competition focuses exclusively on recent business start-ups that draw upon the talents of the creative industries, e.g., design, architecture, advertising, publishing, music, film & video, arts & crafts, IT, radio & TV, gastronomy, and leisure activities.

 

2ndLifeTech of Winston-Salem, NC (www.2ndlifetech.com) is the 2014 winner of the USA Creative Business Cup. 2ndLifeTech is a design solutions company that focuses on inaperçu waste – waste that is right under our very noses but frequently not perceived. Its first product, BatteryVampire (www.batteryvampire.com), is a patent-pending small unit that takes the place of a second AA battery in a device and uses the one remaining battery to power it. This groundbreaking approach uses up all of the energy in the battery and hopefully over time significantly reduces the 10 billion batteries a year placed in landfills. Dennis Cheek, Executive Director of the National Creativity Network, hails 2nd LifeTech as a potential energy-saving breakthrough that battery by battery helps the environment by both greatly reducing energy wastage and diminishing landfill toxins that threaten groundwater. He notes that “it speaks to the power of teams of designers to reimagine even longstanding existing technologies and use creative ideas to launch the very kind of new creative businesses that are the core focus of this exciting annual international competition.”

 

David Smith, founder of 2ndLifeTech, said, “I am excited and honored that our company will be going to Copenhagen to represent the USA, North Carolina, and particularly the blossoming, creative, entrepreneurial economy within the Piedmont Triad region of our state.” 2ndLifeTech has derived a great deal of assistance in its entrepreneurial journey from The Center for Creative Economy in Winston-Salem, NC who nominated them for this national award as a member of the Creative Economy Coalition, a working group of the NCN. “We are thrilled that this highly creative business will now compete for the prestigious global Creative Business Cup in Denmark,” said Executive Director Margaret Collins, “This award showcases David’s company and the opportunities available for creatives in Winston-Salem and North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad.”

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The National Creativity Network (www.nationalcreativitynetwork.org) is a US-registered international nonprofit that seeks to advance the skillful application of imagination, creativity, and innovation to positively improve 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 global partners with similar goals.