Boise Startup Week brings entrepreneurs together

Posted at 6:34 PM, Oct 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-09 20:44:03-04

BOISE — Boise continues to be one of the fastest-growing cities in the country.

With new residents come more and more small businesses.

Boise Startup Week is bringing entrepreneurs together to share stories of success, mentor one another, and identify future challenges. The event aims to engage the local business community with speakers and panelists from more than 40 organizations.

One of the events, called Trailmix, showcases new food products by enabling them to take part in a pitch competition. Last year's award winner says their cheese business is thriving.

"My dad is from Cyprus, and our family there has a farm, and they make it there. Every time we would visit, we would bring it back for our friends and our relatives here. It got to the point where we would bring a suitcase back of cheese," said Constantine Mavromichalis of Yaya's Cheese. "They're like, you should start importing it or bringing it here as, you know, as a business."

The event isn't just for existing businesses; it's also for the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs.

"It's great to start at the youngest age you can to possibly think about things about your future. It's awesome to think about," said JD Rice, a student at One Stone.

"We're thinking bigger than just you and what you're doing now and how to pass this test," said Kylie Casper, another One Stone student. "We're thinking about how do you connect with others? How do you put yourself out there to reach a different audience? How do you find people who will help you and be a mentor, how you build your brand?"

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