Idaho Technology Council, partners launch business survey

July 23, 2013 

Aiming to assess the needs of Treasure Valley technology companies, the Idaho Technology Council and 11 business and economic development organizations have launched a survey that can be taken online until Wednesday, July 31.

The survey, launched this week, is available at www.idahotechcouncil.org/techsurvey.

“It’s critical to understand how to best foster the growth and development of Idaho’s tech sector, which is one of the state’s fastest growing industries,” Jay Larsen, founder and president of the Idaho Technology Council, said in a news release. “Results from this survey will help the ITC and our partners understand how to support tech entrepreneurs and build a world-class knowledge economy in the Boise Valley and throughout Idaho.”

Organizations supporting the project are the Boise Angel Alliance, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, Boise State University, Boise Valley Economic Partnership, Idaho Department of Commerce, Idaho Department of Labor, Idaho Small Business Development Center, Idaho TechConnect, Kickstand, Startup Boise and the TECenter. Information gathered by the survey is expected to help those organizations better understand how to support tech-based entrepreneurial growth in the region.

Compiled survey results will be made public, and that information is expected to help current and prospective Idaho entrepreneurs avoid pitfalls and have greater success in developing their companies, according to the news release. Additionally, with the explicit consent from companies who give information on their funding sources, the ITC will create an Idaho deal-flow report to highlight sources of capital. This is expected to help Idaho entrepreneurs learn about funding sources and attract more investors to Idaho.

The council estimates that the Valley has more than 2,600 tech companies, but there is no central database with a full listing, so participants are asked to share the survey with local colleagues. For more information, contact ITC Lead Business Development Researcher Michael Cousins at mcousins@idahotechcouncil.org or (208) 422-9100 ext. 148.

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