A startup company formed out of theb|launched competition, a program of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce’sBoise Young Professionals (BYP), has taken its first round of startup fundingto pilot their program in Boise, ID.
In December2012, four teams of young professionals competed for startup funding. Taking first place, Be Free Village received$29,000. Faisal Shah, one of the mentorsthat helped start the b|launched program explains, “This program is givingyoung professionals the critical tools they need to start companies and helpour community create jobs.”
Today, the winningcompany launched its website, www.befreevillage.com, and social media sites. Spokesperson Lisa Bloomquist explained, “Weare building a virtual community for travelers with food allergy needs,starting with Gluten-Free consumers.”Bloomquist continued, “We encourage the local community to engage in oursocial media, provide feedback on our product offerings, and connect with us aswe grow the company.”
Be FreeVillage will be introducing a balanced box of healthy Gluten-Free products inthe near future. In June, the BoiseChamber will hold an official unveiling for the two teams that received fundingas part of the b|launched program.
“Be Free Village was created as part of acollaborative partnership. Our team sawa need and envisioned a company to help fill those gaps.” explains BrookeGreen, CEO of Be Free Village. “We arepiloting our program in Boise because this is a community our team believesin.”
About Be Free Village
Aimingto become the trusted name for travelers with dietary needs, Be Free Village isa brand of resources, products and convenience.Be Free Village is based in Boise, ID, and got its start as the winningteam of the Boise Metro Chamber’s b|launched program in 2012. For more information and to read the fullstory, visit www.befreevillage.com.