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Innovation Story Of The Week

A 13-year-old girl from Spokane, WA just invented an Internet-enabled dog treat dispenser, canine chat service.

Brooke Martin, who invented iCPooch, pitched the concept at a Startup Weekend event in Spokane last year, getting a standing ovation. The newly formed company has already added a full time CEO, tech industry vet James Pelland, filed for patents and raised a bit of cash from venture capitalists and others. It also recently launched a Kickstarter campaign, looking to raise $70,000. (The campaign, which started last month, has topped $6,000)

Check out this unique product below. Congrats Brooke!


Community Leader of the Week

Shauna Harper is CEO and Founder of Live Work PG and is the Lead Organizer for Startup Weekend events in Prince George, B.C.

Shauna does it all!

  • She’s involved with a National program called “Startup Connect” that aims to create visibility and relationships between local entrepreneurs and innovators.
  • She recently became an online editor for Pivot – an online tech and innovation news source.
  • She promoted the opening of Maker Lab 2RG in her region.



Here is everything you missed this week in the UP Community: 

Here it is: The first batch of Startup Weekends listed for this year’s Global Startup Battle! If you don’t see your city here, don’t fear, applications are still open to Organize or you can help us find a great Organizer to bring GSB to your city!

Founder and CEO of Moz, Rand Fishkin, dropped by our office recently to discuss growth and re-branding. Watch his telling and transparent interview HERE.

Win a CES Exhibit Space In Eureka Park! UP Global would like to invite your startup to apply for a FREE coveted exhibit space (valued at $2,300) at The International Consumer Electronics Show this year. There are 5 spots available and by filling out THIS application, one spot could be yours! MORE INFO. 

Todd Goldberg wrote a fantastic article detailing why he quit his job to go full time on his Startup Weekend Venture. Great read! 

Last week, Lauren Sauser, wrote an article about Detroit-based startup Rapt.fm. This week, the company that encourages you to freestyle with rappers from around the world and challenge people to on-on=one rap battles, launches in Public Beta. Congrats Rapt.fm!