“A great story lies behind every innovation. Enter to have yours featured in a new film series,” tweets Innovation Raleigh.

Are you game?

If you or the business you work for believe that innovation is the heart of what you do, Innovate Raleigh has an opportunity to share the story and at the same time further raise the Triangle’s profile as a hub for the new, the different – well, innovation.

Plus, Innovate Raleigh is adding more events in 2016 as it steps up promotional and educational events. Its annual “Innovate” summits are a big draw for decision makers. Now comes video storytelling.

Innovate Raleigh defines itself as a “community-driven, non-profit organization on a mission to be a connector, convener, and communicator of the innovation and entrepreneurship efforts in Raleigh. Our vision is to make Raleigh a top 5 center for innovation in the country.”

Led by Executive Director Jenny Hwa, the organization’s board, advisors and sponsors include some of the best and brightest people, organizations and businesses in the Triangle.

And the film contest is the highlight of efforts launching 2016’s programs.

Entrants must create a 2-minute video and submit it by Jan. 31. There will be five winners.

Why a video contest?

“We believe the most important innovations are collaborative and we can’t raise our region’s status without connecting and building on what we have,” says Ashley Melzer, the group’s new marketing and operations manager.

“We design our events around this idea. We have Meet-Ups to encourage networking, Summits to inspire cross-talk between sectors, and our yearly Innovatours [highlighting a “map” of innovative firms] to encourage people to get face-to-face with the makers and doers.

“The video contest is just another extension of that thinking. We’ll spotlight of five business we want people to know about and hope the raise in visibility spurs many more conversations and opportunities for them.”

Innovate Raleigh is working with Centerline Digital, a participating sponsor of the group, to put on the contest. Winners will be highlighted in the group’s promotional efforts, Melzer explains.

“They’ll be featured in a 5-minute spotlight feature produced by the production team at Centerline Digital,” Melzer says.

“Plus, they’ll be a core component of what we see as a year-round campaign to highlight the Triangle’s burgeoning scene.

“We also foresee the resulting video as a marketing asset for businesses to use as they see fit. We imagine there may be a few businesses out there who are focusing all their funding on product design or implementation and would appreciate having a professional video to rep their company.”

Innovate Raleigh will be rolling out more efforts soon,. she adds.

“There’s a lot ahead!

“The two big, new things are the Women in Business Meet-Up coming this February and InnovateEDU in April. We’re still sketching out details for those.”

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