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Spend Summer at the Innovation Loft

Posted on 1.14.2014

Do you have a creative business idea that you would like to see come to life? If the answer is yes, consider checking out Constant Contact’s newest program – the Small Business Innovation Loft.

The SMB marketing company launched the Small Business Innovation program to support entrepreneurs who are solving problems for small businesses through the development of new products, features and services. Startups selected for the program will be located at a new “SMB InnoLoft” space at Constant Contact’s Massachusetts headquarters, and will also receive resources and mentorship to build their ideas. Those who think they’ve got what it takes to be part of the program can send in submissions until March 31st for a chance to participate in the first class of startups slated to begin this summer.

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“We’ve created a culture where the number one goal is helping small businesses succeed,” said Andy Miller, chief innovation architect at Constant Contact. “While many entrepreneurs share our passion, bringing a new idea to market is not easy. So, wow, what a powerful opportunity to bring together entrepreneurial innovation and ideas with the technology and small business marketing expertise of Constant Contact. The Small Business Innovation program will serve entrepreneurs in a unique way – through a combination of mentoring, insider access, and real dollars, all backed by the power of the leading small business marketing partner.”

The Small Business Innovation program is focused on helping entrepreneurs scale their business. The program offers participants mentoring from marketing and technology experts, as well as members of the Angel and venture capital communities over the course of the four-month program. Plus, participants receive access to a group of small businesses that have opted in to trying new services, $10,000 to spend on marketing and support from Constant Contact’s AppConect integration team.

 “We couldn’t be more excited to get to work with our first class of entrepreneurs,” said Miller. “Innovation to ignite our small business customers’ success is at the heart of everything we do at Constant Contact and was the driving force behind our decision to launch the SMB InnoLoft. The space will provide our internal team of innovators and developers a place to collaborate, test ideas and create new value for our customers. Working side-by-side, we’re confident that our internal team and the Small Business Innovation program participants will learn from each other and collaborate to drive innovation that benefits small businesses everywhere.”

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