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If you’re in Boise and have a great idea for a technology or other start-up company, what do you do? In previous stories, we mentioned a couple of groups that can help like Tech Boise and the Idaho Technology Council. In today’s installment of Tech Ki, Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki talks with Kickstand, an organization that supports entrepreneurs and innovators in any industry.

Look up while walking the streets of downtown Boise at night and you’ll see them everywhere – streetlights. But the basic design of the ubiquitous electric street light and those that illuminate parking lots and other areas haven’t changed much in oh more than 100 years or so. One Boise company hopes to radically change that. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports on Inovus Solar.

Some tech entrepreneurs will tell you they had a vision of how to make the world a better place. Others will build a product to fulfill a need or to improve on what’s out there. MetaGeek is a Boise tech company that really wanted to make things simpler. As Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports, it found a niche and keeps on growing.

Business incubators are known to nurture start-up companies so they become successful on their own. In Boise, the WaterCooler is one such incubator. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki takes a tour of the WaterCooler to see how it’s doing more than two years after it was established.

Like tech companies we profiled in the past, Toumetis is another that has several key executives that used to work at HP and Extended Systems. It’s much smaller than Cradlepoint or Balihoo, but you expect that from a start-up that’s been in operation for less than two years. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki has this report.

A number of technology companies are headquartered in Boise, yet very little is known about them. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports on Cradlepoint, a company whose products help people and companies stay connected wirelessly.

Balihoo is one of those Boise Tech companies that has managed to get recognized a bit. They’ve been mentioned in the New York Times and the Economist to name a few national publications. But those articles glossed over what Balihoo actually does. As Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports it has something to do with advertising.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Idahoans ages 15 to 34 and for boys age 10 to 14. And it’s a problem that few people feel comfortable talking about. But one woman is talking, telling her painful story in the hopes she can reach others, and prevent tragedies like hers from happening. In Part Two of our series “Suicide in Idaho: Small State Big Numbers,” Boise State Public Radio’s Samantha Wright has her story.

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