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There are many ways to travel to SXSW. Some of the smartest travel by plane, but some of the most innovative and techiest travel by bus– the StartupBus, that is!

About 25 lucky entrepreneurs will board a bus and become “buspreneurs” for around 72 hours as they speed down the road (ok 60-65 mph isn’t really speeding) building startups! For those of you who have attended Startup Weekend, it’s like that but you’re on a bus. Pretty awesome idea…You aren’t wasting time by traveling – you are being innovative and who knows maybe building the “next big thing”.

So why does SproutBox care, besides the obvious reasons…two years ago we were lucky enough to have The StartupBus Chicago make a pit stop at  The Box. We greeted them with pizza and beer and they pitched us their ideas. Our team was able to deliver some valuable feedback before sending them on their way to Austin. We must have done something right, because this year the bus will be pulling up to the Box again!

The StartupBus will be arriving at The Box this Sunday, March 3, between 3pm and 4pm. Anyone is welcome to join us in welcoming them to Bloomington and SproutBox.

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Posted by Kacey on February 28, 2013 SproutBox No Comments

Our Sprout Showcase Series is focusing on one of our “Home Sprouts” this week. CheddarGetter is the brain child of SproutBox Co-founder, Marc Guyer. They are the answer to your recurring billing needs! Check out the update on CheddarGetter.

What they are about: Recurring billing system that grows with your company and makes managing your customers easy and painless. This system is a subscription-based management system which makes it easy to accept and track one-time charges and recurring payments.

Interview with Adam Quirk, CMO:

Why did you start this company?
“CheddarGetter was built by SproutBox to handle recurring billing needs of its future Sprouts. After releasing it into the wild in 2010, we realized it was a viable product in its own right and spun it off into its own company.”

What is your company’s biggest accomplishment?
We have built a profitable company organically by focusing on product first.”

Do you have any advice for future entrepreneurs?
” Build something that serves a very focused niche. Move away from home, at least for a few years. Try something new. Carry a notebook.”

Where are you now (location, position of the company)?
“Bloomington. We’re profitable and growing organically. “

Where do you hope to be in the near future?
“We’d like to become the de facto primary billing option for startup software companies.”

What are some fun facts about the company/employees?
“Marc enjoys eating tacos: http://vimeo.com/24789021
Adam enjoys making video remixes: http://wreckandsalvage.com/departments/quirk/

Make sure to keep updated on CheddarGetter by reading their blog, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook!

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Posted by Sarah on January 23, 2013 SproutBox No Comments

We are pleased to be hosting Verge Bloomington’s December event this Thursday right here at The Box. If you have attended a Verge Bloomington (or even if you haven’t and have no idea what you’re in for), you won’t want to miss this one.

What better way to end finals week and ring in the holiday season than to sit back and relax while hearing about two great local startups and mingling with the best of the Bloomington tech scene? The first startup to pitch at this event is Tourist App. Tourist App won the most recent Startup Weekend Bloomington. They plan to bring the best tours across the globe straight to your phone. The other talented startup pitching is Net Irrigate. They will be pitching their agricultural monitoring products and systems that are used all over the country. They are currently focused on taking their software and monitoring systems mobile. We hear they are looking to hire some developers as well!

Our very own, Brad Wisler, will be lighting up the fireside chat with Verge’s emcee, Jeff Wuslich, to give advice for all of the startups and entrepreneurs in the crowd. He’ll be sharing what you need to do in preparation for raising funding or for applying to accelerator programs. Brad will also give the inside scoop on our most recent partnership with Cornerstone Information Systems in the creation of RunUp Labs.

If you or someone you know has an idea or product that will change the way we travel, please make sure you have them join us for Verge. We’re excited to show off our space to anyone who may not have had the chance to check it out.

Hope to see you there! In case you can’t make it, follow the twitter feed with the #vergebtown and ask questions! Don’t forget to follow the startups who will be pitching: Tourist App and Net Irrigate.

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Posted by Kacey on December 11, 2012 SproutBox No Comments