DALLAS, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Bill Gates started Microsoft in a garage. Dell and Google started out of dorm rooms. So where does the next great idea come from? The Old State House of Design and Development plans to find out. The Old State, LLC launched a one-of-a-kind contest today to encourage youth 18 and younger to submit new Web-based ideas and the winning idea will be executed in partnership with The Old State, LLC. The company believes it's time to quit complaining about the economy, directionless youth, and lost jobs in favor of action-based strategies to help improve all of the above, one idea at a time. The cup will always start at least half-full within The Old State's corporate culture, and those who work at The Old State are expected to fill the remaining half through new ways of doing things. Because they believe that quality will always sell, the firm is putting its money where its mouth is through this annual contest which celebrates new ideas. Applicants must submit their best Web-based idea in 500 words or less by April 1, 2010 to the entry form section of http://www.TheOldState.com. The winner will be announced one month later on May 3, 2010. The winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize, with an additional $2,500 going to their school in their honor ... for whatever beneficial purpose the winner wishes for their school. The firm will implement the winning idea and the winner will be a partner in the subsequent online enterprise, which The Old State will launch through the creation of a new Web site.
"We have heard over and over that our youth are directionless, play too many video games and don't have purpose. But we believe they are fertile ground for the next brilliant idea on the Web, and we hope to encourage them to focus their time and energy on the business of launching their own ideas. Remember, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Google started in garages and dorm rooms," says The Old State founder Travis McElroy. Each submission must be 500 words or less and well thought out from start to finish. The submission form and contest requirements may be found at http://www.TheOldState.com. "Through this process, we hope to help these kids learn step-by-step what it really takes to launch a new idea, make it happen, and create a future for themselves and others," adds co-founder Curtis Hale. "In a sense, we believe each young person who enters this contest is a winner of sorts, because the very process of organizing their thoughts and ideas into 500 concise words is the first step to zeroing in on a workable and profitable idea for them," continues McElroy.
The Old State builds cohesive websites, beautiful branding and print collateral, powerful applications, and their own web-based products to make their clients' businesses as visible and profitable as possible. "These guys have impressed me beyond belief," says PaperCity publisher and founder Jim Kastleman of Houston and Dallas. And that's precisely the state of mind in which The Old State plans to keep each client.
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