Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

Utah’s Best College Entrepreneurs Compete for $40,000

Utah’s best college entrepreneurs have been narrowed to the top-20 teams that advance to the final event of 2015 Utah Entrepreneur Challenge later this month. The annual, state-wide, business-plan competition is hosted by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah and sponsored by Zions Bank.

Interactive Public Event

The public is invited to meet the top-20 teams at a public showcase and award ceremony on Saturday, March 28 at 4-6 p.m. in the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building (1655 E. Campus Center Dr.). The event is an opportunity to enjoy free food, network with Utah entrepreneur community, get to know the teams, vote for the people’s choice award and see who wins the more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.

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Video Voting

You have a say in who wins the cash! Video voting for the top 20 teams opens on March 16th. To cast your vote go to the following link: http://www.ues.utah.edu/ues-competitions/uec/

More Details

The Utah Entrepreneur Challenge is part of a student-run series of competitions called the Utah Entrepreneur Series. They began with Innovation Tournaments in the fall followed by Opportunity Quest competitions at universities across the state. The Utah Entrepreneur Challenge is the final event in the series.The Utah Entrepreneur Challenge (UEC) is the largest student entrepreneur competition in the state. The competition focuses on developing an idea into a marketable business. The UEC  awards over $100,000 of cash and in-kind prizes. All university and college students throughout Utah are encouraged to compete.

The UEC showcases the top 20 best student entrepreneurs in the state to the public on March 28, 2015 from 4-6pm.  These finalists were chosen from hundreds of student teams and represent some of the best student entrepreneurs in Utah.  We are pleased to announce the 2015 Top 20 Finalists for the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge.

 Top 20 Finalists

  • Accidental Gentlemen (Dixie State University) – Provides opportunity for self-expression through customizable ties and neckwear.
  • Align Skate Decks (Utah State University) – Aluminum skateboard decks that have longer life span and unique look.
  • Blyncsy (University of Utah) – Device that tracks electronic signals to track traffic and movement of cities on a macro scale, helping you get where you need to go faster.
  • Brighter House Electric, LLC (Weber State University) – Economical and energy-friendly light-bulb-replacement service for your home.
  • Candor (Snow College) – Mobile app dedicated to connecting college students stuck in their apartment contracts with those who want to buy them.
  • Haedrian (Brigham Young University) – Mobile app that connects investors with investees in developing countries to help microfinance companies make informed investments.
  • Hungry Media, LLC (Westminster College) – Student owned digital-content production company providing video production, photography and graphic design.
  • KiLife Tech (Brigham Young University) –Wearable child-safety device that helps track children in public or crowded places.
  • Light Line (University of Utah) – Catheter that uses high-intensity laser to kill infection-causing microorganisms and prevent infections caused by catheter use.
  • Luerlite (University of Utah) – Medical device using UV-C technology to help eliminate bloodstream infections.
  • Paper Trail (Brigham Young University) – Website and mobile app used to track financial and accounting records without the mess of physical receipts and records.
  • Pura (Utah Valley University) – Smart-home company that marries home air fresheners with a mobile app.
  • Rental On Me (Utah State University) – Peer-to-peer online marketplace that allows users to make money by sharing items in their community.
  • S3 Innovative Glaucoma Solution (University of Utah) – Implantable medical device used to prevent vision loss in glaucoma.
  • SimpleCitizen (Brigham Young University) – Online do-it-yourself solution for people who need to file for a green card or other basic immigration forms.
  • Swap Top (Southern Utah University) – Patented customizable shoe design to fit unique style of users on a day-to-day basis.
  • The Menu (Salt Lake Community College) – Mobile application service that lets users search for specific menu items rather than restaurants.
  • The Scott Composites NC Brick Tie (University of Utah) – Brick-tie device that makes brick a more economical and energy-efficient way of building.
  • Urban Yield (Westminster College) – Utah’s first vertical hydroponic farm, growing organic and GMO free leafy greens.
  • Vykon Technologies LLC (Brigham Young University) – Focused on developing low-cost diagnostic solutions for movement disorders.

Information for Competitors

The UEC competition begins during the month of February. Student teams form and develop an executive summary to be judged for the first round. Then 20 semi-finalist teams will move on to the second round of judging, submitting a video summarizing their business.

After the 20 finalists have been chosen, each team will be invited to the final UEC event.  This event will include mentoring for all 20 teams, 2 rounds of judging, tabling event, final presentations and award presentations. The judges determine the winners and the grand prize of $40,000 along with several other prizes that same day.  This is a new format that the UES is implementing; hoping to provide more value to the student teams in one all day event. The UES will help provide lodging and travel resources for all the top 20 teams during the final event.

The UEC provides resources to aid students in the creation and implementation of their business plans; the annual Student Entrepreneurs Conference, educational forums and mentorship. Students gain valuable skills and work experience to help them transition to the competitive world of entrepreneurship. Dozens of business plans from the competition have been realized as successful businesses.



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Lead Sponsors

Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute
Zions Bank