The Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge is back in-person at JUMP

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The Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge, an annual competition for Idaho college students, is taking place today. 

Students from across the state will compete against each other in different categories for prizes.

After an application process, the competition has been narrowed down to 24 finalists who have the chance to pitch their product up to three times to three different panels of judges. The judges are entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders from Boise, and there are also a couple of judges from out-of-state.

The categories for the competition are Lifestyle and Service, Software and Technology, Social and Environmental Impact, and Manufactured Goods. Judges then select a winner in each category and award $7,000 to go toward startup costs for their business.

 Then, an overall winner between the four categories earns an additional $1,000 plus they will automatically qualify for Boise Entrepreneur Week, where they will compete for $25,000 in seed funding. 

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Last year the winner of the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge, Adam Stock of Brigham Young University-Idaho, also went on to win the Boise Entrepreneur Week pitch competition. Stock founded Cargo Made EZ which uses high torque motors and Kevlar straps to create tie-down straps for flatbeds and other trucks 

Some finalists for this year’s competition include The Bee Team a company with the goal of improving the beekeeping trade, Cops & K-9s which helps better police canine training, and Maggie, which connects women in low-paying jobs to higher-paying positions in tech sales. 

After two years of live streaming the competition, the students will be back in person at Jack’s Urban Meeting Place.

“We’re psyched to bring everyone to Boise to have that in-person connection,” Miller said. “We’ll do the whole event at jump this year. So the students will go have a chance to pitch with a great backdrop. And then at one o’clock when they’re done pitching, they get to go down the slide as well.”

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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