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Idaho Students Invited to Apply For Entrepreneur Competition

By: Brady W Moore   Published 11:06 am / December 5, 2017

Student innovators and entrepreneurs at Idaho’s 22 colleges and universities are invited to apply for the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge, a statewide venture competition that will offer $100,000 in total seed fund prizes.

The Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge was launched in 2014 with a goal of stimulating entrepreneurship in the Gem State. The program is directed by Boise State University’s College of Innovation and Design and sponsored by Zions Bank.

Competition categories include agriculture/agriculture technology, health/healthy living, technology/consumer product or service and social/cultural/environmental impact. Teams will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Plan: Viability of the approach and strategy
  • Team: Composition of team toward skills, experience, and ability to identify and fulfill team gaps
  • Impact: Innovative and sustainable solutions for major problem, with measurable impact

Registration is open now and the deadline to apply is Jan. 12. Additional information is available at

“I am excited that the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge brings together student innovators from across Idaho with the expertise and valuable resources to accelerate growth for promising new ventures,” said Gordon Jones, dean of the College of Innovation and Design. “Students today have the skills and insights to make an impact in solving problems of importance to Idaho and the world, and it wouldn’t be possible without the collaboration of universities statewide and Zions Bank.”

“I know that all of our contestants will be better prepared to launch new businesses because of this event, and that the financial support awarded will help turn a few of these business concepts and prototypes into amazing startups,” said Karen Appelgren, director of the Zions Bank Business Resource Center. “Entrepreneurs and small businesses create jobs, strengthen our communities and make enormous contributions to the local economy. This is one more way Zions Bank is helping to grow Idaho’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.”