Nine student-led teams — including one sudent from Greybull — are vying for seed prize money to get their business plans off the ground in the John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship …
Nine student-led teams — including one sudent from Greybull — are vying for seed prize money to get their business plans off the ground in the John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition sponsored by the University of Wyoming’s College of Business.
The competition encourages students to act on their talents, ideas and energy to produce tomorrow’s leading businesses. It will be held Friday and Saturday as a public webinar.
Jared Henderson, a UW junior majoring in business economics from Greybull, will present his plans for WireDraw LLC. It’s an information management company, designing systems to store, organize and distribute project data to the team. Systems are tailor-made for each client.
“The dedication and work ethic shown by our nine finalist teams have been outstanding,” says Patrick Kreiser, the UW College of Business Rile Chair of Entrepreneurship and Leadership. “More than anything, the purpose of experiential learning is to convince students to dream big and then provide them with the support to turn those dreams into reality. We are confident that all nine teams offer compelling value propositions and sustainable business models to help support the Wyoming economy.”
The John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition awards cash prizes to outstanding student-led entrepreneur teams showing significant business potential. Teams enter the competition from various disciplines across the UW campus or Wyoming community colleges. The final nine student teams created startups with innovative business models, each enrolled in a class called “ENTR 4700: Business Model Creation and Launch,” and each team was paired with a mentor.
The other businesses named as finalists in the John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition are:
• AI Understand U, an accessible and nonjudgmental mental health and wellness chatbot;
• Armour Glove, which protects the hands of automative technicians;
• A web application called B3 to optimize inventory management for online retail companies;
• Bedrock Outdoors, a community-centered hub of outdoor activities that will offer rentals, retail and educational sessions;
• Cooking With Community, a mobile commercial teaching kitchen designed to offer year-round culinary instruction in Jackson and training on regional farms and the Wind River Indian Reservation;
• FabSampler, a sampling platform and testing process to continuously monitor for airborne viruses in indoor spaces;
• LifeGlass, stabilizing inherently unstable pharmaceuticals in a thermotolerant, glass-like state; and
• Orman’s Sweets, producing handmade candy for the perfect treat or gift.