Boise State University – Venture College – Propelling Students to Launch a Venture – Reverse Pitch Competitions

Boise  State University

Are you interested in entrepreneurship but don’t yet have a venture idea? Venture College can help!
We are excited to share we will be hosting two reverse pitch competitions during the Fall 2021 semester, Hacking for Homebuilding (in partnership with Boise State University‘s College of Engineering) and Cybersecurity Entrepreneur Challenge (in partnership with BSU’s Institute for Pervasive Cybersecurity).

Reverse pitch competitions present current challenges faced within a community and/or industry for participants to solve and form into ventures. Teams pitch their solutions for cash prizes, and this year’s finalists from each competition will pitch during Boise Entrepreneur Week!

Reverse Pitch Competition Highlights:

  • Interdisciplinary Teams
    We need students from all colleges to join in order for teams to have the best potential for success. Venture College staff will help applicants form teams.
  • Industry Partners 
    Work closely with industry partners, developing a strong network that will last beyond these competitions.
  • Mentor Network
    Work with the Venture College and a community of mentors to refine your solutions into ventures through research, customer discovery, and idea validation.
Hacking for Homebuilding
September 27 – October 8
An opportunity for higher education students across Idaho to form interdisciplinary teams as they work with Treasure Valley companies to solve some of the country’s most pressing challenges in the home building industry. Students will turn their solutions into ventures and pitch for cash prizes.
Apply Here
Cybersecurity Entrepreneur Challenge
October 11 – 18
Higher education students across Idaho will form interdisciplinary teams to solve cybersecurity challenges faced across the globe… while building a venture! Students will work with companies in the Treasure Valley and pitch for cash prizes.
Apply Here

Mark Your Calendars

Venture College Programming

Fall 2021 Venture College Incubator
September 16 – November 4
An 8-week not-for-credit program designed to help students launch their business idea and gain customer traction. Learn more.
M43 Entrepreneur Course 
August 31 – October 7
A program dedicated to Mission43 veterans and military spouses to help those with actionable concepts, experience, and drive run their own businesses. Serves as a great place to start and grow alongside other Idaho veterans and military spouses. Learn more.
Boise Entrepreneur Week
October 18 – 21
Boise Entrepreneur Week is Idaho’s largest community-driven, entrepreneur-focused event. Each year, thousands of people come together to learn, support, and celebrate Idaho’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. Finalists from the Hacking for Homebuilding and Cybersecurity Entrepreneur Challenge will compete for cash prizes during BSW!
Follow us on social and watch for more information in our newsletters for the latest updates on Venture College programs.

Mission43 Entrepreneur Course

Alumni Testimonial

“Venture College gave me all of the educational pieces, frameworks, and models to build upon, as each class was specifically designed as a building block leading up to the capstone or ‘Pitch Night.’  Throughout the course, I gained confidence with my vision and gained/expanded my connections and networking group to support this venture . . . Venture College didn’t just give me the educational information and contacts, it gave me more than that…courage, confidence, and hope that my business venture can be real.”

JJ Dela Rosa, The Macadoo’s Lumpia Shack

Venture College Community

Events + Resources

Boise Pitch Night
June 17 at 9 am MST
Boise Pitch Night, hosted by Trailhead Boise, is a series of remotely delivered pitch events, where startup founders present to an audience of investors and startup geeks. Trailhead will showcase 3 startup pitches followed by a Q&A session from investors in the audience.This pitch series was curated specifically to fuel deal flow for business founders & investors! This month, we will hear from: eLegacy, Clarity Telehealth, and Pitch Aeronautics! Register here.
Authentic Communication: Building Trust in an Untrustworthy World
June 22 at 12 pm MST
Strong communication skills can help you stand out from your competition and set you up for professional success. Knowing how to communicate effectively is essential whether you’re speaking publicly to a large audience, being interviewed by the media, or leading a team meeting. Doing so in an authentic manner is more and more what audiences are demanding. During this hour-long workshop presented by Zions Bank, you’ll learn how to communicate with clarity in an efficient and impactful manner while staying true to yourself. Register here.
Lunch & Learn: The Two Wheeled Wanderer 
June 23 at 11 am MST
Join Trailhead as they welcome back Ted Kunz. Ted took off over two years ago on an adventure of a lifetime and will be sharing his experience and entrepreneurial journey for Trailhead’s first in-person Lunch & Learn in over a year! Register here.
Raising Money for Your Business
June 24 at 1 pm MST
Presented by the IWBC, this 3-part series, “Raising Money For Your Business,” is not only super important information for your business financially, but leans heavily into the business development components so that you can have the appropriate steps within the building of your business to ensure your best outcome when it comes to funding your vision.Part 1 May 27th: Overview of Securities Law & Pros/Cons of Taking On InvestorsPart 2 June 24th: Investment Options for Small to Large Fundraises. (Register here.)

Part 3 July 29th: What To Do When You Decide To Pursue Investors (Register here.)

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