Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge – April 7, 2022 – Boise, Idaho

Idaho Venture Challenge
Join Venture College on April 7, 2022 for the 8th annual Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge (IEC). IEC is a statewide university competition that develops and rewards student entrepreneurs with promising ventures and small businesses. College and university students from across Idaho will compete for $50,000 in cash prizes, and accounting and legal services to advance their ventures.

Join us for First Thursday at JUMP (1000 W Myrtle St, Boise, ID 83702) on April 7, 2022 at 4:30 pm to meet the 24 finalists and watch the 4 track winners compete for additional cash prizes and a spot in the 2022 Boise Entrepreneur Week (BEW) Pitch Competition.

IEC is open to the public, no registration required.

Meet the 24 Finalists

Manufactured Goods Track

The Bee Team
Boise State University
The Bee Team is a company driven to not only improve the trade of beekeeping but also to educate and advocate towards the keeping of bees. We are focused on providing tools that benefit the beekeeper but also ensure the safety of the hive. Our product, The Keeper, allows for continuous use throughout the inspection of multiple hives and permits control of the temperature and amount of smoke produced.

Cops and K-9s
Idaho State University
Cops & K-9s helps improve police K-9 training for departments of all sizes and budgets. Our goal is to work with K-9 handlers to specifically address and correct problems they are having with their current training.

University of Idaho
Elite provides a solution for boaters everywhere who use inflatable rafts, kayaks, or other equipment by providing them a portable waterproof blower pump. It offers more power than other pumps and a pre-selected psi feature not offered by competitors.

GOAT Backpack
Idaho State University
GOAT Backpack gives parents of Idaho students a way to purchase unique backpacks that contain all of their class-specific school supplies and have them shipped to their door for less than the cost of Walmart or Amazon. GOAT Backpack is an affordable and convenient solution that utilizes economies of scale to make it easier for kids to climb the mountain of education.

Happy Trails
University of Idaho
Happy Trails Bike Trailers bring the fun of the bike path to everyone with our unique patent-pending electric-assist bike trailer. Young, old, or handicapped passengers can experience a smooth, no-sway ride with our also patented trailer and suspension system and we include an electric-assist motor and heads-up controls for ease of operation.

Voguish’s Tinker Shop
Brigham Young University-Idaho
Voguish’s Tinker Shop is a startup additive manufacturing company that specializes in tabletop gaming equipment and accessories. We are currently working on producing and selling specialized cases that are catered to the player and to the games they play.

Services Track

CD Master Center
The College of Idaho
Empowering the next generation for a more sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous Angolan society in which everyone has the opportunity to thrive academically and professionally.

Lower Gear Cycles
Boise State University, College of Western Idaho + Idaho State University
Lower Gear Cycles is an affordable and convenient mobile alternative to traditional walk-in bicycle repair shops. We provide a full line of cycle repair services, visiting customers wherever and whenever they need us.

Boise State University
Maggie connects women in low-wage jobs to high-paying roles in tech sales – like Girls Who Code but for women in tech sales. Inspired by her own journey from homelessness to six figures, founder Jenny Anderson leverages her experience hiring, inspiring, and developing early-career sellers to help women go from poverty to prosperity through job training and placement, ongoing mentorship & community, and financial education.

Boise State University
Orbis is a MarTech company that provides unique exposure through exclusive marketing tech that creates a brand awareness platform for all types of businesses. Orbis leverages Gig-economy workers to create “On-ground” marketing beacons that generate daily exposure and impressions.

Refresh Office Assembly, LLC
College of Western Idaho
ROA is a local company in the Treasure Valley dedicated to affordable assembly (tailored budgeting) by serving commercial and residential sites even if it’s just a bookcase. Client needs come first and negotiations second. I strive for two pillars. High customer satisfaction and timeliness so your space is ready for you when you need it.

Zibe Design
Idaho State University
Zibe Design creates individually curated seasonal décor packages and delivers them to the customer. Order online, set up your décor, and enjoy the season.

Software Track

Boise State University
ChatterQuant offers real-time discussion and sentiment monitoring on over 28,000 stocks, ETFs, and over 10,000 cryptocurrencies. Using proprietary artificial intelligence algorithms and techniques, ChatterQuant is able to make unique data interpretations and provide actionable insights to funds, banks, and traders.

Brigham Young University-Idaho
Findr gives businesses a platform to map out their stores and offer incentives to customers. We aim to make shopping more convenient and fun!

Guide Pass
University of Idaho
Guide Pass, a digital rewards program, is creating a system to track the economic impact of guides and Outfitters and of the clients they bring to communities. The data collected will help localities, tourism and commerce departments, and guide services to capture the full impact of these high-dollar users and give outdoors enthusiasts a bonus for their purchases.

University of Idaho
Recruiting and training the next class of physicians is critical for most rural areas so Medimon has brought unique creatures to life by gamifying cells, organs, bacteria, and viruses and bringing them into a fun med science game. Appropriate for middle schoolers to med students, Medimon is Taming the Monsters of Medical Education!

College of Western Idaho
In the world of technology and the increase of pet adoptions, Pet-tastic provides the ability to connect it’s users with local pet businesses, dog walkers, pet sitters, and everything of the like to make being a pet parent much more simple. Pet-tastic also houses the ability to connect with other pet parents in a specific area to set up play dates for the furry family members. The app also provides tips and tricks from other pet owners that decide to share their successes with Pet-tastic.

TAC Security
Boise State University + College of Western Idaho
TAC Security is a platform that blends physical security with cybersecurity tools into a real time threat management system. Affordable prices and vast compatibility make us the perfect fit for any organization!

Technology Products Track

Dharma Dr.
Boise State University
Dharma Dr. is the outfitter for the journey within. Our Tabs are the worlds most elegant and accessible bilateral stimulation device; clinically proven to reduce symptoms of anxiety in under 30 seconds.

R2 Wheeling
Boise State University
The R2 module turns electronic accessories on camper-vans/RV’s/cars into smart devices that can be controlled and monitored from a smartphone. Though R2 was born from off-roading, it is useful for any car enthusiast that wants to control/monitor accessories and gauges from one single place.

University of Idaho
A sleek water safety shirt for infants and children. By using selected sensors, it will detect when children show distress in the water and automatically inflate hidden inflatables that will bring them to the surface while notifying the parent via the app.

Sun Valley Solar Solutions
College of Southern Idaho
At Sun Valley Solar Solutions we are committed to providing our customers with low cost and environmentally friendly solutions to the production and storage of power amidst global climate change.

University of Idaho
VandalEyes is an affordable all-in-one security system that protects your equipment trailers. You have the necessary equipment including live video and GPS to detect and deter thieves, giving you the ability to respond immediately. Theft stops when everyone is watching.

VarScent Reverse Alzheimer’s
Boise State University
VarScent Reverse Alzheimer’s is a research and development group funded by Boise State University. We aim to combine virtual reality with scent stimuli in order to create a robust diagnostic and therapeutic tool for cognitive decline.

2021 IEC Final Pitch Winner Update

2 Minute Drill with Adam Stock, Founder of Cargo Made
Airing on April 29 on Apple TV + Bloomberg TelevisionAdam Stock, Founder of Cargo Made, winner of the 2021 Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge final pitch competition and 2021 Boise Entrepreneur Week pitch competition, competed in Season Three of David Meltzer’s “2 Minute Drill”. Tune in on April 29 to watch Adam pitch for $50,000+ in cash and prizes!
Learn More About IEC

Register Today: Reverse Pitch Competition

Carbon Venture Challenge

Carbon Venture Challenge
Sprint: April 12 – 18
Preliminary Pitch Competition: April 19
Final Pitch Competition: April 22
Location: Venture College
301 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID 83702

Join the fight against climate change while competing for $20,000 in cash prizes by pitching your venture to industry experts, investors, and community members.

This is a ‘reverse pitch’ competition open to Boise State students. Participants will work on interdisciplinary teams to find solutions to carbon reduction and sustainability challenges, while building a venture. Learn more about this challenge.

Apply Here

Venture College Community

Events + Resources

105-Mile Walk for Water Fundraiser
Happening Now!
Venture College alum, Dallas Crum, is on the 3rd day of the 105-mile walk for water carrying 5 gallons (42 lbs) of water. Dallas is walking to raise money for those in need of access to clean water. This fundraiser is presented by Vivid Roots Collective. Learn more, follow along, and donate here.
Kiln Meridian Open House
March 24 from 4-7 pm MT
Join Kiln for an open house to check out their new co-working and flex-office community coming to Meridian this April. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about Kiln and connect with community members. Reserve a spot here.
5 Founders Pitch to Mr. Wonderful for $25k!
April 14, 2022 at 9 am PT
Deadline to apply: April 7

Hawke Media has partnered with StartEngine to host this live pitch competition with renowned host of Shark Tank and pitch judge — Kevin O’Leary (aka Mr. Wonderful). StartEngine will invite its community of 760,000+ founders, investors and fans to watch 5 companies pitch live. Learn more, apply to pitch, and sign up to watch here.
Kula + Nosh Pop-Up Series:
From the Sea Dinner

April 14, 2022
Vegan Chef + M43 Entrepreneur Course alum, Michelle Russell, has partnered with Chicago Chef + Sommelier, Zach Greatting, for a pop-up dinner series. Their concept brings together vegan and standard proteins paired with seasonal ingredients for an innovative side by side dinning experience everyone can enjoy. Drink pairings are available at each dinner to complete the meal, with non-alcoholic options as well. Learn more and reserve a spot now.

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