|On January 28, 2022, Venture College partnered with Teach Idaho to host the 5th annual High School Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge (HSIEC). The HSIEC deploys entrepreneurial skills, methods, and tools to high school students throughout the state. This program introduces students to the heart of the Treasure Valley start-up ecosystem and Idaho’s entrepreneurial community.|
Venture College would like to thank our sponsor, the Åcahand Foundation, for making this event possible, creating a lasting impact that will last well beyond the competition. We would also like to thank the judges, teachers, Trailhead Boise, mentors, and community for your support and participation. The HSIEC hosts Idaho’s future business leaders, and we have no doubt the future is bright!
|2022 HSIEC Highlights|
20 teams competed
66 high school students from across Idaho pitched their venture ideas
10 high schools represented:
Bishop Kelly, Blackfoot, Boise, Capital, Centennial, Meridian Technical Charter, Murtaugh, One Stone, Sage International, Shoshone
$3,700 in cash prizes awarded to the top 4 teams in each track
Photo: Peko, One Stone
3rd Place: Product + Service Track
From left to right: Ty Namik + Mac Stockdale
First Place: In or Out
Shoshone High School
Sensor technology for making referee decisions in sports
Second Place: Smart Park
Centennial High School
Third Place: Event Point
An app to find events and connect with friends
Fourth Place: Aspire
Murtaugh High School
VR EdTech enabling better engagement between remote students and teachers
|Product + Service Track|
First Place: pHridge Pods
Boise High School
Keep Food Fresh!
Second Place: Foodgo
A bridge between people and food. A way to make sure no one goes hungry.
Third Place: Peko
Infusing life with surrounding leaves
Fourth Place: Rubber Cupper
Bishop Kelly High School
Never spill again
|Congratulations to all|
2022 High School Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge participants!
2022 Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge (IEC)
Upcoming Workshops + Important Dates
|The 8th annual Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge (IEC) will take place on Thursday, April 7, 2022. IEC is a statewide competition that brings Idaho’s most promising student innovators and entrepreneurs together to compete for $50,000+ in cash prizes, legal consultation, and accounting services to advance their startups.|
In order to apply for the IEC, at least one founding member must be a registered, full-time college or university student in Idaho. The application closes on February 25, 2022
$50,000+ in prize money will be awarded as follows:Track Prizes (4 tracks total):|
Track Winner: $7,000
1st Runner Up: $3,000
2nd Runner Up: $1,000
Trolley House Ventures Award: $7,000
President’s Award: $1,000
Final Pitch Competition Award: $1,000
|Set yourself up for success for this year’s IEC and attend these workshops and open houses to hear from experienced entrepreneurs, community leaders, previous winners and judges, and Venture College staff:|
IEC Open House – TODAY!
February 9, 2022 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm MT
Location: College of Innovation + Design (1865 W. Cesar Chavez Ln., Boise, ID 83706)
2nd floor of the Albertsons Library, ALB 201F
Come enjoy some free pizza, meet the Venture College staff, and learn more about the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge! Venture College staff will be available to answer any questions you may have, provide feedback on the application process, and discuss other opportunities through the Venture College as well. RSVP here.
IEC Virtual Open House
February 16, 2022 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm MT
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Join Venture College staff virtually as they share more information about the IEC during this open house. Please register in advance using this Zoom link.
Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge: Insider Tips from Past Winners + Judges
March 3, 2022 from 5 – 6 pm MT
Location: Venture College (301 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID 83702) + virtually via Zoom
Hear from Adam Stock (Founder of Cargo Made Ez and 2021 IEC Final Pitch Competition Winner) about what he did to win, and from Nick Crabbs (Partner + Chief Community Officer at VYNYL and IEC Judge) about what the judges look for in the winning teams.
New Venture College Programs
Reverse Pitch Competitions
|Venture College is excited to introduce two new ‘reverse pitch’ competitions this semester. These are open to Boise State students. You don’t have to bring your own idea, as industry partners will identify challenges they face and pose these as problem statements. Participants will work on interdisciplinary teams to find solutions to these challenges, while building a venture.|
Hackfort Tech Challenge
Sprint: March 2 – 14, 2022
Preliminary Pitch Competition: March 15, 2022
Final Pitch Competition: March 26, 2022
Location: Boise State University Campus
Show Boise and the Hackfort community your tech skills. Earn prize money, scholarships, and Treefort passes while sharing your idea with the world! Learn more + register here.
Carbon Venture Challenge
Sprint: April 12 – 18, 2022
Preliminary Pitch Competition: April 19, 2022
Final Pitch Competition: April 22, 2022
Location: Boise State University Campus
Join the fight against climate change while competing for cash prizes by pitching your venture to industry experts, investors, and community members. Learn more + register here.
Venture College Community
Events + Resources
|Coffee Chat with Goldman Sachs|
TODAY (Feb. 9) between 12 – 4 pm MT
Location: MBEB 1120
Join recruiters from Goldman Sachs for coffee and conversation. Ask them about their company culture, hiring process, finance and consulting careers, and more. Hosted by BSU’s COBE Career Services. Learn more.
|Mock Interview Workshop|
February 24 from 4 – 6 pm MT
Sign-up to practice interviewing with top employers. Gain real-time feedback from business professionals that will sharpen your interview skills. Hosted by BSU’s COBE Career Services. RSVP here.
|U.S. Bank Foundation Cleantech Inclusion Award|
Application closes: February 25, 2022
The U.S. Bank Foundation Cleantech Inclusion Award is a grant awarded to entrepreneurs who are female and/or people of color and who are building innovative companies that benefit the environment, create jobs, and drive economic development.Recipients of the Cleantech Inclusion Award receive a non-recourse grant of $25,000, 12-months of business mentorship from U.S. Bank Foundation and Evergreen Climate Innovations, and heightened exposure to both investors and potential customers. Learn more and apply here.
|One Refugee Application|
Priority Deadline: March 1, 2022
The One Refugee application is now open for the 2022-2023 academic year. One Refugee is a privately funded nonprofit dedicated to supporting college students from refugee backgrounds in their pursuit of successful, professional, and meaningful futures.One Refugee provides educational mentoring, professional development, and financial assistance to over 300 students on 11 different campuses in Utah and Idaho. Their scholars graduate with meaningful experience and transition into the professional workforce with a median salary of $50,000. Learn more and apply here.
|Boise Pitch Night|
March 17, 2022 from 4:30 – 6 pm MT
Join Trailhead for an in person pitch night followed by a happy hour and St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
Interested in pitching at the next pitch night or have questions? Email Alina Gilmore, Trailhead’s New Program Manager, at [email protected].
Venture College on Social Media
|Are you following the Venture College on social media? The best way to stay connected with us is following us on our channels! We will post videos, interviews, photos, and stories to inspire you to continue on your startup journey.|