UW Entrepreneurship Summit Features Speaker

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LARAMIE, Wyo. - With efforts throughout the state to increase economic diversity, the College of Business will host the first University of Wyoming Entrepreneurship Summit Thursday, April 20.

The program will feature a keynote speaker and UW student teams pitching their business plans in the annual John P. Ellbogen $30K Entrepreneurship Competition. The day’s events begin at 8 a.m. in the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center and will conclude at 8 p.m.

“As UW’s College of Business, we feel a sense of responsibility and pride in our ability to directly impact the state’s economy. The resources we can, and will continue to provide to entrepreneurs, will hopefully play a key role in keeping our students in Wyoming after they graduate through business ownership and job creation,” says Steve Russell, College of Business marketing and external relations director.

The event is free and open to those who RSVP on the college’s website at www.uwyo.edu/business/ellbogen-30k/.

The day’s activities will include opening remarks from UW President Laurie Nichols; the 10 UW student teams pitching their new business ventures; a series of state entities’ representatives discussing resources available to entrepreneurs around the state; an entrepreneurship panel; and a keynote speaker.

The keynote speaker is Anat Baron, former executive of Mike’s Hard Lemonade and an entrepreneur. Her talk will focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and “intrepreneurship,” which pertains to pre-existing business ventures.

This year’s John P. Ellbogen $30K Entrepreneurship Competition attracted a record-breaking 76 student-led teams, which is the most entrants in the program’s 15-year history. Those teams represent each college at UW. The 10 finalists are now working with mentors through the final pitch competition.

The first-place business proposal will win $15,000, with half awarded after the competition and the balance given after submitting a satisfactory progress report. Second-prize funds are $7,500, and third place will receive $5,000. Second- and third-place winners will receive half their prize winnings after the competition and the remaining after submitting progress reports. Additional prizes will be given following the final competition.

For more information about the Entrepreneurship Summit, call Russell at (307) 766-4112.