Casper entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs are invited to register for the fourth-annual Casper Start-Up Challenge by Sept. 12.
The 2019 Start-Up Challenge is a business competition for anyone with an idea for a new company based in the Casper area. Finalists will work closely with the Wyoming Technology Business Center (WTBC), which is a partner of the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Business Council, to gain business knowledge and skills as they progress through the phases of the competition. Whether they win or not, finalists will be prepared to launch their business at the conclusion of the contest.
The top three winners will each receive $5,000 and be eligible to access a $50,000 seed fund. A select few will also be invited to use office space in the Casper WTBC free of charge for a year.
Interested parties should attend an informational mixer at 5:30 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 15, at the Frontier Brewing Company in downtown Casper. Contest organizers highly recommend attending the mixer or contacting the WTBC for counsel prior to registering.
The final pitch day will be held on November 7th at the Lyric.
“Often, entrepreneurs with fantastic ideas are held back by a lack of seed funding to get them going,” said Jerad Stack, director of the WTBC in the Casper area. “Thanks to phenomenal community support, we can overcome that barrier to give new businesses a leg up while helping to diversify the Casper economy. We know from the past three years of hosting this contest that Casper is full of great ideas and the grit to turn them into realities.”
The Casper Start-Up Challenge is made possible by CAEDA/Forward Casper, the John P. Ellbogen Foundation, First Interstate Bank, the Wyoming Business Council, Oil City News and WIDC Frontier CDC.