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Entrepreneurship Program

The University of Wyoming College of Business has a robust entrepreneurship program which includes courses offered to all UW students, a minor and a major degree in entrepreneurship. In addition to courses offered, we host an annual entrepreneurship summit each year alongside an entrepreneurship competition with cash prizes totalling $50,000. It is our goal through this program to "activate" as many young entrepreneurs we can through education about best practices, resources provided to help them succeed, and mentorship to show them what is possible.

Learn more about our entrepreneurship minor.

Learn more about our entrepreneurship degree.

2016 $30k Winner Trevor Trouchon

Entrepreneurship Summit

Kent Drummond

April 26, 2018

The University of Wyoming College of Business hosts a free all-day event for current and potential entrepreneurs from UW and our surrounding communities at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center. The day is broken up into sessions so that guests can attend the portions they are able to and are most interested in. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included. RSVP is required though.

$50K Competition finalists pitch their ideas, panelists speak about the ups and downs of entrepreneurship, keynote speakers talk about innovation, and networking opportunities allow entrepreneurs to connect with investors. President Nichols will provide opening and closing remarks in addition to some exciting new announcements.

The event will be recorded and links will be provided to allow you access to view the event live the day of the competition. Hopefully you can join us here in Laramie for the competition, but if not we wanted to give community members and alumni that cannot attend an opportunity to participate in the day.

WyoCast link for April 26th streaming beginning at 8AM (MST):

Keynote Speaker

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Mindie Kaplan

Founder/CEO of Rated VR & Tech Marketer

Mindie Kaplan is considered tech royalty as a serial entrepreneur, brand consultant, VR/AR specialist, tech wizard and digital media exec. Her huge following and a background in technology and branding for Microsoft, Nissan, and several others has made her a trusted thought leader. Kaplan’s career launched 15 years ago in the corporate world and later became the creator and host of the Chicago Sun Times series, “Happy Hour with Mindie,” and she has since become well known interviewer and blogger.

As an early adopter of virtual reality, Mindie is leveraging the new technology to reach audiences in an exciting and creative way. In her newest web series for various publishers, Mindie combines her exceptional journalism skills with her knowledge of emerging technology to interview fellow web stars in unique environments, such as inside a hot air balloon shot in virtual reality. She is also the CEO and Founder of Rated VR, a strategy agency that helps companies and agencies integrate their brand narratives into the new technology. Mindie continues to leverage emerging trends through a media perspective to create engaging opportunities for both viewers and clients.

Mindie is also an expert on augmented reality, mixed reality and artificial intelligence, which allows her to explain complex subjects to anyone and connect with a variety of audiences. She is a passionate advocate for women in tech and believes that diversity can benefit the workplace in addition to creating an environment that nurtures creativity and efficiency. Whether she's speaking or moderating a panel, her cutting edge insights into new media and the future are valuable for professionals from every industry.

Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition

The John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition at the University of Wyoming (UW) is designed to encourage college students across the State of Wyoming to act on their talents, ideas, and energy to produce tomorrow's leading businesses. The $50K Competition awards cash prizes to outstanding teams of student entrepreneurs who submit their business plans for new ventures showing significant business potential. The competition encourages teams to compete by providing business consulting expertise, C-level mentorship, financial mentorship, and a strong entrepreneurial network of investors and potential partners.

Students from all community colleges and in all disciplines at UW at the undergraduate and graduate levels are welcome to enter the competition. Multi-disciplinary teams that combine members from many disciplines are encouraged, as these teams bring together the variety of skills required for a successful venture.

Learn more about the competition and previous winners.

Women's Entrepreneurship Day

November 17, 2017

The University of Wyoming College of Business and College of Engineering & Applied Sciences invites you to attend Women's Entrepreneurship Day on November 17th from 4pm to 8pm in the Michael B. Enzi Stem Undergraduate Lab Building. The event is FREE with your RSVP. Hear from leading female entrepreneurs, enjoy free food, networking and a cash bar!

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1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3124


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