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UW’s Casper Start-Up Challenge Announces Six Finalists

March 15, 2022

IMPACT 307, a business development program of the University of Wyoming with business incubators in Laramie, Casper, Cheyenne and Sheridan, will continue to build upon the successes of its Casper Start-Up Challenge with a sixth year of the competition and another $50,000 fund to seed Casper startup businesses.

“We are excited about the quality of all of the applicants,” says Eric Schlidt, director of IMPACT Casper. “We received over 40 applications, and narrowing them down to six finalists with our judges was no easy task. This year, the judges decided upon six finalists instead of the typical five because competition was so stiff.”

The final six businesses and entrepreneurs for the 2022 Casper Start-Up Challenge are:

ACS Juices -- Anna Studer.

Deer Creek Arms -- Jadon Williams.

Guardian Warrior Solutions LLC -- Preston Atwood.

Infinite Outdoors LLC -- Sam Seeton.

Intuitive Surgical Design -- Tim Ficken.

Picture My Story -- Audrey Jeans.

“The continued positive momentum of IMPACT Casper has really assisted in growing the entrepreneurial spirit and ecosystem in Casper,” says Justin Farley, CEO of Advance Casper, who served as one of the judges. “I am always amazed at the wide variety of ideas that come from the challenge.”

The six finalists will now work with IMPACT 307 staff to develop their businesses over the next two months, culminating in a final Pitch Day Tuesday, April 19, at 5:30 p.m., with a location pending. Three winners will be selected by a panel of judges. Each will receive $5,000 and be eligible to apply to the $50,000 seed fund. Pitch Day is open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to come and support these entrepreneurs. 

The Casper Start-Up Challenge sponsors are Advance Casper, Visit Casper, Hilltop Bank, Oil City News, First Interstate Bank and Wyoming Capital Access.

For more information, call Schlidt at (307) 315-6401 or email eschlid1@uwyo.edu.

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