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Wyoming Technology Business Center

Fisher Innovation Challenge

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Unlock the Entrepreneurial Code


The Fisher Innovation Challenge is a new competition launched in the Spring of 2016, supported through the generous financial gift of Mr. Donne Fisher, and matched by the University of Wyoming Office of Research and Economic Development. The Fisher Innovation Challenge seeks to catalyze Wyoming technology start-up businesses and provide the opportunity to apply for seed money to take the business past concept stage and into real-world first article builds and initial sales. The competition has identified finalists who are eligible to pitch for the chance to apply to a $100,000 seed fund.

The FIC is for new, independent businesses in the seed, start‐up, or early growth stages that are focused on technology and/or innovation. Generally excluded are the following: buy-outs, expansions of existing companies, real estate syndications, franchises, online retail, brick and mortar retail, licensing agreements for distribution in a different geographical area, and spin-outs from existing corporations. Licensing technologies from University of Wyoming research labs is encouraged, assuming they have not been commercialized previously.


International Student Opportunities

Looking to become an entrepreneur, but have questions? We can help guide you to answers. Join WTBC staff to learn about the FIC and how international students can participate, then stay around for International Coffee Hour!

Friday, March 24th - International Coffee Hour Pre-Session - 3:30 p.m., Union Skylight Lounge

Friday, April 7th - International Coffee Hour Pre-Session - 3:30 p.m., Union Skylight Lounge

Student to Start-Up Events

S2SU events are an opportunity for all students interested in the Fisher Innovation Challenge to hear from other young entrepreneurs what starting a company is like. The WTBC staff will be on hand to answer questions and bring food.

Tuesday, March 21st - Student to Start-Up, Bright Agrotech - 5:30 p.m., College of Agriculture, room 1030.

Wednesday, March 22nd - Student to Start-Up, Bison Kings Game Studios - 5:30 p.m., Engineering Building, room 1045

Thursday, March 30th - Student to Start-Up, Resono Pressure Systems - 5:30 p.m., Engineering Building, room 1045

Informational Nacho Bars

Unlimited Answers and Nachos! Drop by these events at your convenience to discuss your FIC ideas one-on-one with WTBC staff over a plate of Qdoba nachos. We'll work with you to develop your application, or help out with a last minute idea.

Monday, April 3rd - Info Session & Nacho Bar - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., College of Agriculture, room 137

Tuesday, April 4th - Info Session & Nacho Bar - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Engineering Building, room 1062

Thursday, April 13th - Info Session & Nacho Bar - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Engineering Building, room 1062

2017 Fisher Innovation Challenge General Overview

2017 Fisher Innovation Challenge Rules & Regulations

2017 Timeline

APPLY HERE FOR THE 2017 Fisher Innovation Challenge

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