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Pitch Day: Tuesday, May 23 at the WYO Theater


The WTBC invites you to attend the 2017 Pitch Day for the Sheridan Start-Up Challenge on Tuesday, May 23rd at 6:00pm at The WYO Theater. Five local entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges with the top three teams receiving a $5,000 award, pro bono legal counsel from Davis & Cannon, and opportunity to apply to a $50,000 seed fund for working capital.
Sponsored by the SEEDA Joint Powers Board, The Homer A. and Mildred S. Scott Foundation, First Interstate Bank, and Davis & Cannon, the Sheridan Start-Up Challenge is designed to encourage and stimulate more entrepreneurial activity in the Sheridan area. Registration for the Start-Up Challenge opened on February 13th and the WTBC received 68 submittals across 14 industries when registration eventually closed on March 8th. All of the finalists have been working closely with WTBC staff to develop business models and the final pitch. The five finalists pitching on May 23rd include:

• Ajayi Global Enterprises, Lekan Ajayi, a web-based platform that connects cancer patients with available drug trials.
• K-Driven, Justin Koltiska & Garrett Kron, a patented oil field tool that significantly improves efficiency and safety in the field.
• Oatware, Anne Gunn & Mark Thoney, a portfolio of three software as a service products focused on hyper-local markets.
• Old Army Records, Kevin O'Dell & Jim Powers, an ancestry software focused on military history.
• RS Water Drill, Rick Shelton & Doug Madison, a patented water drill technology for thawing frozen pipes.

Pitch Day will kick off at 6:00pm on May 23rd and each finalist will give a 15-minute presentation followed by questions from the judges. The judging panel includes Tim Barnes, Co-founder of Black Tooth Brewing Company; Laura Lehan, Founder of PeAk Consulting & CDO at Sheridan Memorial Hospital; Jesus Rios, COO of Ptolemy Data Systems; Jerad Stack, Co-Founder of Breakthrough 307; Travis Todd, Co-founder of FullContact; PJ Treide, Founder of Surf Wyoming & Bighorn Design; and Jon Benson, CEO of the WTBC.
Following the five pitches, the WTBC will host a reception at The WYO Theater where the top three qualifying teams will be announced.

Register Here to Attend Pitch Day


Competition Overview

To improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem and assist with quality job creation in the Sheridan area, UW’s Wyoming Technology Business Center (WTBC) is looking for individuals who are interested in starting a new business or early-stage entrepreneurs wanting to grow. The WTBC, through the Sheridan Start-Up Challenge, is providing a monetary incentive and the business support needed for contestants to act on their ideas. 

Each finalist will work closely with WTBC staff to develop his or her business in the Sheridan area. All finalists will gain business process knowledge as they progress through the phases of the competition. Regardless of the competition outcome, each finalist will be more prepared to launch and grow the business, improving the local economy.

The top three finalists will each receive $5,000, one free year in WTBC’s incubator, and be eligible to access a $50,000 Seed Fund for working capital.

2017 Sheridan Start-Up Challenge General Overview
2017 Sheridan Start-Up Challenge Rules & Regulations
2017 Timeline



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