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UL seeks $3.4M Grant/Loan for Laramie expansion

Wyoming Business Report, Mark Wilcox, December 8th, 2014

An atypical client of the University of Wyoming’s business incubator is already looking to leave the nest for its own space.

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County signs on to help fund UW-run business incubator in Sheridan

Sheridan, November 5th, 2014

Sheridan will become the third city in Wyoming to house a branch of the Wyoming Technology Business Center.

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Black Bison names new CEO

Casper, October 13, 2014

Black Bison Water Services, LLC, a provider of services for the disposal of waste water from oil and gas producing wells, named Richard C. Kreul the company’s new CEO.

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Incubator Helps Get Businesses on Their Feet

Laramie, October 1, 2014

It can be difficult for a startup business to make it in Wyoming. Luckily, some companies can turn to the University of Wyoming for help.

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Black Bison Completes Second Acquisition of a Salt Water Disposal Property

Casper, March 19, 2014

Black Bison Water Services, LLC (“Black Bison”), a provider of services for the disposal of flowback and produced water generated from oil and gas-producing wells, today announced that it has closed its acquisition of a salt water disposal (SWD) property located in Wyoming's Powder River Basin (the "Reed Well"). The acquisition will be financed utilizing borrowings available to Black Bison under its newly established mortgage facility.

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Entrepreneur Jack Morrison to speak at e2e Wyoming event in Laramie

University of Wyoming, October 25, 2013

A former University of Wyoming student who has been a successful entrepreneur in the airfreight and logistics business will be the guest speaker at the e2e Wyoming event in Laramie at the November meeting.

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Whole Foods picks up Bright Agrotech's produce towers

By MJ Clark October 17, 2013

Bright Agrotech – the University of Wyoming business incubator client featured in last year's "Research Wyoming" – has grown beyond the Cowboy State's borders.



Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Prefers Wyoming

Wyoming Business Report, Tim Monroe, September 25th, 2013

A former Silicon Valley entrepreneur who now lives in Wyoming last night shared his reasoning for leaving the Golden State in favor of the Equality State.



Firehole Technologies’ Success to be Topic of Discussion at e2e Casper Meeting

University of Wyoming, June 4th, 2013

A Laramie-based business that grew from an idea at the University of Wyoming into a thriving company that was eventually acquired by a Fortune 350 software giant will be the topic of discussion at e2e Casper’s networking program this month.



Bright Agrotech's ZipGrow Towers Featured in London Aquaponics Project, May 31st, 2013

London’s first aquaponic farm in a shipping container has opened. Fish live in the base of the unit, creating nutrients for the plants growing in the greenhouse above. If you find yourself in London in the next few weeks, head to London Bridge tube station to find the Grow Up Box just off Union Street.

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Company’s Spin-Out Agreement with UW Targets Algal Biomass Industry

University of Wyoming, May 8th, 2013

PlanktOMICS Algae Bioservices recently finalized a spin-out agreement with the University of Wyoming in a deal that will allow the company to further its goal to be an innovative leader in providing biotechnological services and products for the emerging algal biomass industry.

Located in Laramie, PlanktOMICS has developed a service business that expedites the highly technical process of domesticating algae for agricultural and industrial production. These services are designed to maximize algal growth and productivity while saving time and money for clients, which include private companies along with government and university labs that conduct research on algae.



UWYO Magazine: Bill Gern

Volume 14, Number 2, January 2013

By Steve Kiggins

Bill Gern is quick to give credit.

It was then-President Terry Roark, he says, who set the University of Wyoming on its current course for research and economic development. And Jon Benson who led the Wyoming Technology Business Center (WTBC) to statewide prominence. And Larry Stewart who guided Manufacturing-Works’ path to viability.


UWYO Magazine: Engineering the Future

Volume 14, Number 2, January 2013

By Steve Kiggins

Jerad Stack wraps both of his hands around a Bauer hockey stick, his knuckles whitening as he squeezes the composite shaft, and prepares to mimic the hardest shot in the game of ice hockey.

“The last thing you want is for your stick to break,” Stack says as he cautiously guides the preferred weapon of professional superstars Steven Stamkos, Evgeni Malkin and Jonathan Toews through Wyoming’s thin air, being careful that his simulated slapshot doesn’t damage anything inside his office.





BY CHILTON TIPPIN / • Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Jerad Stack said the recent acquisition of his company, Firehole Composites, by Autodesk was an exciting moment not only for his firm, but for the entire Laramie community.

“(Autodesk) is a fortune 350 company that’s coming in and developing a presence in Laramie,” Stack, the chief executive officer of Firehose, said.

“This is a major technology business, which is kind of one of the reasons why we’re building things like the Cirrus Sky Technology Park — to have more things exactly like this happen.”

Firehole Composites, a company specializing in design software for composite parts, was acquired March 12 by Autodesk, one of the world’s largest design-software firms.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Stack, who will now be the product manager for composite software, said Firehole was founded in 2001 and spent several years in the Wyoming Technology Business Center before moving to its current location downtown in 2008.



Local CSA develops vertical growing system to produce crops year round

In the Bright Agrotech greenhouse, plants don’t grow from soil; they hang from towers suspended in the air.

Nate Storey and Paul Bennick launched the community-supported agriculture venture of Bright Agrotech, LLC., in November 2012.

To get their crops to market, they rely on a proprietary growing method, uniquely designed to minimize environmental impact while yielding consistent produce in harsh climates.


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