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Entrepreneurship Program

Entrepreneurship Program

The University of Wyoming College of Business has a robust entrepreneurship program that includes courses offered to all UW students, including 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 totaling $50,000. Our goal through this program is to "activate" as many young entrepreneurs as possible through education about best practices, resources provided to help them succeed, and mentorship to show them what is possible.

Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition

2024 Competition Schedule
8:30 AM Breakfast (BU Atrium)
9:30 AM Welcome by Dean Beaulier (BU 123)
9:55 AM PITCH: Wyoming Rail Yard
10:15 AM PITCH: UniquiClay
10:35 AM Speaker: BAST Manufacturing
10:40 AM PITCH: O3
11:00 AM PITCH: MayPall
11:20 AM Mentor Recognition Luncheon (GJSSC)
12:20 PM Welcome Back (BU 123)
12:25 PM PITCH: Ascent Social Marketing
12:45 PM PITCH: Power Theory Inc.
1:05 PM Speaker: Inspira Nutrition
1:10 PM PITCH: FINA Custom Work
1:30 PM PITCH: Southern Soul Kitchen
2:40 PM Announcement of Winners (BU 123)
1:50-3:30 PM Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Fair (BU Atrium)

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.