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Entrepreneurship Program

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

Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition

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Awards Announced for Virtual UW John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition

Four finalists will share a total of $65,000 in prize money after being selected as winners of the University of Wyoming College of Business 2020 John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition, which took place virtually May 8-9.

The grand prize winner, Resono Pressure Systems, was awarded $30,000. Team members are Pourya Nikoueeyan, a doctoral student from Laramie, and Jonathan Naughton, a professor of mechanical engineering at UW. The company was founded to commercialize an innovative unsteady pressure measurement system for advanced aerospace and wind energy applications.

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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.

Meet The Finalists

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CellDrop

CellDrop uses a patented cell delivery process to quickly and permanently regenerate tissue by encasing Mesenchymal stem cells in microscopic hydrogel droplets (cells in tiny gel marbles). Team members are Benjamin Noren, left, Ph.D. candidate in chemical engineering with graduate minor in gender and women’s studies, from Ironwood, MI; and John Oakey, professor of chemical engineering at UW.

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Resono

Resono Pressure Systems, Inc, was founded to commercialize an innovative unsteady pressure measurement system for advanced aerospace and wind energy applications. Team members are Johnathan Naughton, professor of mechanical engineering at UW, from Laramie, left, and Pourya Nikoueeyan, Ph. D student, from Laramie.

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Build Mothers Build the World

The mission at Build Mothers Build the World is to empower Wyoming women through access to post-secondary education, break the cycle of poverty in our families, and promote economic development across Wyoming through career placement and development. Team members are Abby Lozano, first image left, of the University of Wyoming’s International Students Office, from Torrington; Kyrie Blaney, a senior majoring in marketing, from Evanston; Dilnoza Khasilova, a graduate studies in education student, from Russia and Uzbekistan; ; and Carole Boughton, right image, of the Wyoming Montana Safety Council, from Cheyenne.

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Landseer

Landseer is producing next-generation lithium battery anodes, with potential to double the energy density of current lithium batteries, via a novel production process with unique cost and environmental advantages. Team members are Kurt Stahlfeld, left, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering, from Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Erica Belmont, a UW assistant professor in mechanical engineering.

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EvolvED

EvolvED is a next-generation learning management system that will use advanced algorithms to provide individualized learning plans to students. EvolvED will increase the number of students meeting curricula standards across the state and the country. Team members are Brett Ralston,left, a graduate student in physiology, from Encampment; Chris Larsen, a Laramie County Community College student majoring in computer science, from Jackson Hole; and Samuel Riggs, a Laramie County Community College senior majoring in accounting, from Laramie.

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Nexus Reliability is working to revolutionize how heavy industry uses current remote sensing technologies and big data. The Nexus Connect platform not only saves time and money, but also keeps maintainers and operators safe by preventing catastrophic failures before they occur. Team members are Fritz Ogden, left, a senior majoring in chemical engineering, from Laramie; Steve Bagley, a financial controller and data scientist for NexRel; and Chas Ogden, a mechanical engineer and technical developer for NexRel.

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Step-Up Strategies

Step-Up Strategies

Step-Up Strategies aims to be the solution that allows political campaigns and candidates to connect with their most important constituents by providing highly targeted messaging for state and local races in rural communities. Team members are Ashley Hyche, left, a senior majoring in agriculture communications, from Wheatland; and Ty Shockley, an accountant in Billings, Mont., and a UW graduate from Wheatland.

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