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Published August 24, 2021
University of Wyoming students have another opportunity to take their ideas from the dorm room to the boardroom through the Fisher Innovation Launchpad (FIL).
FIL awards seed funding to student-led businesses with a focus on innovation, problem-solving, emerging industries and disruptive technology startups. Students within all disciplines at UW at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels are encouraged to apply.
The application deadline is midnight Monday, Sept. 13. To apply, go to https://uwyo.startuptree.co/event/s/GsGMwttyZgwe2BzDaeuQYE/Fisher-Innovation-Launchpad.
The opportunity was created in 2016 through a generous financial gift from Donne and Sue Fisher. FIL continues to run through UW’s IMPACT 307, a network of innovation-driven business incubators committed to growing and strengthening Wyoming’s entrepreneurial community by providing resources and support for founders to thrive.
Interested UW community members are invited to attend an FIL information session Wednesday, Sept. 8, from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Wyoming Technology Business Center, located at 1938 Harney St. in Laramie. The event will be outside in the east courtyard. Attendees can network with previous Fisher winners, incubator clients, IMPACT 307 business counselors and UW faculty members who are engaged with entrepreneurship on campus.
Participants in FIL will receive individualized advising for their businesses and guidance in navigating all aspects of business development. FIL will culminate in November at the final Pitch Day event, where finalists present their businesses to a panel of independent judges. While there is no set limit on how much a finalist can receive, awards have historically ranged from $4,000 to $40,000.