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307 Startup Challenge Deadline Is Sept. 19 for UW Event

September 15, 2022
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The application deadline for new blockchain businesses to compete in the 307 Startup Challenge is Monday, Sept. 19, at 8 a.m. The challenge is Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m. as part of the Wyoming Blockchain Stampede.

The Wyoming Blockchain Stampede is presented by the University of Wyoming Center for Blockchain and Digital Innovation (CBDI) Sept. 19-23. It will be held at the UW Conference Center in Laramie. Registration for the event is free at www.fbcinc.com/e/wyblockchainstampede/. Rules and the entry form for the 307 Startup Challenge can be found at https://uwyo.startuptree.co.

“We have several startups already registered to participate,” says Fred Schmechel, IMPACT 307 interim director. “This is a great opportunity for those interested in starting a business involved in digital assets.”

Sponsored by Blue Ocean, the 307 Startup Challenge is for new, independent blockchain businesses in the seed, startup or early-growth stages that are focused on technology and/or innovation. Generally excluded are the following: buyouts; expansions of existing companies; real estate syndications; franchises; online retail; brick-and-mortar retail; licensing agreements for distribution in a different geographical area; and spinouts from existing corporations.

Schmechel says all teams must use a Lean Launchpad-based pitch deck and present this information in a seven-minute presentation, followed by a brief question period, to the judging panel Sept. 21. Applicants are “strongly encouraged” to use the IMPACT 307 business model guidance document, which outlines the Lean Launchpad process, in addition to the competition rules document.

Judges for the 307 Startup Challenge will be Kerri Faber, general partner, Echelon; David Pope, founder and CEO, DAPCPA Pope & Jackson Inc.; Anthony Apollo, founder, Rensa Games; and Chance Price, business recruitment manager, Wyoming Business Council.

UW’s IMPACT 307 is a statewide network of Wyoming innovation-driven business incubators committed to growing and strengthening Wyoming’s entrepreneurial community by providing resources and support for founders to thrive.

UW’s CBDI is an interdisciplinary center focused on emerging technologies to foster innovation, economic development and education.

For more information about the 307 Startup Challenge, email fschmech@uwyo.edu.

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