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March 31, 2021

Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge

A statewide university competition hosted by Boise State University to develop and reward student entrepreneurs with promising ventures and small businesses. College and university students from across Idaho will compete for money and services to advance their startups.

Applications for the 2021 Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge are now closed.

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About IEC

The 2021 Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge will be held virtually. Once the deadline closes (February 20, 2021) completed registrations will be evaluated by preliminary judges comprised of top business owners and leaders across the state of Idaho. Applicants will receive judges feedback on their ideas, and 24 teams will advance to the competition on March 31, 2021.

Rules, Eligibility, + FAQ
$53,000 in Cash Prizes

Competition Prizes

Total Prize Money: $53,000 (split between 4 tracks) + services to help advance startups, including accounting and legal.

  • Track Winner: $7000
  • Track 1st Runner Up: $3000
  • Track 2nd Runner Up: $1000
  • President’s Award: $1000
  • Trolley House Ventures Award: $7,000
  • Final Pitch Competition Winner: Additional $1000

Competition Tracks: Software & Technology, Lifestyle & Service, Social & Environmental Impact, and Manufactured Goods

Meet the 2021 Award Recipients

Trolley House Ventures

IGEM Innovating IdahoJUMP Jack's Urban Meeting Place



Stratton & Associates Certified Public Accountants
Hawley Troxell Attorneys and Counselors

The IEC is a project based in the College of Innovation + Design (CI+D). You can view all of the CI+D initiatives on their home page.

Boise State University College of Innovation and Design