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April 5, 2024

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.

Schedule + Key Dates

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The 2024 IEC Application is now open

  • Feb 23rd: Application closes at midnight
  • Feb 26th and 28th: Preliminary judging
  • Feb 29th: Teams notified if they will be advancing to the prelims
  • March 7th: Preliminary competition, virtual via Zoom
  • March 8th: Top 12 teams announced, 3 teams in each track will advance to the finals
  • April 4th: Travel to Boise and pre-competition events
  • April 5th: Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge, in-person at Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP) + Award Ceremony
IEC Resource Center
Advance Your Venture

Compete for $50,000 in Cash Prizes

Meet the 2023 Award Recipients
Golden Ticket

Boise Entrepreneur Week

Winners of the Spring 2024 Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge will receive a “Golden Ticket” to pitch in the Fall 2024 Boise Entrepreneur Week Pitch Competition.

Boise Entrepreneur Week

2023 Sponsors

CDI Group of Companies
IGEM Innovating in Idaho
Stratton and Associates Certified Public Accountants
Boise Entrepreneur Week
Trolley House Ventures

Hawley Troxell Attorneys and Counselors
Trailhead where business starts in Boise

2022 Sponsors


Wells Fargo

JUMP Jack's Urban Meeting Place
Boise State University College of Innovation and Design

The Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge 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.