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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 open now through February 20, 2021.

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About IEC

The 2021 Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge will be held virtually. All active Idaho college students are encouraged to apply. 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
$45,000 in Cash Prizes

Competition Prizes

Total Prize Money: $45,000 (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

Competition Tracks: Technology, Products, Health + Wellness, and Local Services

Meet Last Year's Winners


IGEM Innovating IdahoJUMP Jack's Urban Meeting Place



Stratton & Associates Certified Public Accountants

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

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