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Applications open for the 7th annual Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge

Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge, Awards Ceremony 2019 Allison Corona photo

The annual statewide Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge, hosted by the Venture College in the College of Innovation and Design, gives aspiring business founders the chance to pitch their ideas, network, get advice from experts, and compete for seed money and other services.

This year, during the virtual event on Wednesday, March 31, teams will compete for $45,000 in prize money. The deadline to apply is Feb. 20:

2019 Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge: Trillitye Paulin, founder of Free to Feed, a winning team in 2019. The company finds solutions for parents of babies with food sensitivities. Allison Corona photo

The competition is open to all Idaho higher education students. At least one founding member of the team must be a registered student. The competition will stream on Zoom and Twitch. Teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of experts, investors and entrepreneurs.

Prize money will be split between four tracks: technology, products, health and wellness, and local services. In addition to winners in each track, the president’s office will award a $1,000 prize.

Event sponsors include Acahand Foundation (, Alturas, CDI Group of Companies, IGEM, JUMP, and Stratton & Associates.