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Statewide competition aims to solve real-world problems in the homebuilding industry

2020 Hacking for Homebuilding first-place finishers Lyndsay Watkins and Kelsey Ramsey of the HAUS team.

Hacking for Homebuilding is a statewide competition from Sept. 27-Oct. 7 made possible by Boise State’s Venture College and the College of Engineering. The two-week program is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs. In the competition, experts in the building field pose real challenges. Teams choose one of the problems to solve and refine their solutions into possible startups. Experts from the Venture College and the community act as mentors. Participants pitch their ideas, competing for more than $40,000 in cash prizes.

The competition is composed of two tracks: Higher education students across Idaho are eligible to compete in the student track. Everyone else will compete in the public track.

The top three teams from each track will present their ideas in a final pitch competition before a panel of industry experts, entrepreneurs, and investors during Boise Entrepreneur Week starting Oct. 18.

Applications for Hacking for Homebuilding close at 5 p.m. MST on Sunday, Sept. 26.

Learn more about the competition and its industry partners the Venture College website.