May 20-Aug 5: Summer Virtual Business Bootcamp

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Aug 5: Seed for Startups - Summer Edition

A virtual business idea pitch competition where students can win seed money, and alumni/non-students can win prizes.

Register to pitch (digitally) 

 

Events & Competitions at UVU

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UVU Social Innovation Challenge

Participating in the UVU Social Innovation Challenge offers you hands-on experience working to identify and research a social problem and gaps in the solutions market. This is a great place to start if you want to save the world. 

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Opportunity Quest

Opportunity Quest

The UVU Opportunity Quest is open to all students across the UVU campus. The competition is designed to foster the students' entrepreneurial mindset through experiential education and to connect them with other entrepreneurs. UVU prides itself on teaching competencies in both managerial and technical skills. Entrepreneurs have a natural inclination toward innovation, achievement, self-determination, and personal resiliency.

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Seed for Startups

With resources available from the UVU Wolverine Fund, the Ross Seed Fund, the Zinn Starter Fund, and the UVU Entrepreneurship Institute, UVU has the resources and tools to help start or fund your new business!

 

 

 

Sign Ups Open!
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GSEA

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a business while attending college or university. Nominees compete against their peers from around the world in a series of local and/or national competitions in hopes to qualify for GSEA Finals. Founded in 1998 by Saint Louis University, GSEA is now an Entrepreneurs’ Organization program.

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Pitch!

A group of hand-selected UVU students have worked hard to develop their businesses and are at a point where additional resources are needed. At this event, they'll pitch their businesses and talk about where they are.

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VentureCon

VentureCon is a one day, four hour trade show where UVU students with businesses will have the opportunity to set up a table and pitch their idea, sell their product, or otherwise work on validating their business concepts. Members of the community are invited to come and support our student businesses by providing them feedback or purchasing the students' products.

 

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Launch & Accelerate

Launch and Accelerate is UVU's summer accelerator program for students and alumni who want to get their businesses up and running over the summer.

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Competition and Funding Awardees

UVU Social Innovation Challenge

The annual UVU Social Innovation Challenge starts each September, provides workshops monthly during fall, and concludes with pitches from our finalists at an exciting awards competition in December.

Participating in the UVU Social Innovation Challenge offers you hands-on experience working to identify and research a social problem and gaps in the solutions market. This is a great place to start if you want to save the world. Join this year's challenge.

 

Fall 2018 Social Innovation Challenge Winners

Track 3 - Map the System 

Veronica Dean-Reginato, Jessie Sandstrom, Preston Parry, Yelyzaveta Pashchenko, Kenna Blaylock

Veronica Dean-Reginato, Jessie Sandstrom, Preston Parry, Yelyzaveta Pashchenko, Kenna Blaylock shake their opposition's hands

UVU Parking App $3000
UVU Parking App Team Photo
Zip Rider $2000

Zip Rider Team Photo

Assist Campus Safety $1000

Assist Campus Safety Team Photo

UTA Rewards $1000

UTA Rewards Team Photo

Wheel Chair Wheel $500

Wheel Chair Wheels Team Photo

Hydro Lifts $500

Hydro Lifts Team Photo

Spring 2018 Social Innovation Challenge Winners

Dallin McAllister, Steven Robison, Matt Wilcox, Kade Andrus and Sydney Yarro

Dallin McAllister, Steven Robison, Matt Wilcox, Kade Andrus and Sydney Yarro with the Social Innovation Challenge belt.

 

2017 Social Innovation Challenge

First Place, Kevin Shurtleff & Austin Bettridge

Kevin Shurtleff and Austin Bettridge with Mark Seastrand accepting Social Innovation Challenge 1st place prize.

Second Place, Zack Seipert

Zack Seipert accepting 2nd place award for Social Innovation Challenge from Mark Seastrand and Vance Gough.

Third Place, Dalyn Banagas, Kaci Eliason, Steve Lockhart, Hannah Slattery, Skyler White

Team Delta 2 with Vance Gough and Mark Seastrand accepting 3rd place Social Innovation Challenge award.

Opportunity Quest

UVU Opportunity Quest is open to all students across the UVU campus. The competition is designed to foster the students' entrepreneurial mindset through experiential education and to connect them with other entrepreneurs. UVU prides itself on teaching competencies in both managerial and technical skills. Entrepreneurs have a natural inclination toward innovation, achievement, self-determination, and personal resiliency. Enter OQ 2021.

2020 UVU Opportunity Quest Winners

First Place, Alessandra Camargo and Alex Camargo

with (from left to right) John Merrill,  Brian Murphy, Amy Caldwell, Peter Jay, Ben Perkins, and Mark SeastrandAlessandra and Alex Camargo being awarded 1st place by 2020 Opportunity Quest judges.

Second Place, Kamel Greene and Bradley Bertola

with (from left to right) John Merrill,  Brian Murphy, Amy Caldwell, Peter Jay, Bradley Bertola, Kamel Greene Ben Perkins, and Mark Seastrand

Bradley Bertola and Kamel Greene accepting 2nd place in 2020 Opportunity Quest with judges.

Third Place, Matthew Perry and Brock Hensen

with (from left to right) John Merrill,  Brian Murphy, Amy Caldwell, Peter Jay, Matthew Perry, Brock Hensen, Ben Perkins, and Mark Seastrand

Matthew Perry and Brock Hensen accepting 3rd place from the 2020 Opportunity Quest judges.

2019 UVU Opportunity Quest Winners

First Place, Ben Perkins

with (from left to right) Trent Christensen, Mark Seastrand, Brian Murphy, Ray Zinn, James Endicott, Ben Perkins, Elizabeth Perkins, Amy Rees Anderson, Jeff Flamm, Carine Clark, Norm Wright

Blue and White Collar, 1st place winner at Opportunity Quest 

Second Place, Mark Sumsion and Morgan Davis

with (from left to right) Trent Christensen, Mark Seastrand, Brian Murphy, Ray Zinn, James Endicott, Mark Sumsion, Morgan Davis, Amy Rees Anderson, Jeff Flamm, Carine Clark, Norm Wright

2nd Place Winners Say More Cards at Opportunity Quest 2019

Third Place, Drew Gunderson

with (from left to right) Trent Christensen, Mark Seastrand, Brian Murphy, Ray Zinn, James Endicott, Drew Gunderson, Amy Rees Anderson, Jeff Flamm, Carine Clark, Norm Wright

3rd Place Winner Drew Gunderson at Opportunity Quest

2018 UVU Opportunity Quest Winners

First Place, Derek Omori, Cameron Adamson, Forest Pfatenhauer

with (from left to right) James Endicott, David Jimenez, Mark Seastrand, Brett Ross, and Greg Smith

2018 Opportunity Quest 1st Place Winners Derek Omori, Cameron Adamson, and Forest Pfatenhauer

Second Place, Mack Bawden

with (from left to right) James Endicott, David Jimenez, Mark Seastrand, Brett Ross, and Greg Smith

2018 Opportunity Quest 2nd place winner Mack Bawden

Third Place, Drew Gunderson (not pictured) and Beau Gunderson

with (from left to right) James Endicott, David Jimenez, Mark Seastrand, Brett Ross, and Greg Smith

2018 Opportunity Quest 3rd Place Winners Drew and Beau Gunderson

Seed Funding Awardees

With resources available from the UVU Wolverine Fund, the Ross Seed Fund, the Zinn Starter Fund, and the UVU Entrepreneurship Institute, UVU has the resources and tools to help start or fund your new business!

Learn more about UVU's Seed Funds.

Seed For Startups Awardees Spring 2020

To be announced!

Seed For Startups Awardees Fall 2019

Kade Andrus, $2000
Derek Omori, $2000
Ben Perkins, $1500
Scott Craven, $500
Jessica Wiarda, $500
Cameron Stack, $350

Seed For Startups Awardees Spring 2019

Andrew Ossola, $1000
Cosette Reeves, $1000
Chandler Joly, $500
Jameson Tanner, $500
Leonardo Fuchs, $500
Tyler Taggert, $500

 

Seed For Startups Awardees Fall 2018

Ashley Brown, $500
Austyn Vickers, $500
Braden Astle, $500
Grant Evans, $1000
Ian Hopper, $500
Jameson Tanner, $1000
Jordan Bagnall, $1000
Michael Claflin, $1000
Stephen Morgan, $500
Tucker Hunsaker, $500