UVU Opportunity Quest 2019

UVU 2018 Opportunity Quest

2019 Winners

1st Place - Ben Perkins, Blue and White Collar

2nd Place - Morgan Davis and Mark Sumsion, Say More Cards

3rd Place - Drew Gunderson, Solar Pergolas



Download the 2019 Opportunity Quest competition packet.


Applications are closed.


3:00 PM Welcome and Introduction
3:05 PM Presentation 1 – Alex Hoffman, Vestid
3:15 PM Q&A 1
3:20 PM Presentation 2 – James Reber, My Tribe
3:30 PM Q&A 2
3:35 PM Presentation 3 – Grant LaMont, SideCoach
3:45 PM Q&A 3
3:50 PM Presentation 4 – Drew Gunderson, Genesis
4:00 PM Q&A 4
4:05 PM Presentation 5 – Michael Claflin, Pillow Face
4:15 PM Q&A 5
4:20 PM Break
4:30 PM Presentation 6 – Ben Perkins, Blue and White Collar
4:40 PM Q&A 6
4:45 PM Presentation 7 – Ashley Peabody, Adventure More
4:55 PM Q&A 7
5:00 PM Presentation 8 – Morgan Davis, Say More
5:10 PM Q&A 8
5:15 PM Presentation 9 – Ben Park, Bab-Eaze
5:25 PM Q&A 9
5:30 PM Presentation 10 – Austyn Vickers, Guuru
5:40 PM Q&A 10
5:45 PM Judges Confer
6:00 PM Dinner and Awards

Judges are:

Brian P. Murphy, Managing Member, Portfolio Advisors LLC
Amy Rees Anderson, Managing Partner, REES Capital
Carine Clark, CEO, Banyan
James Endicott, Managing Partner and Founder, Serento Ventures
Jeff Flamm, CEO and Founder, Infinite Mind, L.C.
David Jolley, EY Americas Growth Markets Leader, Ernst & Young LLP
Ray Zinn, former CEO of Micrel

What is 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.

The UVU Opportunity Quest gives students a chance to create, develop, and then present their business concepts to a panel of judges experienced in entrepreneurship. The UVU Entrepreneurship Institute helps prepare teams for the competition through a series of workshops.

The UVU Opportunity Quest team expresses appreciation to generous support from our sponsors, business coaches, mentors, and judges.  Event Sponsors for UVU 2019 Opportunity Quest Competition are Zion's Bank, and Little Giant Ladders.

Opportunity Quest Overview

Opportunity Quest is an executive summary business plan competition open to all students within Utah Valley University. Individuals or teams can submit entries, but each submission must include at least one current Utah Valley University student in a prominent leadership role.

The competition fosters and promotes business growth at the college and university level by giving students a chance to organize, direct, and present a business idea to a panel of judges. Opportunity Quest provides teams with an educational forum to prepare them for the competition and aid them in the creation and implementation of their business plan.

A cash prize of $4,000 will be awarded to the team judged to have presented the most plausible and promising business executive summary. The first-place team is also automatically entered as a finalist in the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge.

Secondary prizes will also be awarded including cash prizes of $2,000 and $1,000 for 2nd and 3rd place teams respectively. The top three winning teams, will also be provided in kind support through the Entrepreneurship Institute.

Opportunity Quest is student directed and involves other students as volunteers under the direction of the UVU Entrepreneurship Institute. The Opportunity Quest competition is designed to further enhance the entrepreneurial desire of students.

This tremendous undertaking has been made possible by generous support from staff, sponsors, mentors, judges, and faculty members of Utah Valley University.


Each participating team must be organized and directed by a student at Utah Valley University that is enrolled during the Spring semester of the competition or who has applied to compete in the OQ during the fall semester prior to the OQ in the spring. (student standing will be verified by Opportunity Quest staff). There are no restrictions regarding other team members and may include students, faculty, family, or professionals and do not need to be residents of Utah. Successful teams typically have a strong combination of accounting, finance, marketing, and technology skills.

Company formation is not a requirement to enter the competition. Additionally:

  • Teams may present more than one plan; however, each plan must be registered separately.
  • At least one Utah Valley University student must hold a prominent leadership position in the team
  • The business cannot be more than 24 months old as of August 1, 2018
  • The business cannot have generated revenues in excess of $100,000 as of August 1, 2018
  • The business cannot have any external equity funding as of August 1, 2018 (VC, Angels, grants, etc.)

Sponsored by:

Zion's Bank           Little Giant