Coming Up Next

VentureCon: Student Business Tradeshow 2024

Date: March 21

Time: 10am - 2pm

Location: KB 102


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.

Come check out our student/alumni businesses!

Get Tickets

A Startup Story By Sadie B.

Date: March 06

Time: 12pm - 1pm

Location: KB 102


Sisters and Co-Founders of SadieB Personal Care, Abby and Sadie, talk about their experiences that lead to their idea and how they got started! 

Free lunch served to registerees! 

Sadie has been chasing her passion for hairstyling from the age of ten. Abby has been immersed in social impact work through internships. They launched SadieB Personal Care May 2022 merging their passions for professional quality hair products and addressing the mental health crisis of teen girls in America. The brand’s uplifting messaging flips the script, prioritizing activities, aspirations, and mental hygiene over unfair beauty outcomes.

Get Tickets

WELIFT Wednesday: Photo Day

Date: April 03

Time: 12pm - 2pm

Location: KB 102

Do you need an updated headshot? What about high-quality product photos for your website? Come get them for free at the UVU Entrepreneurship Institute!


Every Week  



Shark with a microphone

Monday Shark Tank Viewing Party

Date: January 08 - April 22

Time: 2pm - 3pm

Location: KB 102


Hop in the
training tank
you dare...

Watch, Discuss, Pitch!

  • Enjoy the show &
    network with your peers
  • Practice your pitch skills
  • Free snacks provided



WE LIFT Co-Working Wednesdays

Every Wednesday, the Entrepreneurship Institute is open to anyone looking for co-working space, or just somewhere to work that isn't home. Parking is only $1 an hour and we have Wi-Fi, desk space, private meeting rooms, and a podcast room available from 9 AM-5 PM.

Open to Public



EI Events at UVU

WE LIFT Wednesdays

WE LIFT Wednesdays
Join us for workshops every 1st Wednesday of the month focused on women entrepreneurs, but open to all.
Learn More

ZinnStarter Competition

ZinnStarter exists to ignite the next generation of entrepreneurs. This includes giving them encouragement and mentoring as well as cash. Pitch for up to $2500 each semester. Apply by March 8th, 2024!
ZinnStarter’s mission is to:
  • Instill the next generation of entrepreneurs to create enduring businesses
  • Provide seed money for promising business plans
  • Provide students with Ray Zinn’s leadership, management and entrepreneurship knowledge
Learn More


VentureCon: Student Business Trade Show

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.

Thursday, March 21st 2024 from 10:00-2:00pm 

Applications Closed

Competition Opportunities

Reach out to us for help perfecting your application to any of the competitions below!

RevRoad Entrepreneur Competition

RevRoad Entrepreneur Competition
We invite you to submit your company for the RevRoad Annual Entrepreneur Competition. This will be the entrepreneur pitch-off event you won’t want to miss. Do you have what it takes? Does your company have what it takes? Apply by February 17, 11:59 PM MT and find out!

  • Company must be based in the United States.
  • Company has raised less than $1M in funding
  • Application completed by February 17, 11:59 PM MT
  • You must be able to attend IN-PERSON.

 • Fill out the application and upload your pitch deck (plan at least 30 min).
 • You will create an account to save your progress and receive updates.

The top contestants will be selected to advance to the semifinal round and hear from us by February 24, 2024. An internal panel of judges will make the selection.

*Competition held at Experience Event Center in Provo, UT.
Applications Open

The Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

The Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

The Utah Entrepreneur Challenge is the second phase following UVU's Opportunity Quest and receives applications from all Utah higher education entities.

Reach out to us and let us help you make your application be the best it can be. Applications due February 21, 2024.


  • The team must be organized and directed by a student from a college or university in the state of Utah.
  • The founding student must be an active student during both semesters of the competition year.
  • The founding student must be registered for a minimum of nine (9) credit hours during the semester they are participating. The credit hours must be taken as a matriculated, admitted, and degree-seeking student.
  • The student team members must be involved in all aspects of the UEC competition.
  • The team must not have been a top-8 finalist in past Utah Entrepreneur Challenge competitions from previous years. (This eligibility requirement refers exclusively to the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge and does not include Opportunity Quest or any of the events hosted by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute.)
  • There are no restrictions regarding other team members; however, we suggest building a balanced team with a strong combination of finance, marketing, engineering and technology skills.
  • For existing companies:
    • If the company has been registered in any state longer than 24 months as of Sept. 1, 2021, a brief history of the company is required in the application.
    • The cumulative revenue, debt, grant or third-party financing for the company has not exceeded $100,000 prior to Sept. 1, 2021.
    • The company cannot be a franchise.


Learn More


Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Utah

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.


  1. You must be enrolled for the current academic year in a university/college as an undergraduate or graduate* student at the time of application. Full-time enrollment is not required; part-time enrollment is acceptable.
  2. You must be the owner, founder or controlling shareholder of your student business. Each company can be represented by only one owner/co-founder - studentpreneur.
  3. Your student business must have been in operation for at least six consecutive months prior to the application.
  4. Your business must have generated US $500 or received US $1000 in investments at the time of application.
  5. You should not have been one of the final round competitors from any previous year’s GSEA Global Finals Competition.
  6. The age cap for participation is 30 years of age.


Applications Open

Bench to Bedside

Bench 2 Bedside
The Bench to Bedside Competition (B2B) is an exciting and vibrant program that introduces students to the fascinating world of medical technology innovation.  

B2B is a multidisciplinary experiential educational program that teaches the impact and the power diversity of thought can bring to the innovation process. The program has grown immensely in scope and quality over the last eight years. We have now engaged over 1,300 students into 300 inter-disciplinary teams that have spawned innovative new health care technologies. More than 65 of these teams have moved forward to commercialize their creations.

Competition Overview

During the seven-month B2B program, student teams form “startup” companies to identify an unmet clinical need and design a technology solution to address the need.  Each team has access to over 100 University Physicians from a broad range of specialties as well as engineering and business professionals from the Salt Lake community to serve as consultants, key opinion leaders, and stakeholders. In that seven-month time period, students will have defined the clinical problem, evaluated the patent landscape, established a regulatory pathway, created a proof of concept prototype, and then develop a go-to-market strategy for commercialization.

The program culminates in April with a formal presentation of team projects at the annual Bench to Bedside Competition. The event draws participation from faculty physicians, residents, industry leaders, venture capital firms, and university leadership. Projects are presented by team members, then evaluated and scored by a VIP panel of judges. Top teams are awarded milestone funding to support further project development.


Undergraduate and Graduate students from all backgrounds can form interdisciplinary-teams to participate in the Bench to Bedside competition. The competition is open to students from any Utah academic institution. Any student who is interested in competing should attend the B2B kick-off and orientation events held in late September.

Interested students do not necessarily need an idea or a team, there will be numerous opportunities for you to meet others and develop ideas as the competition season kicks off. Please click here for the Bench to Bedside Student Registration Guide.

Apply Now