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Idaho's next generation of entrepreneurs gathered on April 7 for the 8th annual Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge, Idaho’s largest entrepreneurship event for higher education students. The Boise State Venture College, a program within the Boise State College of Innovation + Design, launched the competition in 2015, enabling students from each of Idaho’s colleges and universities to pitch their ideas and learn from experts in making businesses work. Competing among 24 of the state's top future business leaders, winners received a share of over $50,000 in prize money to help them build on their ideas and fund them to the next level.

“These students are leading Idaho’s next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators. We are so grateful to have a community that supports them and we look forward to watching them grow their businesses in Idaho,” said Nic Miller, Executive Director of Boise State University’s Venture College.

Christian Perry, a student at Boise State University, won the competition, representing Chatterquant, a company that offers real-time discussion and sentiment monitoring on over 28,000 stocks, ETFs, and over 10,000 cryptocurrencies. Using proprietary artificial intelligence algorithms and techniques, ChatterQuant is able to make unique data interpretations and provide actionable insights to funds, banks, and traders.

Other awards were as follows [winner name(s); company name; university]:

- Services Track (tie): Jenny Anderson, Maggie, Boise State University
- Services Track (tie): Lower Gear Cycles, Ethyn Williams, Luke George, and Emily House; College of Western Idaho, Boise State University, and Idaho State University

- Manufactured Goods Track: Isabelle Boicourt, Ben Thomsen, and Kade Nyman; The Bee Team, Boise State University

- Technology Products Track: Brad Mosell, Dharma Dr., Boise State University

- Software Track: Christian Perry, Chatterquant, Boise State University

- Trolley House Ventures Award: Brad Mosell, Dharma Dr., Boise State University

- President’s Award: Jenny Anderson, Maggie, Boise State University
Good luck to all of the Idaho college students participating in the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge on Thursday, April 7!

Hosted by Boise State Venture College, the public is invited to attend and support the 24 teams representing Boise State University, College of Western Idaho, University of Idaho, College of Southern Idaho, Idaho State University, The College of Idaho and BYU-Idaho, 4:30 p.m. at JUMP Boise.

https://www.boisestate.edu/iec/
Boise State Venture College helps hundreds of students realize and unlock their entrepreneurial potential, including these four women who are creating positive change.

Sierra Sandison is a mechanical engineering senior with minors in computer science, biomedical engineering, and applied mathematics. Sierra launched her business, 3D Printcess, last spring after going viral on TikTok with some of her 3D printing projects and winning her track in the Idaho Entrepreneurship Challenge, hosted by the Venture College. Through 3D Printcess and her famous slugs, Sierra cultivates a community of inclusivity and love.

Boise State and Venture College alum Allison Corona, founder of Chicana Foods, won the Impact Award and $5,000 by participating in the Trailmix Pitch Competition during Boise Startup Week last October. Chicana Foods’ signature product is salsa macha, inspired by a family recipe and typical of the Veracruz and Oaxaca Mexican states with African influences. A portion of Chicana Foods’ sales are donated to non-profit organizations such as the Stay-In-School Quinceañera Program, which exposes Latinx middle school students to art, literature, and culture. Through Allison's startup, she is able to employ herself, her mother and sister, with potential for growth.

A fall 2021 Venture College Incubator alum, Jenny Anderson is inspired by her own journey from homelessness to six figures. Jenny created Maggie.io to connect women in low-wage jobs to high-paying roles in tech sales - like Girls Who Code but for women in tech sales. Jenny leverages her experience hiring, inspiring, and developing early-career sellers to help women go from poverty to prosperity through job training and placement, ongoing mentorship and community, and financial education.

During her final year as a graduate student in the Boise State School of Social Work, Maggie Benedetti, joined the Venture College to cultivate her idea of starting an outdoor adventure program for teenage girls. “Combining something powerful and educational for women and youth within our community, as well as a passion for the outdoors and introducing girls to those places, that is really where Wild Hearts Idaho was born."

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On January 28, 2022, One Stone Student’s took part in the 5th annual High School Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge hosted by the Boise State Venture College and Teach Idaho. The HSIEC deploys entrepreneurial skills, methods, and tools to high school students throughout the state. This program introduces students to the heart of the Treasure Valley start-up ecosystem and Idaho's entrepreneurial community. One Stone had three teams represented in the HSIEC - Peko Tea (Mac Stockdale and Ty Namik), Karate Flicks Studio (Meghan Fall and Mackenzie Davidson) and S.o.S. Babysitting (Lucy Rodes and Jayden Snow). Big congratulations to Peko Tea for placing 3rd! Also, thank you to the judges, mentors, and Trailhead Boise for your support!
Our Wood Products and Distribution team members in Idaho recently participated in the Hacking for Homebuilding event with Boise State Venture College at Boise State University. This year’s participants were presented with real-world challenges ranging from sustainable construction solutions to jobsite security, and our team helped define problem statements and acted as mentors and judges for the students as they worked on innovative prototypes. Congratulations to this year’s student track winners, the VandalEyes, and public track winners, Flashpoint Building Systems, who each won $10,000 in funding! #WeyerhaeuserGrows https://bit.ly/3oJFrcm
Want to see our community rally around an important issue? #Housing has become critical nationwide and in Idaho. That's why students and construction industry partners are collaborating to come up with solutions! Watch as they pitch their solutions for cash prizes! #BEW2021 is just around the corner. Learn more and register now! http://ow.ly/uzk450GrREx #ventureforward Midwest 1938 Franklin Building Supply Boise State Venture College
BEW with Boise State's Venture College and Institute for Pervasive Cybersecurity, presents the Cybersecurity Entrepreneur Challenge. Interdisciplinary teams from across Idaho will pitch ideas for $$$. You won't want to miss the action! #ventureforward http://ow.ly/gfKp50GrRrZ Boise State Venture College Micron USA
Idaho News 6 highlighted the Boise State Venture College and Institute for Pervasive Cybersecurity's FIRST Cybersecurity Entrepreneur Challenge, starting Oct. 11!
Read the story🔗: boi.st/2Yn9I81!

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Boise State Venture College and the Institute for Pervasive Cybersecurity host the first Cybersecurity Entrepreneur Challenge Oct. 11-18, in partnership by Micron and Boise State University. The competition is open to all higher education students in Idaho.

Participants will choose a problem statement provided by industry partners Micron USA, Idaho Central Credit Union, HERE.COM and PlexTrac, and form interdisciplinary teams to propose solutions. Teams will compete for $30,000+ in cash prizes as they solve cybersecurity challenges. At the same time, they will build a viable venture for themselves and establish helpful connections with mentors and industry leaders.

The Venture College will lead participants through a week-long sprint to test, validate and launch their venture. Teams will work with industry experts, business leaders and mentors who will help them craft their ventures and pitches. The top three finalists will pitch their ideas during Boise Entrepreneur Week beginning on Oct. 18.

Registration is open now and closes at 5 p.m. (Mountain Time) on Sunday, Oct. 10.

Apply: https://boi.st/2Yjr1qa

Problem statements: https://boi.st/3iCNPIz

Event website: https://boi.st/2Yuv1o7
The problem statements for the Cybersecurity Entrepreneurship Challenge are here!

Check out the link below to register before applications close on October 10 @ 5 pm MT!

Higher education students across the state of Idaho will choose a problem statement, as seen in the video, and form interdisciplinary teams to propose a solution to that problem.

The top four teams will pitch for $30,000+ in cash prizes!

Sponsored by Micron Technology, Idaho Central Credit Union, PlexTrac, and Here

Presented in partnership by Boise State Venture College, Boise State College of Innovation + Design, and Institute for Pervasive Cybersecurity

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Link to register: https://linktr.ee/CyberInstitute

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Small business owner alums of the Boise State Venture College are having a great week in local and national media.

Good Morning America featured Boise State School of Social Work alum Maggie Benedetti, founder of Wild Hearts Idaho, and current student Madeline Patterson, who works for the girl-empowered outdoor adventure company.

Benedetti participated in a Venture College incubator in 2016 to gain skills to launch the non-profit organization that builds leadership skills in teen girls, ages 12-18, through outdoor adventure in Idaho.

https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/travel/video/idaho-welcomes-tourists-back-year-79359030
While Micah Johnson was studying his masters in mechanical engineering at Boise State in 2015, he interned at the Idaho National Laboratory where he modeled snow microstructure. Having also lived in Anchorage, Alaska during a record snowfall year with dozens of avalanches, Micah became hooked on solving snow problems. Since then, he's been busy merging his passion for entrepreneurship and snowpacks!

Determined to make recreating in avalanche terrain safer, Micah formed Realtime Adventure Data and joined the Boise State Venture College with the idea of "The Lyte Probe," a smart backcountry ski pole designed to measure avalanche conditions in a matter of seconds! After capturing a snowpack profile, recreationists can share the measurements with their friends on social media, avalanche centers will be able to better communicate the presence of problem layers and their extent, and researchers will be able to study snowpack problems on a common platform.

Micah and his team were awarded a patent for The Lyte Probe in 2019. He is also partnered with Boise State's Department of Geosciences, as well as Montana State University for use of the probe in their indoor snowlab. Ultimately, he hopes this new technology will help cultivate a community that will collaboratively raise the standard of safety across the industry!

Boise State University's innovative Venture College brings select groups of students out of the classroom and into the heart of Idaho’s business community through entrepreneur skills training, workshops, and courses.

Operating as usual

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📰 If you missed yesterday's Venture College newsletter, you can catch-up here: http://ow.ly/EXSm50Jps0l

Read about exciting updates from Mission43 Entrepreneur Course participant, Jessica Estes, who recently launched Lifters Loot. Lifters Loot is a subscription box for sampling snacks and supplements, designed for anyone who loves fitness.

Also, be sure to read about Trailhead Boise's upcoming Boise Pitch Night (next Tuesday, June 7 at 4:30 pm MT) where Boise State University (Boise State University College of Business & Economics) and Venture College Incubator alum, Walkyria Whitlock, will be pitching Playnet App. Playnet is an event-focused social media platform to help you share and discover events with your family and friends.

Boise State Alumni and Friends

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The latest Venture College newsletter is out now! You can find it here: http://ow.ly/UjC250JbpX8

Highlights:
- Adam Stock, Founder of Cargo Made LLC, wins the 2 Minute Drill hosted by David Meltzer
- Meet Fadil Adan, our Social Media + Marketing Intern this past semester through One Refugee
- Read news articles featuring Venture College participants: Allison Corona, Founder of Chicana Foods (BoiseDev + Jake Garcia at Idaho News 6), Christian Perry, Founder of ChatterQuant (Built in Idaho), and Chelsia Neto, Founder of CD Master Center (The College of Idaho)



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EP8 - SEASON 3 05/12/2022

EP8 - SEASON 3

Congratulations to Adam Stock, Founder of Cargo Made-Ez, for winning the 2 Minute Drill pitch competition hosted by David Meltzer.

Adam's episode aired on Bloomberg TV last month, and you can watch his award winning pitch at about 27 minutes and 27 seconds in the link below. Adam competed against four other contestants for $50,000 in cash and prizes.

Adam participated in the Venture College Incubator, and won the 2021 Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge, hosted by Boise State University. This win secured his spot in the 2021 Boise Startup Week pitch competition where he won as well, securing a spot in the 2 Minute Drill pitch competition.

Congratulations on all your achievements, Adam. Looking forward to seeing what's next for Cargo Made LLC.

EP8 - SEASON 3 The 2 Minute Drill features entrepreneurs from all walks of life competing each week for more than $50,000 in cash and prizes. Hosted by Legendary Entrepreneur, Investor, and Best-Selling Author, David Meltzer. Four contestants have just two minutes to deliver their most convincing pitch ever. Wh...

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It's not too late to apply to the Idaho Ignite Summer Workshop!

This program is dedicated to helping faculty, post-doctoral, and graduate students across Idaho advance their ideas.

Apply today to launch your venture beyond the classroom.
http://ow.ly/2j8Y50J5H1c

Presented in partnership by:
Boise State University, Idaho State University, University of Idaho, and Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES)

'Not just for chips': Unique salsa gaining popularity in the Treasure Valley 05/11/2022

'Not just for chips': Unique salsa gaining popularity in the Treasure Valley

Be sure to check out this great story highlighting Chicana Foods and their Salsa Macha. Allison Corona founded Chicana Foods and participated in the Venture College Incubator. If you haven't tried this salsa, Venture College staff highly recommend doing so . . . staff favorites to top with Salsa Macha include:

- Avocado toast
- Egg scramble
- Grilled chicken salad
- Brown rice crackers

Feel free to share your favorites in the comments below!

Story written by: Jake Garcia at Idaho News 6.

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Boise State Alumni and Friends

'Not just for chips': Unique salsa gaining popularity in the Treasure Valley Chicana Foods was started by a group of sisters and their mom just nine months ago, but their Salsa Macha is taking off. Salsa Macha originates from the Veracruz region in Mexico, and while it’s not mainstream there it is gaining popularity in the Gem State. Salsa Macha is not your typical salsa c...

05/09/2022

We’re excited to welcome Harvard Business School Field Immersion’s Team Boise to Boise State University’s Venture College today.

Boise State College of Innovation + Design

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Venture College would like to congratulate Boise State University's class of 2022, including a few of our program participants:

🔹 Isaiah Grover, Founder of Orbis
(Incubator participant, 2022 Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge award recipient, 2021 Hacking for Homebuilding award recipient)
Boise State University College of Business & Economics

🔸 Sierra Sandison, Founder of 3D Printcess
(2021 IEC award recipient and Invent for the Planet award recipient)
Boise State College of Engineering

🔹 Brad Mosell, Founder of Dharma Dr.
(Incubator participant, Hackfort Tech Challenge award recipient, and 2022 IEC award recipient)
Boise State University College of Education

Congratulations, Broncos! We wish you all the best as you embark on this next chapter.

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Did you miss yesterday's Venture College newsletter? Not to worry, you can read it here: http://ow.ly/ifqZ50J0H5w

This edition highlights:
- Idaho Ignite: Entrepreneurship training for researchers
- Carbon Venture Challenge award recipients
- Hackfort Tech Challenge winning teams
- And more!



Boise State University @boisestatecid

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Venture College staff met with career and college counselors from high schools across the Treasure Valley today. We're grateful for the opportunity to share about Venture College programs, including the High School Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge, and discuss ways we can be a resource for Idaho's next generation of entrepreneurs.

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These projects show how North American companies are working to make the world a better place 05/03/2022

These projects show how North American companies are working to make the world a better place

Congratulations to goodbuy for the honorable mention in Fast Company's 2022 World Changing Ideas Awards, honoring companies that are working to make the world a better place.

Venture College would like to congratulate the entire team, including Boise State University & Venture College alum and Social Impact Strategist & Community Engagement Lead at goodbuy, Sienna George.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90742827/world-changing-idea-awards-2022-north-america-finalists-and-honorable-mentions

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These projects show how North American companies are working to make the world a better place See the full list of honorees of Fast Company’s 2022 World Changing Ideas Awards in the North America category.

What’s all the chatter about ChatterQuant? — Built in Idaho 05/03/2022

What’s all the chatter about ChatterQuant? — Built in Idaho

Don't miss this great article about ChatterQuant, the 2022 Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge Final Pitch Competition Winner.

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What’s all the chatter about ChatterQuant? — Built in Idaho by Sharon Fisher

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Join Venture College for a summer program devoted to helping faculty, post-doctoral, and graduate students from universities across Idaho advance their ideas.

Idaho Ignite is open to all faculty members from higher education institutions across Idaho with an entrepreneurial mindset.

This program will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays between June 7 - July 14, and there will be a stipend for program participants.

Applications close on Friday, May 13, 2022. Learn more and apply here: http://ow.ly/ry3150IWato

Idaho Ignite is presented in partnership by: Boise State University, Idaho State University, University of Idaho, and Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES).

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Venture College had a fun day celebrating some of our Incubator participants from the 21-22 school year. Each of these entrepreneurs have set out to do great things, and we're grateful to be part of their entrepreneurial journey!

📈 Ready to launch your venture beyond the classroom? Join us this fall for the Venture College Incubator: http://ow.ly/pCAo50IW9SK

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ChatterQuant
Greater Heights Marketing, LLC

New coalition of construction companies, startups launch Housing Innovation Hub 04/28/2022

New coalition of construction companies, startups launch Housing Innovation Hub

Boise State College of Innovation + Design's Venture College and Boise State College of Engineering are excited to build on the Hacking for Homebuilding reverse pitch competition through the Housing Innovation Hub. The Housing Innovation Hub brings together industry and community leaders to help find innovative solutions to challenges within the construction industry.

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New coalition of construction companies, startups launch Housing Innovation Hub Boise is a major hot spot for America’s housing crisis, but a new organization hopes it can also be the center for solutions. A group of construction supply companies, home builders, Boise State University’s Venture College, and the City of Boise are coming together to form the Housing Innovatio...

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Congratulations to all Carbon Venture Challenge participants in last night's preliminary pitch competition!

Venture College is excited to share that 4 teams will advance to the finals during tomorrow's Students are the Future event, where they will compete for $20,000 in cash prizes. These teams are:

🔹 Composita
🔸 Sun Valley Solar
🔹 Team Efficiency
🔸 Solar-Powered Workshop

While the maximum capacity for the in-person event has been reached, you can stream virtually by filling out this form: http://ow.ly/2vyI50IP3yt

Be sure to tune into this Carbon Summit Series event as industry leaders connect academics and research to climate action and student change-makers.

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Boise State Sustainability Center
US Energy

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Read the latest Venture College newsletter to meet the 2022 Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge award recipients!
📰 Link in bio.

Highlights from this year's IEC include:
🔹 45 student entrepreneurs competed
🔹 7 Idaho universities were represented:
Boise State University, BYU-Idaho, The College of Idaho, College of Southern Idaho, College of Western Idaho, Idaho State University, and University of Idaho
🔹 23 majors/areas of study were represented

Venture College would like to thank the 2022 IEC Sponsors for making this event possible, and inspiring Idaho'Wells [email protected][[email protected][127201707Idaho CommerceI, Wells Fargo, Alturas Capital Partners, IGEM (IdaJUMP Boisee)Hawley Troxelle Ventures, CDI Group of Companies, JUMP Boise, Hawley Troxell, and Stratton & Associates.

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