(Gregory Hirst, Oil City)

IMPACT 307, a business development program of the University of Wyoming with business incubators in Laramie, Casper, and Sheridan, looks to build upon the previous successes with the Casper Start-Up Challenge’s sixth year of applications with the final week of applications.

“IMPACT Casper is excited about the companies we worked with this past year and they are continuing to gain momentum,” says Eric Schlidt, director of IMPACT Casper. “There has never been a better time to start an innovative business and we have seen the entrepreneurs come forward with some great ideas so far.”

Like the previous year’s challenge, the 2022 competition will have a $50,000 seed fund to help early-stage entrepreneurial companies launch. “In our experience assisting start-ups in Wyoming, oftentimes the first barrier entrepreneurs have to cross is a small amount of money to get them going,” Schlidt continued. “Most of the time this is between $20,000 – $25,000.” In addition to the seed funding, winning companies will receive office space in the IMPACT Casper facility for a year.

Registration for this year’s challenge will be closing on February 16 at midnight, so interested parties will need to move quickly. The application process is free and simple. Those selected as semi-finalists will be notified February 17 and 18 and move forward with first-round interviews on March 2. The judges will then narrow the field to five finalists who will work with IMPACT Casper team members on their final pitch, which will take place on April 19 and where the judges will select three winners.

For more information on the Casper Start-Up challenge, please contact IMPACT Casper at 307-315-6401 or casper@uwyo.edu.

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