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University of Wyoming Casper Start-Up Challenge announces pitch night

Sam Seeton, CEO of Infinite Outdoors (Gregory Hirst, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — IMPACT Casper is thrilled to announce the 2022 Casper Start-Up Challenge pitch night on April 19, 2022 with doors opening at 5:00 p.m. at The Lyric. Six local entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas to a panel of five judges who will decide three winners who will be eligible to apply to a seed fund for working capital.

Sponsors including University of Wyoming, TW Foundation, Advance Casper, First Interstate Bank, Hilltop Bank, and Wyoming Capital Access have given generous amounts to support these companies. “I am very excited about the progress the companies have made in the last few months,” said Director Eric Schlidt. “Each year we see these companies come up with solutions that will hopefully continue to benefit Wyoming and beyond. I can’t wait for Casper to see these companies show their innovative ideas.”

Pitch night features six different companies including:

  • Infinite Outdoors, Sam Seeton: An advanced tech platform to connect private landowners and sportsmen to exclusive hunting and fishing access on a day-rate basis. The IO app also has advanced mapping features to help any outdoorsman better explore and enjoy the outdoors.
  • Guardian Warrior Solutions, Preston Atwood: Flagship item, the Raptor Adaptor, was created to bridge the gap in modularity for an operator’s first-line gear — i.e., gun belt. This allows users to fully customize their MOLLE pouches in a way that has never been allowed before.
  • ACS Juices, Anna Studer: A cold-pressed juice business providing a delicious and convenient way to drink pure fruits and vegetables. Cold-pressed juice is an excellent option for people with busy schedules who want to maintain healthy habits.
  • Deer Creek Arms, Jadon Williams: Simple, durable, and effective firearms solutions. Made in Wyoming, or not at all.
  • Intuitive Surgical Design, Tim Ficken: A medical device and surgical instrument design company. Their goal is to provide simple solutions to procedural complexities.
  • Picture My Story, Audrey Jeans: A complete system equipping photographers to break into the lucrative storybook market. Their business model enables photographers to create and sell custom storybooks that feature their clients’ portraits as the illustrations.

Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. with presentations starting at 5:30 p.m. Each finalist will be given 20 minutes to present and answer questions from the judges. The judging panel includes Justin Farley, CEO Advance Casper; Nicholas Grooms, Shareholder Grooms & Harkins; Mary Doherty, President Wyoming Capital Access; Rachel Chadderdon, Dean of the School of Business and Industry, & Workforce Services at Casper College; and Shawn Houck, CEO Upslope Media.

Following the pitches, IMPACT Casper will host a reception at the Lyric where the three winning teams will be announced. “We will have a $1,500 Audience Choice Award that will be determined 100% by the audience” Schlidt says, “so I encourage everyone to come down and vote for your favorite company and support these entrepreneurs.”

IMPACT 307, a business development program from the University of Wyoming, is a statewide network of innovation-driven business incubators committed to growing and strengthening Wyoming’s entrepreneurial community by providing resources and support for founders to thrive.

For additional questions about entrepreneurial resources that the University of Wyoming and the Business Resource Network offer, please reach out to IMPACT Casper at 307-315-6420 or casper@uwyo.edu.


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