Boise Entrepreneur Week Recap

$105k Awarded to Venture College Participants

Last Friday, October 22, wrapped up a very exciting Boise Entrepreneur Week (BEW)! Venture College wants to congratulate all pitch participants, guest speakers, moderators, event staff, and Co-Chairs, Tiam Rastegar (Trailhead Boise) and Nick Crabbs (Vynyl), for an incredible week. We would also like to thank all the sponsors for making this possible, and for encouraging entrepreneurs across Idaho to follow their dreams.

Venture College is excited to share that $105,000 of the $140,000 in cash prizes awarded at BEW went to current and past Venture College program participants! This includes: Venture College Incubator, Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge, Hacking for Homebuilding, and Cybersecurity Entrepreneur Challenge participants. 

Continue reading to learn about these teams and their ventures!

Cargo Made Ez
Founded by Adam Stock

Boise Entrepreneur Week Pitch Competition Winner
Congratulations to Adam Stock, Founder of Cargo Made Ez, for winning the 2021 Boise Entrepreneur Week Pitch Competition! Adam won $25,000 in non-dilutive prize money, and automatically qualified to participate in the third season finals of 2 Minute Drill!

Cargo Made Ez designs and builds motorized tiedown strap systems for professionals with flatbed and small trucks, by using high torque motors and Kevlar straps.

Adam is studying mechanical engineering at Brigham Young University-Idaho, and participated in the Spring 2021 Venture College Incubator. He won the 2021 Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge, which secured his spot in this year's BEW Pitch Competition. 

Adam has always dreamed of becoming a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur, with the goal of "building something to help make people's lives better, and even more so, as a business owner, to hire, influence, and give back to the community."

"Having won the IEC competition was a dream come true . . . the money from the competition was great and a blessing, but almost more valuable were the classes the Venture College offered. I knew I had a good idea but I had no idea how to take it to market. The Venture College helped me take that idea from my head, to paper, to product, to production . . .  I'm so grateful for the Venture College, IEC, BEW and Boise community for all of their help, coaching, and encouragement to have turned my childhood dream into a reality!"

Adam Stock, Cargo Made Ez

Founded by Jenny Anderson

Tied for Runner-Up in the BEW Pitch Competition
Congratulations to Jenny Anderson, Founder of Maggie, who tied for second place in the BEW Pitch Competition.

Jenny is a current Venture College Incubator participant and Boise State University student studying business administration, management, and operations.

Maggie is an organization focused on helping women and their families become financially secure by getting them into roles in tech sales.
Chicana Foods
Founded by Allison Corona

Trailmix Pitch Competition Impact Award Winner
Congratulations to Allison Corona for winning the Impact Award, presented by Scoggin Capital, in the 2021 Trailmix Pitch Competition.

Allison Corona, Founder of Chicana Foods, is a Boise State University alum who double majored in Spanish Language + Literature, and in Fine Arts with a photography emphasis. Allison completed the Fall 2020 Venture College Incubator.
Chicana Foods' salsa macha is a surprising blend of rich, nutty, spicy, flavor with the perfect touch of smoke. Salsa Macha is typical of the Veracruz and Oaxaca Mexican states with African influences. Chicana Foods' recipe was developed by Allison's aunt in Mexico, and refined here in their kitchen in Boise, Idaho.

Head to Chicana Foods' website to try this amazing Salsa Macha!
Cybersecurity Entrepreneur Challenge
presented in partnership by Micron and Boise State University

Meet the Winning Teams
TAC Security
First Place: $12,000

Cameron White (CWI), Alexander Mitchell (CWI) + Tatum Jones (BSU)

TAC Security won first place after pitching their platform that blends physical security with cybersecurity tools into a real time threat management system. 

Cameron, Tatum and Alexander met just a little over a week before the final pitch competition. In a short amount of time, they found a solution to a cybersecurity challenge critical to industry growth, formed their solution into a venture, and pitched their idea to win the Cybersecurity Entrepreneur Challenge!
Cyber Shield Elite
First Runner-Up: $8,000
Sara Hoyt, Robert E. Wiley Jr., Dallin Baird + Elizabeth Kahn (BSU)

Tied for Second Runner-Up: $5,000
Devonne Busoy + Robert Kinney (BSU)

Tied for Second Runner-Up: $5,000
Landon Barney (U of I), Jesse Rasaka (U of I) + Gabriel Taylor (BYU-Idaho)
Hacking for Homebuilding
Public Track

Meet the Winning Teams
Flashpoint Building Systems
First Place: $10,000

Nick Stoppello + Pat Churchman

Congratulations to Flashpoint Building Systems for winning first place in the Hacking for Homebuilding Public Track!

Nick Stoppello and Pat Churchman founded Flashpoint Building Systems to streamline the way you build. Flashpoint Building Systems combines plan drawings from multiple disciplines and makes them easily available on a real world scale. Using their patent-pending process, Nick and Pat laser etch building information directly onto the subfloor of your building, giving you everything you need to skip the layout process and begin vertical construction the same-day.
Runner-Up: $7,000
Gabriel Blanchet, Paul Hlatky, James Spearing, Kati Gullick + Lucas Jaramillo
CrewNotes by Beta Canon
Second Runner-Up: $3,000
Dom Ramirez, Karen Kohtz, Dustin Jones + Michelle Helderman
Hacking for Homebuilding
Student Track

Meet the Winning Teams
First Place: $10,000

Tais Mitchell, Jason Talford, Mallory Buscemi, Joseph Sedillo + Andrew Miller (U of I)

Congratulations to University of Idaho's VandalEyes for winning the student track in this year's Hacking for Homebuilding pitch competition!

In two short weeks, VandalEyes developed a multi-pronged solution to theft and vandalization of equipment trailers. VandalEyes' solution includes a security kit installation, monitoring app, and centralized system designed for trailers with GPS and cellular monitoring capabilities.
Runner-Up: $7,000
Isaiah Grover (BSU)
NeighborWood Surplus
Second Runner-Up: $3,000
Landon Barney + Jesse Rasaka (U of I)

Congratulations to all Boise Entrepreneur Week participants! The future of Idaho's entrepreneurial ecosystem is bright, and Venture College can't wait to see what's next for all teams.

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Job Opportunities, Events + Resources

Undergraduate Research + Creative Activities Grant (URCA)
Applications due: November 19

Are you engaged in undergraduate research and/or creative activities? Will additional funding help move your ideas forward?

The URCA Grants provides undergraduate students with a $1,500 stipend to support their research and creative projects. This financial support may be used to cover personal expenses, purchase needed equipment, software, and supplies, or to pay for registration and travel expenses to a conference. Learn more and apply here.

November 3 from 10 am - 2 pm MT
TechGirlz is a hands-on tech conference for junior high girls. In a non-COVID year, this would be a day-long in-person event with hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In 2021, this event is a 4 hour interactive experience. Our vision is to create a world where girls have a lifelong passion and confidence in their use of technology throughout their careers. Join us in inspiring girls to explore the possibilities of technology and empower their future careers.

This event is free, and open to 6th-8th graders. Learn more and register here.
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