Newsletter: Wyoming startup contests are spreading, growing

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The State of Wyoming's Economic Development Agency   l   March 6, 2017

Wyoming startup contests are
spreading, growing

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Wyoming is going through a competitive streak.

It started 16 years ago with the John P. Ellbogen $10K Competition.

Each year, a handful of University of Wyoming students would pitch their ideas for businesses. Semi-finalists received personal mentorship from business experts. The winners would split the cash prize, which was used to try and take the startup to initial sales and beyond.

“In addition to an academic exercise for the students, we treated it as a pipeline for client companies,” said John Dick, director for the Sheridan area Wyoming Technology Business Center incubator.

Startups aren’t for the timid. Most ideas failed. Some, like FireWise Forest Management (now TigerTree Land Management), Rave Nation and 7200 Ft. Productions have found a niche. Other startups, like Glycobac, are nurturing their firms in the Wyoming Technology Business Center’s incubator system. The Technology Business Center is a partner of the Wyoming Business Council, the state’s economic development agency.

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Powell Makerspace matches
inventors with tech tools

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The old home economics cottage across from Powell Middle School still includes a commercial kitchen and industrial sewing machines, but the crafts of the past now share space with robots, lasers and 3D printers.

Visitors are greeted by the humming and whirring of 3D printers, which emanate the faint smell of heated plastic as they spit out thin strands of filament.

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Across the room drifts the soft buzz of golf ball-sized robot cars. Red and blue bulbs flash inside their clear plastic domes as they drive paths drawn in black Sharpie, reversing course or speeding up based on directions provided by colored strips of paper.

Some days feature the clatter of sewing machines or the scratch of a laser zipping back and forth across a sheet of plywood. Sometimes the smell of delicious food and desserts waft from the kitchen.

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Business Council board to meet in Casper

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The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors will consider six Business Ready Community (BRC) grant requests during its March 9 meeting beginning at 8 a.m. in the Casper College Gateway Center.

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Towns invited to apply for downtown training

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Wyoming Main Street is one of five state programs recently selected to host a free training session provided by two nationally-renowned downtown advocacy organizations.

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Take part in the ENDOW initiative

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What’s your vision for a prosperous Wyoming? Gov. Matt Mead seeks public input on the Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming (ENDOW) initiative. Through this survey, the Governor is also soliciting nominations of individuals interested in serving the initiative in some capacity.

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Calendar

March 9
Business Council Board Meeting, Casper

March 15
Financial Forecasting for the Small Business, Gillette

March 16
Financial Forecasting for the Small Business, Casper

April 4
Brownfield Workshop, Cheyenne

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