UW’s Casper Start-Up Challenge Announces Finalists

Kyle Petrie, in front, and Eric Nundorf walk through some of the raw supply of reclaimed barn wood recently at their new Barnwood Bros. shop in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Finalists have been announced for UW”s Casper Start-Up Challenge.

The Wyoming Technology Business Center (WTBC), a business development program of the University of Wyoming with business incubators in Laramie, Casper, and Sheridan is continuing to build upon the successes of their Casper Start-Up Challenge with a third year of the competition and another $50,000 fund to seed Casper.

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“Every year the applicants to the Startup Challenge get better and better.” says Jerad Stack, director of the Casper Area WTBC. “Just narrowing down to our 10 semi-finalists was difficult, and we are really excited to introduce the community to our 5 finalists.”

The finalists businesses and entrepreneurs for the 2018 Casper Start-Up Challenge are: Barnwood Bros (Adam Jackson), 307 Kitchen (Jamie Purcell & Cassandra Baker), Livestock Wx (Chad McNutt), Simple Injection (Matt Kull), and Wyoming Gear Builders (Cameron Siplon.)

Charles Walsh, CEO of Casper Area Economic Development Alliance / Forward Casper, who served as one of the Judges for the Startup Challenge added “The energy, passion, and commitment demonstrated by all the semifinalists was infectious! Casper clearly has the entrepreneurial spirit, ideas and motivation to diversify the local economy if given the chance.”

These finalists will now work with WTBC staff and mentors from the community to develop their businesses over the next two months, culminating in a final pitch day held November 15th at The Lyric. Three winners will be selected by a panel of judges, each will receive $5,000, one year of free rent at the WTBC and be eligible to apply to the $50,000 seed fund. Pitch day is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to come and support these entrepreneurs.

The Casper Start-Up Challenge is made possible thanks to sponsorship from; CAEDA/Forward Casper, John P. Ellbogen Foundation, Oil City News, First Interstate Bank and WIDC Frontier CDC.