2019 Winners Announced: We announced the winners of the 2019 competition at the Final Awards & Showcase event on March 30, 2019. Read about the winners here. [Updated 4-8-19]

Compete for $100,000 in Cash and Prizes, $40,000 Grand Prize

Utah Entrepreneur Challenge at the University of UtahThe Utah Entrepreneur Challenge (UEC) is a statewide, student business model competition. Teams from universities across the state compete for the best business model and a chance to win $100,000 in cash and prizes. The grand prize is $40,000. We invite the public and special guests to enjoy the final showcase and awards ceremony in the spring. Participating teams are judged by industry professionals and community experts. In addition to the grand prize, there are also additional prizes granted for best business model, presentation and technology. Many past winners have developed into successful enterprises. The competition is open to all university students in Utah. The program is sponsored by Zions Bank. We also have a high school version of this competition with $20,000 in prizes for those ages 14-18. Learn about the High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge here.

2018-2019 Competition Timeline

  • Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018: Applications open for submission
  • Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019: Application submission deadline, midnight
  • Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, to Monday, Feb. 22, 2019: Online judging
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019: Top 20 announced at noon
  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019: Top 20 video submission deadline, midnight
  • Thursday, March 14, 2019: Live voting for top 20 videos begins
  • Thursday, March 28, 2019: Top 20 PowerPoint submission deadline, midnight
  • Friday, March 29, 2019: Video voting ends at midnight
  • Saturday, March 30, 2019: Final judging and showcase at the University of Utah
    • 8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Pitches and judging at the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building
    • 4-6 p.m.: Public showcase and awards ceremony at Lassonde Studios

UEC 2019 top 20 teams

Here are the top 20 teams in the 2019 Utah Entrepreneur Challenge. These teams will advance to the final showcase and awards event. They are listed in alphabetical order. Learn more about the teams and the competition in this press release:

  • Beacon Sleep Solutions (UofU)
  • Blue and White Collar (UVU)
  • Compost Cache Valley (USU)
  • DeGraw Custom (Snow)
  • Desert Oak Phototherapy (Dixie)
  • Follow-Up (SUU)
  • Freyya (UofU)
  • Grip’n’Strip (SLCC)
  • Guardian (BYU)
  • Insufflex (Weber)
  • Lystant (UofU)
  • NALZA (UofU)
  • PreOv (UofU)
  • Quantum Snow (UofU)
  • Salt Table (Westminster)
  • SHERO (UofU)
  • SmartBeat (USU)
  • Thrive Smart Systems (BYU)
  • True Adherence (BYU)
  • Turbo Wills (BYU)


2019 UEC Final Event

2018 UEC Final Event

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