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Welcome to the 2017-2018 Fisher Innovation Challenge (FIC). We appreciate your interest in participating in this year’s event, hosted by the Wyoming Technology Business Center (WTBC) in partnership with the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS). The FIC is a technology product and innovation competition.
The Fisher Innovation Challenge launched in the Spring of 2016 and is supported through the generous financial gift of Mr. Donne Fisher, matched by the University of Wyoming Office of Research and Economic Development. The FIC seeks to catalyze Wyoming technology start-up businesses and provide the opportunity to apply for seed money to take the business past concept stage and into real-world first article builds and initial sales. The competition will identify finalists who will be eligible to apply to a $100,000 seed fund.
The FIC is for new, independent businesses in the seed, start‐up, or early growth stages that are focused on technology and/or innovation. Generally excluded are the following: buy-outs, expansions of existing companies, real estate syndications, franchises, online retail, brick and mortar retail, licensing agreements for distribution in a different geographical area, and spin-outs from existing corporations. Licensing technologies from University of Wyoming research labs is encouraged, assuming they have not been commercialized previously.
In all cases, WTBC recommends at least a preliminary meeting with a WTBC staff member prior to the application deadline. Overall, counsel from WTBC or outside advisors is strongly advised throughout the process of the FIC.
The FIC is for student-created and -managed ventures, including new ventures launched by licensing university technology.
Students are expected to: