2018 Sheridan Start-Up Challenge
Submission Deadline09/14/2018

The Sheridan Start-Up Challenge is a program of the Wyoming Technology Business Center (WTBC) designed to continue cultivation of Sheridan’s entrepreneurial culture.  The Challenge seeks to stimulate the creation of new Wyoming businesses, provides the opportunity to pitch business ideas to a panel of business and community leaders, and provides the opportunity to receive seed funding to move the business from concept stage to development and launch of a business.  All Qualifying Finalists will receive $5,000 and will be eligible to apply for additional seed funds. 

Each Sheridan Start-Up Challenge Finalist will be required to participate in advising and coaching sessions to prepare for the final Qualifying Pitch Day event.  The WTBC will advise on the creation and honing of a viable business concept and compelling pitch.

About the WTBC:  The Sheridan Start-Up Challenge is a program of the WTBC, a UW business development program with business incubators located in Laramie, Casper, and Sheridan. The WTBC is a member of the Business Resource Network and reports to the University of Wyoming Office of Research and Economic Development.  The WTBC provides start-up and early stage business life cycle advising and coaching through experienced staff with backgrounds in varied fields including software, electronic hardware, capital equipment, industrial chemicals and processes, finance, and sales.


The Start-Up Challenge is for new, independent businesses that have the potential for growth. Businesses should be able to sell a product or service outside of Wyoming and still be in the pre-venture, pre-revenue, or initial sales stages.

Generally excluded from consideration are the following: real estate syndications, franchises, and brick and mortar retail.

Eligibility Details:

  • Applicants must be for pre-venture, pre-revenue, or initial sales stage companies.
  • Submissions may be entered by individuals or teams (up to 5 members)
  • Each team may enter only one idea.
  • A single individual cannot be the sole qualifying participant for two teams.
  • Business based in Sheridan County
  • Final approval of eligibility is reserved for the judging committee.
  • The Sheridan Start-Up Challenge has no entry fee.
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