Utah Student 25 goes Back to School

September 24, 2009



Utah Student 25 Seeks Top Student-Founded Businesses in Back to School Crowd

PROVO, UTAH – September 25, 2009– Utah Student 25 ( www.utahstudent25.com ) is accepting nominations for the top student-founded businesses in the State as universities and colleges across Utah have begun the new semester.

Utah Student 25 is an awards program that recognizes successful businesses that are started and  run by students at the college and university levels. Businesses are judged on revenue growth and profitability. Applications and nominations are now being accepted online at www.UtahStudent25.com

Student-entrepreneurs spent their summer break growing and maintaining their start-up businesses as opposed to using it as vacation time. Different from student business plan competitions around the state, Utah Student 25 recognizes companies that are making revenue and creating jobs.

“I’m thrilled that Westminster College is participating in the UtahStudent 25 where we can recognize students who are pursuing their degree and operating their own business at the same time,” said Linda Muir, associate director of the Institute for New Enterprise, Westminster College. “The Utah Student 25 provides the platform to recognize such outstanding entrepreneurial leaders who are our economic engines of the future.”

 Many of Utah’s greatest companies were born because of student entrepreneurs including Utah Student 25 co-sponsor, Omniture. Ten years after it’s inception by student entrepreneur, Josh James, Omniture has grown into a leading global provider of online business optimization software.

“Student entrepreneurs are the future of our economy,” states Brock Blake, CEO of event co-sponsor FundingUniverse. “A significant percentage of the venture funding requests we receive come from student founded business. We are pleased to see these visionary students recognized.”

Schools already participating in the competition include University of Utah, Utah Valley University, Weber State, Westminster College, Southern Utah University, Salt Lake Community College, Brigham Young University, LDS Business College and Utah State University. Other schools are encouraged to participate. The Awards Gala is scheduled for Thursday, November 5th at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City to recognize and announce the winners. Nominations submission deadline is October 12.

Find eligibility requirements here: http://utah25.siliconslopes.com/application

See success stories at:  https://utahstudent25.wordpress.com  


John Pilmer





Glowspin has a new take on Calendars

September 15, 2009

Tyler Newton recieved an advertising calendar in the mail and saw room for improvement. So he started a company and named it Glowspin.
“I saw the calendar and thought that I could do a couple things different if I made one.” Newton said.
Newton, who is a Finance major at BYU, created an advertising calendar directed at students. “I have a student’s mindset, so I made an ad calendar that had students in mind.” Newton said.
So, Newton and a couple of friends went out and sold advertising space and coupon space to various businesses in the Orem/Provo area including BYU, UVU, Carl’s JR., Trafalga and Seven Peaks.
Then Newton and his coworkers designed, printed and distributed their student ad-calendar to 9,000 student apartments in the Orem/Provo area.
Most companies that used the calendar found it beneficial, while some found it too beneficial.
“We actually had some companies not use us again because they couldn’t handle all of the customers that came in to the store.” Newton said.
Now Newton is trying to perfect all the aspects of being a business owner. “I’m trying to learn more about designing and advertising while still pinching the pennies.”

to learn more email tyler@glowspin.com