Student Entrepreneurs Line Up for Utah Student 25 Awards Gala

October 28, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – October 28, 2009Governor Gary Herbert will join academic and corporate leaders to recognize the Utah Student 25. This inaugural event recognizes the achievements of today’s student entrepreneurs, the businesses they have created, and their economic impact. The black tie optional Awards Gala is scheduled for November 5th at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City to announce this year’s winners. Josh James and John Pestana, co-founders of student-founded tech leader Omniture, will join Steve Gibson and  the Governor as Gala keynote speakers. Though seating is limited in this VIP-only event, select tables are still available for interested sponsors.

“Utah’s economic resilience depends heavily on the state’s entrepreneurial leadership celebrated by the Utah Student 25,” stated Utah Governor Gary Herbert. “We applaud the boldness and vision of these emerging business leaders fostered by our great educational institutions. The seeds planted here hold the economic promise of tomorrow.”

2009 Utah Student 25 finalists include both female and male entrepreneurs from the Brigham Young University, University of Utah, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Weber State, and Westminster College. Their businesses represent a wide spectrum of industries including manufacturing, fitness, healthcare, services, construction, hi-tech, and finance, among others. The top 25 businesses have been selected based on revenue growth and profitability.

The Utah Student 25 is sponsored by: Omniture, Silicon Slopes, Utah CEO, CEO-BYU, BTJD, Grant Thornton, Cornerstone Media,  Compass Outdoor, KeyBank, Utah Fund of Funds, FundingUniverse, Provo Business Development Corporation, Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum, Novell Technology Center, Provo Tech Xelerator, Picture This!, PilmerPR, Bateman IP Law Group, Stephen W. Gibson, Doba, and SignCity.

The November 5th Awards Gala reception will start at 6:30 p.m. with dinner and program to follow at 7 p.m.

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About Utah Student 25

The goal of the Utah Student 25 is to encourage growth and entrepreneurial activities in the state. We help student entrepreneurs get the recognition they need to thrive, as well as provide them with resources to contribute to Utah’s economy and their communities. We create synergy between student business owners and Utah’s renowned entrepreneurial leaders.

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John Pilmer, APR




Some Utah Student 25 Clarity

October 6, 2009

Still curious about what the Utah Student 25 is all about? Let’s break it down.

-Utah Student 25 is an awards competition that recognizes the top student-run businesses in the state of Utah. It is modeled after the INC. 500 list of top privately owned businesses.

-This is the first year of the competition, but it will be an annual event hosted by different Universities and Colleges each year. This year BYU is hosting it.

-Eligible contestants are students attending a College or University in the State of Utah that are at least part owners in their companies that they are currently running. Eligibility requirements can be found here:

-October 12 is the deadline for students to nominate themselves or nominate their friends. Businesses will be judged on growth and profitability. Even the smallest of businesses have a chance.

-The top 25 businesses will be recognized at the Awards Gala Thursday, November 5th, at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake. The top student-run business will receive a billboard on I-15, a cover story in Utah CEO magazine, and the opportunity to meet with the top entrepreneurs and angel investors in the state.

-Current nominated businesses types include: Photography businesses, planner and calendar manufacturer, trash collection services, jewelry dealers, sports training for coaches and players, and web technology developers.

-More information can be found at