Student Entrepreneurs Line Up for Utah Student 25 Awards Gala

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.

Interested students, sponsors, and schools will find more information at

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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.

Press Contact:

John Pilmer, APR




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