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





Student Entrepreneur Resources

August 3, 2009

Here are some resources that can help student entrepreneurs start their own business or help grow their current business:


www.cedo.org  The Commission for Economic Development in Orem is a non-profit organization that serves as an advocate for businesses. They have multiple resources including business plan writing assistance, small-business incubator, and a revolving loan fund.

www.uvef.net  The Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum is a volunteer non-profit support group connecting entrepreneurs to money, markets and mentors. It’s mission is to provide effective tools and create synergy between members and business experts.

www.mwcn.org The Mountain West Capital Network is a networking organization that supports entrepreneurial success through educating and mentoring excellence, fostering the flow of information about capital formation, and recognizing and rewarding performance.

www.growutahventures.com Grow Utah Ventures is directly involved in assisting a number of early-stage Utah businesses in obtaining financial resources and achieving their revenue goals.

www.fundinguniverse.com  FundingUniverse will analyze your companies financial needs and determine the best way for you to fund your business.

http://uvu.edu/sbdc/  The Orem Small Business Development Center offers classes and workshops to help entrepreneurs get started in business, and to help small businesses grow from one level to the next.



Utah Student 25 Launch News

July 3, 2009

For Immediate Release

Utah Student 25 to Recognize the Success of Student-Founded Businesses

PROVO, Utah – July 3, 2009Academic and corporate leaders met this past week to launch the Utah Student 25—an awards program designed to recognize and celebrate the achievements of today’s student entrepreneurs, the businesses they have created, and their economic impact. Hosted at Snowbird, the kick-off event outlined the awards program, nomination process and selection criteria, and was attended by the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University, Weber State, and Westminster College. The Utah Student 25 will recognize the top 25 student-founded business in the State based on revenue growth and profitability.

The program was conceived by the BYU Chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization. This group helps students in developing new ideas and writing business plans, while bringing together the resources, access to capital, networking and mentoring necessary to enable students to successfully launch and manage entrepreneurial ventures.

“Exciting student-founded businesses are popping up all around us,” states John Richards, associate director of the BYU Center for Entrepreneurship. “The Utah Student 25 list of top student entrepreneurial start-ups will reveal the emerging leaders of tomorrow’s industry.”

Applications for the Utah Student 25 are now being accepted through October 12th, 2009. Applications can be made at www.UtahStudent25.com. A black tie optional Awards Gala is scheduled for November 5th at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City to recognize and announce the winners.

The Utah Student 25 is sponsored by: Omniture, Silicon Slopes, Utah CEO, Cornerstone Media, Compass Outdoor, BTJD, Grant Thornton, Utah Fund of Funds, Funding Universe, Picture This, and PilmerPR.

Interested students, sponsors, and schools will find more information at www.UtahStudent25.com

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Join the conversation on our Blog: https://utahstudent25.wordpress.com or Twitter: @utstudent25

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