UW’s IMPACT 307 Start-Up Challenge Underway in Goshen County

Published August 03, 2023

The second annual Goshen County Start-Up Challenge is underway to help entrepreneurs advance their business ideas.

Brian Young, assistant director for the University of Wyoming’s IMPACT 307 in central Wyoming, is the point of contact for entrepreneurs who have product or business ideas, as well as for those who need more information about their next steps.

IMPACT 307 is a statewide network of innovation-driven business incubators committed to growing and strengthening Wyoming’s entrepreneurial community by providing resources and support for founders to thrive.

Young, who graduated with a law degree, has over 20 years of experience with companies ranging from startups to global corporations. He has held leadership positions at publicly traded corporate entities and founded several small businesses. His background includes governance, taxation and executive management.

For the second Goshen County Start-Up Challenge, Young once again has partnered with local businesses to create events centered on entrepreneurship. The challenge’s application period began Aug. 1 and runs through Sept. 6.

The template for IMPACT 307’s startup challenges is a three-stage process: an application period; a selection period when the finalists are chosen by a panel; and, finally, a “pitch night” where the finalists present their ideas in front of a panel of judges. The winners receive seed money and, sometimes, an incubator site where they continue to develop their ideas and plans, all free of charge.

Applying for the Goshen County Start-Up Challenge is free and confidential and can be accessed at www.impact307.org/goshen-county-start-up-challenge/.

Young encourages people to reach out to him, even if they are at the very beginning stages of an idea, as he can provide guidance to the entrepreneur through every step of the process.

For more information about IMPACT 307 in Goshen County and its services, email Young at byoung13@uwyo.edu.

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