307 Startup Challenge Opens for Wyoming Blockchain Stampede and Wyobuildathon

Published September 01, 2023

New blockchain businesses will compete in the 307 Startup Challenge Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Wyoming Blockchain Stampede and Wyobuildathon.

The Wyoming Blockchain Stampede is presented by the University of Wyoming Center for Blockchain and Digital Innovation (CBDI) Sept. 11-15. Registration for the event is free at www.uwyo.edu/stampede. Rules and the entry form for the 307 Startup Challenge can be found at https://uwyo.startuptree.co.

The 307 Startup Challenge is for new, independent Wyoming blockchain and digital asset businesses in the seed, startup or early-growth stages that are focused on technology and/or innovation. Generally excluded are the following: buyouts; expansions of existing companies; real estate syndications; franchises; online retail; brick and mortar retail; licensing agreements for distribution in a different geographical area; and spinouts from existing corporations.

All teams must use a Lean Launchpad-based pitch deck and present this information in a seven-minute presentation, followed by a brief question period, to the judging panel Sept. 13. Applicants are “strongly encouraged” to use the IMPACT 307 business model guidance document, which outlines the Lean Launchpad process, in addition to the competition rules document.

“The 307 Startup Challenge helps connect what we are doing at the University of Wyoming and the groundbreaking digital asset laws that the Wyoming Legislature has approved in recent years,” says Steve Lupien, CBDI director.

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

Input Output Global is the title sponsor for the Wyoming Blockchain Stampede. Event sponsors are Microsoft, Custodia Bank, Crypto.com, Ava Labs and Americans for Prosperity/Wyoming. UW partners are the School of Computing; Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; School of Energy Resources; the colleges of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Business, and Agriculture, Life Sciences and Natural Resources; the Associated Students of UW; and IMPACT 307.

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