Utah Entrepreneurs Win Over $120,000

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Hopeful entrepreneurs hold the ceremonial giant check granted to the winners of this month's Lassonde Get Seeded event. Students learned how to pitch business ideas and get funded as Snow College students. Photo by Miranda Palsson

Hopeful entrepreneurs hold the ceremonial giant check granted to the winners of this month’s Lassonde Get Seeded event. Students learned how to pitch business ideas and get funded as Snow College students. Photo by Miranda Palsson

Despite hellacious rain and horrific delays, eleven Snow College students made it to The University of Utah to watch Get Seeded, an event focused on giving students opportunities to start their own businesses.

Hosted at the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at The U, the event Get Seeded has been around since 2012. Managing director, Scott Hoopes, said they started the event originally to get students patents, and morphed into helping young entrepreneurs across the state of Utah reach milestone after milestone during the process of starting a business.

The event is held monthly, where seven different groups of students pitch their business ideas in hopes of receiving a grant to fund their research, production, or market research of their product. Five groups receive funding each month based on the votes of an audience. Zion’s Bank is the major contributor to these grants, having funded over $122,485 to 75 different student-started businesses since 2012.

Although the event is held at The University of Utah, college and university students from all across the state are encouraged to participate. One Snow College student, Austin Francis, won the Opportunity Quest event during the Snow College Entrepreneurship Week last November, securing a spot in the Get Seeded final event.

Snow College professor, Joshua Hales, has high hopes for Snow students who want to start their own business. When asked why he wanted to take time out of his day to drive students up to this event, he said, “This is another avenue for Snow College student entrepreneurs.” As an entrepreneur himself, Professor Hales sees the value in having money, mentors, and the means to start a business.

Dakota Holdaway, a Snow sophomore who attended the event, said that the event “inspires me to see that if those students can develop and start a business while in school then I can too. The Lassonde Institute [gives] grants to help start the businesses.”

More information about how to register for the event can be found online through the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute’s website.

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Miranda Palsson

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Miranda Palsson has lived in Alpine, Utah for the majority of her life. She is majoring in Public Relations. When Miranda finishes her Associate degree at Snow College, Miranda plans to transfer to Utah Valley University to complete her Masters degree in Public Relations as well as get her certification as a Financial Planner. At Snow College, Miranda is an editor and writer for the Snowdrift, the school newspaper.
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