Boise State University student wins Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge

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The future business leaders competed Thursday for a shot at a total of $50,000 in cash prizes. Christian Perry won the contest at Jack’s Urban Meeting Place.

BOISE, Idaho — Boise State University announced that Christian Perry won the top prize at Thursday’s eighth annual Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge 2022 at Jack’s Urban Meeting Place in downtown Boise.

The event is Idaho’s largest entrepreneurship competition for Gem State higher education students. 24 teams of future business leaders competed on Thursday for a total of $50,000 in cash prizes.

Perry won the challenge while representing ChatterQuant – a company offering real-time data, discussion and sentiment monitoring on over 28,000 stocks, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and over 10,000 cryptocurrencies.

Seven Idaho colleges and universities were represented by students in the 2022 Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge. The universities competed for funding, mentorship and recognition of their skills, according to Boise State’s press release.

Venture College at Boise State University launched the annual competition in 2015. The College of Innovation and Design program allows students to learn from experts through pitched ideas for making businesses work.

The winners of the 2022 Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge — including Perry’s first-place finish — are listed below. Contest winners receive funds to continue developing their ideas.

Final Pitch Competition + Software Track Winner:

  • Company: Chatterquant
  • Student: Christian Perry
  • Hometown: Boise
  • School: Boise State University
  • Major: Marketing + Business

Manufactured Goods Track Winner:

  • Company: The Bee Team
  • Students: Isabelle Boicourt (Boise), Ben Thomsen (Inkom, Idaho) and Kade Nyman (Redmond, Oregon)
  • School: Boise State University
  • Major: Engineering

Service Track Winner (Tie) + President’s Award Winner:

  • Company: Maggie
  • Student: Jenny Anderson
  • Hometown: Cookeville, Tenn.
  • School: Boise State University
  • Major: Digital Innovation and Design

Service lane winner (tie):

  • Company: Lower Gear Cycles
  • Student: Ethyn Williams (College of Western Idaho), Luke George (Boise State University) and Emily House (Idaho State University)
  • Hometown: Kuna
  • Major: Commerce

Technology Products Track Winner + Trolley House Ventures Award:

  • Company: Dharma Dr.
  • Student: Brad Mosell
  • Hometown: Boise, ID
  • School: Boise State University
  • Major: Master in Pedagogy

Thursday’s event was the first in-person Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge in two years. The students were judged by business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and venture capitalists, according to Boise State University.

“These students are leading Idaho’s next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators,” said Nic Miller, executive director of Boise State University’s Venture College. “We are so grateful to have a supportive community and look forward to seeing them grow their businesses in Idaho.”

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