A regional entrepreneurship opportunity to distribute thousands of dollars to Native-owned startups, called the Wind River Startup Challenge, has nine finalists out of over 20 applications from Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone entrepreneurs. They will advance to the Final Pitch Day scheduled in May.

Veronica Donahue, and intern at the Wyoming Technology Business Center(WTBC) at the University of Wyoming, stated the following in an article from the college, “We were pleased with the number of compelling applications we received during the first year of this program. The judges were impressed with the amount of community-focused ideas.”

Wyoming EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research), the WTBC, the Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network, Central Wyoming College and UW’s High Plains American Indian Research Institute support the Wind River Startup Challenge.

These partners will be coaching, mentoring and encouraging entrepreneurs through Final Pitch Day.

For the full article and the list of finalists, follow the link here.