SALT LAKE CITY— Dental-grade whitening delivered to you door for a few bucks a month? A baby sleeping pad that delivers oxygen at night? How about a subscription-based monthly home maintenance service?
These are just a few of the business ideas from among the 20 finalists of this year's Utah Enrepreneur Challenge. The contest, managed by the University of Utah's Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, winnowed hundreds of entrants from the state's private and public colleges and universities who are competing for $100,000 in cash and prizes.
Beginning March 28, the public can watch online videos (at lassonde.utah.edu/uec/vote2017/) of each proposal and play a role in selecting winners by casting a vote for their favorites.
“We are always impressed by the quality of ideas we see in this competition, and I think we have one of our best groups of finalists ever,” said Troy D’Ambrosio, the executive director at the Lassonde Institute and an assistant dean at the David Eccles School of Business. “Last year, we had a medical device company win with a new way to insert breathing tubes. It will be interesting to see who wins this year.”
Public voting concludes on April 14. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on April 15 following a final round of judging.
— Art Raymond