OGDEN — A Weber State University student is one of 10 finalists selected for the Outdoor Weber pitch contest, sponsored by Camping World Holdings.
The contest, hosted by WSU’s Hall Global Entrepreneurship Center, invited students worldwide to create videos pitching outdoor-related business ideas for a chance to win $30,000 cash prize and one-on-one mentoring from entrepreneurship experts. The public’s popular vote online determined the top 25 competitors, and a panel of judges selected the 10 finalists.
Colton Mouritsen hopes to create a mobile application to help users locate spots where wildlife has been seen. Users could capture photos with their smartphones and attach them to a map to pinpoint the sightings.Comment on this story
The next phase of the competition is a three-day retreat to Snowbasin, Wolf Creek and Powder Mountain resorts in the Ogden Valley March 22-24. Finalists will have opportunities to work with world-renowned experts to improve their business plans. They will make final presentations to a panel of judges at Ogden’s Union Station on March 23 at 3 p.m. The winning idea will be announced that evening.
Marcus Lemonis, chairman of Camping World Holdings and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” will give the keynote speech following the final presentations at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend the speech, though registration is required to reserve a seat. Registration will open to the public after March 12.
A total of 80 contestants, including entrants from Canada and 13 U.S. states, submitted 90-second videos of themselves pitching their business plans.