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$50K awarded to Native entrepreneurs at 2023 Wind River Startup Challenge Pitch Day

May 17, 2023

“This year’s participants have received business counseling and mentorship through the program for the past few months after finding out they secured a finalist spot, and the overwhelming sense of communal support between each business was palpable Tuesday evening as each team cheered for each other during the pitches and when the final awards were announced.”

Pitch Day Upcoming for Wind River Start-up Challenge

May 12, 2023

Native entrepreneurs from the Wind River Indian Reservation have been working for six months to bring their business ideas to life. Support these business leaders on Tuesday, May 16, at 5 p.m. for the 2023 Wind River Startup Challenge (WRSC) Pitch Day as they present their business ideas for an opportunity to receive seed funding up to $20,000. Pitch Day will be held at the Frank B. Wise Business Center in Fort Washakie with free food and past winners set up selling their goods and services. 

Wind River Startup Challenge Launched by UW

January 15, 2020

The University of Wyoming launched the Wind River Startup Challenge this month, giving tribal member entrepreneurs the opportunity to receive funding to start businesses.

University of Wyoming Works with Partners to Establish Arapaho Language School

November 12, 2019

As part of their land-grant mission to serve the entire Wyoming community, UW also established other partnership programs with the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Rush says these partnerships are needed “to establish mutual respect and understanding between a culture that’s been dominant for a long time and a culture that has traditions and values that everybody should understand and practice.”

Native American Partnerships Grow at UW

September 10, 2019 (Photo Courtesy of UW)

The Wind River Indian Reservation and the University of Wyoming are growing partnerships across the board – from education and research to economic development – and it’s all having a positive effect on UW’s American Indian enrollment.

Startup competition to give Indigenous entrepreneurs chance to get business ideas off the ground

August 15, 2019 (Photo Courtesy of Josh Galemore, Start Tribune)

A new competition could net Wind River entrepreneurs thousands of dollars and guidance to help launch a business while encouraging economic development on the reservation.

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