The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah has announced that registration for the 2023-24 Utah Entrepreneur Challenge is now open. All college students in Utah from participating colleges and universities are welcome to participate in this statewide business-model competition. This year, teams are competing for $100,000 in cash and prizes this year. The registration deadline is Feb. 21, 2024.

The Utah Entrepreneur Challenge is managed by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, a top-10 ranked program at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business, and sponsored by Zions Bank.

The top 20 teams in the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge will be announced on March 4, 2024. These teams advance to compete in the remaining phases of the competition, which include creating a two-minute video, public voting, judging, and a final event on March 23, 2024. Find more dates and deadlines below.

To participate, students can visit the event website to view the online competition guide and apply. Students must submit a written business model.

The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute also hosts a related competition for high school students. The High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge is open to all students in Utah ages 14-18. Teams are competing this year for $30,000 in cash and prizes. The application for this competition is open now until Jan. 16, 2024.

2023-2024 UEC Competition Timeline:

  • Application Opens: Sept. 18, 2023
  • Online Information Sessions: Oct. 16, 2023, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Nov. 20, 2023, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Dec. 18, 2023, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Jan. 8, 2024, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Feb. 12, 2024, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 21, at 11:59 p.m.
  • Online Judging (University of Utah): Feb. 23-March 1, 2024
  • Top 20 Announced: March 4, 2024
  • Top 20 Video Submission Deadline: March 6, 2024, 11:59 p.m.
  • Public Top 20 Video Voting: March 7, 2024, noon to March 22, 2024, 11:59 p.m.
  • Competition Final Event: March 23, 2024

Learn more about the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge at


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