2017 Palouse Pitch @ IRIC – EOTP Winners Inspire Campers And Community
2017 Palouse Pitch – An Evening To Remember
On the evening of Tuesday, May 23rd, nearly 100 people gathered at the dynamic University of Idaho Integrated Research and Innovation Center. Attendees enjoyed hors d’oeurves and light conversation, followed by speed-pitching sessions with this year’s BTE Bootcamp campers, and the Entrepreneur of the Palouse Awards.
The evening was kicked off with a rousing speech from Mayor of Moscow, Bill Lambert, who spoke about the value of entrepreneurship and his own experience as a small business owner.
Alex Navarro, co-chair of Be The Entrepreneur Bootcamp™, and Jeremy Tamsen, University of Idaho representative with the Palouse Knowledge Corridor™, introduced the event and the IRIC.
After these thoughtful introductions, the speed-pitches began. Described by Navarro as pitching mixed with speed-dating, campers gave condensed versions of the business pitches to attendees comprised of BTE Bootcamp alumni, sponsors, community members, and local business leaders.
After several rounds of pitching their businesses and receiving invaluable feedback from attendees, those in attendance gathered to watch the annual Entrepreneur of the Palouse Awards. Each winner was celebrated with a short video about their organization and a brief acceptance speech.
We celebrated the recipients of the three award categories, with the Non-Profit Organization Award for Friends of Neill Public Library, the Rising Star Award for PACT EMS, and the Business Award for The Storm Cellar.
Non-Profit Organization Award
Rising Star Award
Thank You Sponsors!
All of us on the Be The Entrepreneur Bootcamp and Palouse Knowledge Corridor teams want to thank both the City of Moscow for their generous sponsorship and the University of Idaho Integrated Research and Innovation Center for making this event possible.