(Wind River Reservation, WY) – The eight finalists for the 3rd annual Wind River Startup Challenge were announced yesterday, January 21st.
This challenge awards funds to new and emerging Native-owned businesses within the Wind River community.
This year’s available seed funding is $50,000.
Enrolled Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribal Members are eligible to participate in the WRSC, which will wrap up in May 2022 at the Final Pitch Day event. This platform seeks to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Wind River community by supporting entrepreneurs through startup funding.
“This is a rare opportunity for local entrepreneurs to receive startup funding that is debt-free,” says Meghan Kerley, business counselor for IMPACT-Laramie. “Many of the past winners applied with an interesting idea they wanted to develop, and they were able to win between $1,000 to $10,000 in funding.”
The WRSC will follow similar regional challenges, in which participants receive free advising for their businesses along with one-on-one support in preparation for the Final Pitch Day event.