With a goal of stimulating entrepreneurship at Idaho’s colleges and universities, Zions Bank and the Boise State Center for Entrepreneurship have launched the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge, a series of workshops and events culminating in a statewide business competition with over $150,000 in prizes. All colleges and universities in the Gem State are invited to participate. “While all student participants will develop the skills needed to launch new businesses, financial support, in the form of prize money and other resources, will help turn a few of these business concepts and product prototypes into new businesses,” said Zions Bank President and CEO Scott Anderson, who announced the new program. “We believe this program will not only contribute to the success of the individual businesses, but will provide economic development to the state of Idaho.” The Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge will be comprised of events beginning this fall with workshops, and culminating in the spring with a state-wide business plan competition. Participating schools will receive support for student participation.
Management Department Lecturer Cheryl Larabee (left) and Parma High School Instructor Stephanie Windle (right) team up to start the concurrent enrollment program for GENBUS 101 Business for the New Generation. In this program, high school students from Parma take business-related courses over several years to get college credit for GENBUS 101. Cheryl will consult with Stephanie concerning the progress of the high school business courses she teaches.