Boise State University’s Venture College, in collaboration with Boise Entrepreneur Week (BEW), recently held its annual competition event, featuring the Hacking for Homebuilding, Scrap to Sculpture and Cybersecurity Entrepreneur Challenge Mini-Pitch reverse pitch competitions. The event awarded more than $16,500 in cash prizes.
In partnership with Boise State’s College of Engineering, Hacking for Homebuilding is a statewide competition aimed at addressing construction industry challenges. Participants chose a problem statement from industry partners and worked with mentors and industry leaders to propose innovative solutions.
The 2023 Hacking for Homebuilding was sponsored by Franklin Building Supply, Boise Cascade, Masonite, Rugby Architectural Building Products, the Azek Company, Orepac, HUB International, J.M. Thomas Forest Products, Big D Builders, Inc., Trimco Millwork, Tamarack Grove Engineering, Therma Tru Doors, and Mokelumne River Forest Products.
In partnership with Franklin Building Supply and Boise State College of Arts and Sciences, students created sculptures using leftover materials from the FBS lumber yard. The sculptures focused on creativity, originality and craftsmanship.
Presented in partnership with Boise State’s Institute of Pervasive Cybersecurity, this challenge featured two competitions: A Mini-Pitch in the Fall and a larger competition in the Spring. Students with cyber solutions competed for $1,500 in cash prizes during the in-person Mini-Pitch.
The 2023 Cybersecurity Entrepreneur Challenge was sponsored by Clearwater Analytics and Boise State University.
Students who participated in the Mini Pitch Competition are encouraged to continue developing their ideas and return for the spring competition, which is open to all higher education students interested in solving cybersecurity problems from industry leaders.