SUU Business Breakthrough Competition

Published: April 03, 2024 | Author: Mary Amateis | Read Time: 2 minutes

Presenter in SUU red at the Business Breakthrough in front of projection screen

The Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business was thrilled to host the business breakthrough competition, formerly known as Opportunity Quest. The competition is a business model-based competition designed to find the most innovative business ideas with a high potential for success. All SUU students with a business of any stage, or an idea for a new business, were welcome to participate.

Prizes were awarded to the top three contestants, as well as a cash prize awarded to any business with recorded sales. The Business Breakthrough competition is made possible by a donation from Zions Bank and is part of a state-wide university entrepreneur competition, the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge.

"The Entrepreneurship Center is the best at giving students opportunities to succeed in the entrepreneurial endeavors," said Spencer Huff, a participant in the competition and owner of his small business Celestial Bags. "This Business Breakthrough competition is a prime example of this. It was a great chance for my business partner and I to win a little bit of money to help propel us towards more sales and success! It was a very fun and engaging environment where we were able to connect with other contestants and judges alike!"

The competition allowed each contestant to present their business in a 90-second pitch, followed by a Q&A session approximately two minutes long. After each contestant presented, participants then rotated through a different room with a different panel of judges and repeated their pitch. This process is repeated twice to accommodate the high number of participants, following which the judges convene to decide placements.

Contestants were awarded as follows:

  • Dippers–Ian & Olivia Small, $1,500
  • CKC Training, Chantel Clark, $1,000
  • INXSON, Brandon Champet, $1,000
  • AdventureYeti, Tim Christiansen, $750
  • Swing Sync, $750
  • Celestial Bags, Spencer Huff, $750
  • Mystery Escape City, Kamrey Leavitt, $750
  • H Bar W Striping, Hayden Williams, $200

Additionally, any student business that entered into the competition and had at least one sale was awarded a $200 participation award.

The Business Breakthrough Challenge, formerly known as Opportunity Quest, is part of the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge, a statewide student-business competition sponsored by Zions Bank. Teams apply from universities across the state to compete for the best student business and chances to win prizes and cash awards.

The Entrepreneurship Center is dedicated to helping students reach their full potential in the business industry through valuable experiences and education. Learn more about the Entrepreneurship Center and future competitions.

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