The students in Utah have great ideas, and this is a fantastic opportunity to have their ideas heard on a deep and engaging level.
Entrepreneurship is an essential part of the American economy and to have the opportunity to start and grow businesses out of the school would benefit the school, valley, and even the state. We encourage all students to participate if they have an idea that can become a viable business, whether it be individually or as a team. The Invest Nest will be separated into three different phases:
An optional pairing of students to a coach will be available. An event will be held in which students will pitch their ideas (no more than 1-2 minutes) to our coaches.
Students will be required to submit an application and once the application is reviewed and approved, students who have been approved will present their business to our group of investors.
The investors, directly after Invest Nest, will choose the top presentations, based solely on content and presentation, not whether or not the student received an investment.
2018 Winner – Faith Fitzgerald’s Story, “Since I had the opportunity of doing Investnest, my business has expanded so much! I grew from just mule tape halters to adding leather work and am now able to make custom saddles! I wouldn’t be where I am today without Invest nest!”
2020 Winner – Ashlyn Frost’s Story, “Invest Nest first and foremost helped me to believe in myself. With the $10,000 dollars I won and lessons I learned, I’ve written 3 more children’s books for my series. And now I’m working on taking those books and mass printing them for online sales! I wouldn’t be where I am today without Investnest.
2021 Winner – Katherine Smoot’s Story, “With the $10,000 I won I invested into camera equipment like lenses and a drone! With some of it I’ve gone on trips with photographers to learn from them to further my skill. I’m currently saving the rest, but it’s helped to invest in equipment and classes I normally wouldn’t be able to afford for months. I wouldn’t be where I am in my business without having the Investnests’ support!!”
Many students will not have knowledge about how to prepare a business plan or start their business. Because of this, an optional pairing of students to a coach will be available. An event will be held in which students will give an elevator pitch about their ideas (no more than 1 minute in length) to our coaches. Watch the video below to learn more about elevator pitches. The coaches will select whom they would like to work with. Once paired with a coach, they will work with the coach on their own time, at their own discretion, doing as little or as much as needed.
Applications for the event are below, and the event will be held on January 27th at the Wasatch CAPS Facility: based on the first floor of the Utah Valley University (UVU) Wasatch Campus in Heber City, Utah. The address for the campus is 3111 College Way, Heber City, UT 84032. You are welcome to bring a video of your elevator pitch to the event. If you cannot make the event, you are also welcome to email a video to firstname.lastname@example.org to help our investors get you paired more effectively. Videos will be accepted at any time throughout the next couple of months.
We understand that not all students who wish to participate in Invest Nest will be able to make this event. Because of this, students can still work with our mentors whenever they can. A list of mentors and their emails is provided below. Feel free to reach out to any of them at any time.
We encourage all students to participate in this event and know that it is very important and of great value, but still stress free. This event is not mandatory and students are still able to participate in Invest Nest if they do not participate in this one, but the perfect way for students to get ahead of the game.
Participants, check your email to sign up for a time slot!