Meet Our Affiliates
We encourage local business leaders to participate in this competition as mentors or investors, supporting our future leaders and investing in the future of their community. Join us on this exciting journey of entrepreneurship and innovation, and help us inspire the next generation of business leaders.
Founder of Vivint | Invest Nest Competition Judge
Todd Pedersen, the visionary Founder of Vivint, has been a trailblazer in the smart home and security industry for over two decades.
With a keen understanding of market needs and a passion for technological innovation, Pedersen established Vivint with the mission of simplifying and enhancing the lives of homeowners. Under his leadership, the company has grown exponentially and has become one of the largest home automation and security providers in North America, serving over a million customers.
Todd’s dedication to creating user-centric, intelligent solutions has garnered numerous accolades, positioning Vivint as a leader in the industry. A respected entrepreneur and philanthropist, Todd Pedersen’s impact on the smart home market has been both transformative and lasting.
The Food Nanny | Invest Nest Competition Judge & Mentor
Lizi Heaps, affectionately known as The Food Nanny, is a celebrated culinary expert and television personality who champions the importance of meal planning and home cooking.
Drawing from her mother Liz Edmunds’ legacy, Lizi shares her passion for wholesome, delectable meals through her popular blog, cookbook, and social media channels. Focused on family traditions and fostering connections around the dinner table, she has inspired a multitude of households to embrace the pleasure of cooking and the significance of shared meals.
With her warm, engaging approach, Lizi Heaps has become a cherished figure in the realms of food and family living.
Founder & CEO of Enlisted Design | Invest Nest Competition Judge
Beau Oyler, the innovative Founder and CEO of Enlisted Design, is an esteemed industrial designer and entrepreneur who excels in creating purpose-driven solutions for global brands.
With a strong background in mechanical engineering and industrial design, Beau has guided his award-winning agency to become a trusted partner for a wide range of clients, from startups to Fortune 500 companies.
Leading a talented team of designers and engineers, Enlisted Design develops groundbreaking products and experiences that blend form, function, and sustainability. Beau Oyler’s dedication to problem-solving and collaboration has made a lasting impact on the design industry, as well as on people’s lives and the environment.
Professional Basketball Player | Invest Nest Promoter
Jimmer Fredette, an accomplished professional basketball player, has gained widespread recognition for his exceptional skills and unwavering determination on the court.
As a standout collegiate athlete at Brigham Young University, he earned numerous accolades, including the 2011 National Player of the Year. Known for his incredible scoring ability and sharp shooting, Jimmer has consistently demonstrated the resilience and perseverance necessary to excel at the highest level of competition.
Off the court, his humble demeanor and dedication to charitable efforts have earned him admiration from fans and fellow athletes alike, making Jimmer Fredette a respected figure in the world of professional basketball.
Utah State University
Inspired by John M. Huntsman’s values of ethical leadership, analytical rigor, global vision, and entrepreneurial spirit, the Huntsman School of Business prepares the next generation of students to become the best and brightest business leaders and entrepreneurs.
The Covey Leadership Center, inspired by Stephen R. Covey’s timeless principles, empowers individuals with transformative leadership skills. Simultaneously, the Entrepreneurship Center nurtures start-ups across Utah State University, providing them with resources, opportunities, and mentorship to bring their ideas to life and to bring value to the broader community. In partnership with Invest Nest, these centers create a collaborative and supportive environment that fuels innovation, resilience, and strategic foresight.
These centers, alongside the Huntsman School, are passionate about creating a vision of a better future, while actively working to make it a reality.