2017 Palouse Pitch – An Evening To Remember
On the evening of Tuesday, May 23rd, nearly 100 people gathered at the dynamic University of Idaho Integrated Research and Innovation Center. Attendees enjoyed hors d’oeurves and light conversation, followed by speed-pitching sessions with this year’s BTE Bootcamp™ campers, and the Entrepreneur of the Palouse Awards.
The evening was kicked off with a rousing speech from Mayor of Moscow, Bill Lambert, who spoke about the value of entrepreneurship and his own experience as a small business owner.
Alex Navarro, co-chair of Be The Entrepreneur Bootcamp™, and Jeremy Tamsen, University of Idaho representative with the Palouse Knowledge Corridor™, introduced the event and the IRIC.
After these thoughtful introductions, the speed-pitches began. Described by Navarro as pitching mixed with speed-dating, campers gave condensed versions of the business pitches to attendees comprised of BTE Bootcamp alumni, sponsors, community members, and local business leaders.
After several rounds of pitching their businesses and receiving invaluable feedback from attendees, those in attendance gathered to watch the annual Entrepreneur of the Palouse Awards. Each winner was celebrated with a short video about their organization and a brief acceptance speech.
We celebrated the recipients of the three award categories, with the Non-Profit Organization Award for Friends of Neill Public Library, the Rising Star Award for PACT EMS, and the Business Award for The Storm Cellar.
Non-Profit Organization Award
Megan Welling, President of Friends of Neill Public Library, as well as her associates Mandy Thompson and Julie Parlyn accepted the Non-Profit Organization Award and gave a short speech thanking the Palouse Knowledge Corridor for the award and the community for their support. The organization, Friends of Neill Public Library works to provide access to reading and education through the library, donating tens of thousands of dollars to help facilitate literacy.
Rising Star Award
Troy and Kelly Zakariasen attended to accept their Rising Star Award, bringing with them members of their staff and their children. The Zakariasens spoke about their dedication to serving our community, and their gratefulness for this honor. PACT EMS is a private medical transport company, providing critical transportation for patients needing to be transferred to a different facility, traveling anywhere from Spokane to Seattle or Boise.
Austin and Laura Storm were present to accept the Business Award for their business, the Storm Cellar. The Storms were awarded this honor for their dedication to the Palouse community for more than five years, showcased through their economically conscious businesses, The Storm Cellar and Hansel and Gretel, as well as their many efforts to maintain Main Street through renovation and supporting local organizations.
Thank You Sponsors!
All of us on the Be The Entrepreneur Bootcamp and Palouse Knowledge Corridor teams want to thank both the City of Moscow for their generous sponsorship and the University of Idaho Integrated Research and Innovation Center for making this event possible.