RISE and thrive pitch competition

What's your big idea?


Turning your Ideas
Into a Reality

Brought to you by Uintah County Economic Development and the Innovation Hub


Let's get you started! Apply here to get started for this years competition. Applications open February 1, 2025- March 1, 2025.


Join one of our free classes. Come hear from experts to learn about starting and setting up a new business, understanding taxes, and how to market your business.

Local Resources

There are a number of resources to help entrepreneurs get started.

About The competition

Rise and Thrive

An opportunity to build your business

The Pitch Competition provides entrepreneurs with funding for their start-up business, opportunities to learn from experts on starting a business, and a chance to market their ideas to the community. Contestants will apply, then pitch their idea to a panel of judges during the Preliminary Round of the competition (March 2025, Day - TBA). Judges will rate each Pitch and determine the Top-10 contestants who will move on to the Final round (March 27, 2025). 

Finalist will compete for First, Second, and Third place prizes. The top three contestants will all receive a UBTech full ride scholarship to a program of their choice. First place will also win $12,000, second place $7,000 and third place will win $4,000.

Yearly Pitch Opportunity

Each year the top ten businesses will pitch for a larger grant opportunity.

Check out more details about the yearly pitch and view our previous winners.

Opportunities To Help Your Business Thrive

Funding, Resources, Connections, Education


There are a variety of grant and loan options available to small businesses.


Our community is abundant with resources to help businesses.


Utilize the prize package to connect your business with the right customers.


Learn from experts and utilize the prize package to gain more knowledge.


Making your Ideas a Reality

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meet our

Advisory Board

These professionals have been building businesses for decades

Alfredo Ottis
Maria Zurich
Tim Zavala
Mike Wong
Cathy Hills
Alexa Montes


Who is eligible?

Uintah County residents with a start-up company or entrepreneurial idea that will operate in Uintah County.

How old do I have to be to apply?

Anyone, regardless of age, is eligible to join the Pitch Competition.

When is the Competition?

March 1, 2025: Applications close
March 2025, Date - TBA : Preliminary Round
March 27, 2025 : Final Round

How can I contact you?

Additional questions can be directed to Travis Campbell, Uintah County Economic Development, 435-781-6767 tcampbell@uintah.utah.gov
Or Sydney Millett, Vernal Innovation Hub, 435-781-5372, smillett@vernal.gov

Our Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors that make this all possible.