Six finalists participate in the Casper Start-Up Challenge presentation evening


CASPER, Wyo.– The pitch party for the six finalists in the sixth annual Casper Start-Up Challenge will take place on Tuesday, April 19, with $50,000 in start-up capital up for grabs.

Free to the public, the event will take place at The Lyric, 230 W. Yellowstone Highway, in downtown Casper.

“Receiving over 40 entries and narrowing it down to six finalists with our judges was no easy task,” said IMPACT Casper Director Eric Schlidt. “This year the judges chose six finalists instead of the typical five because the competition was so tough.”

Finalists will now work with IMPACT 307 staff to grow their businesses over the next two months, culminating in a final day of pitching on Tuesday.

The companies and entrepreneurs in the Casper Start-Up Challenge 2022 are below.

“I’ve been tearing guns apart and putting them back together for as long as I’ve been using tools, I guess,” Jadon Williams, founder of Deer Creek Arms, told Oil City News.

With a recently acquired metal lathe, Williams manufactures muzzle brakes, compensators and shotgun caliber adapters in a shared space with a fabrication shop in Glenrock.

Williams said he had designs for his own rifle which he was looking to develop as the business grew.

Read the full profile on Oil City News.

Sam Seeton’s web and app-based platform connects hunters, anglers and adventurers with private landowners who list their properties for one-time bookings, similar to Airbnb.

Owners list their properties for free and Infinite Outdoors takes a commission from the booking fee. Users pay an annual subscription fee of $39.99, a portion of which goes to an affiliated conservation group of the user’s choice. Infinite Outdoors also features conservationists and biologists who can consult with landowners to maintain, develop, and monitor human impacts on the ecosystem.

Since the platform launched a year and a half ago, 300,000 acres of land, including seven properties in Wyoming and 100 in Colorado, have been listed. In January of this year, there were 140 reservations.

Read the full profile here.

Guardian Warrior Solutions:

Casper police officer and 13-year military veteran Preston Atwood told Oil City that he cut the prototype for his Raptor adapter in his garage on a CNC machine he bought himself.

The device is a PVC-infused forked thermoplastic adapter that locks onto a belt at any predetermined angle to attach any MOLLE-equipped pouch. MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) primarily refers to the ladder-like weave of a webbing on a vest, pack, or belt that attaches to pouches for carrying ammo, medical supplies, or anything a mission dictates.

The ideal angle to have pouches handy varies depending on whether the user is taking on a combat scenario, participating in competitive filming, or being part of day-to-day law enforcement, Atwood said, adding that apps also extend to hunting and hiking.

Since last October, he said, he has put a few hundred to the test, including a member of the French Foreign Legion and a field geologist.

“I don’t have an investor’s mind: my focus here is a typical American small business. My vision for this is a small fabrication shop in Casper, with four CNC machines that can cut around the clock.”

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ACS juice:

Former school trustee Anna Studer launched her cold-pressed juice business at the Farmer’s Market on June 1, 2021.

Through the form on the ACS Juices Facebook page, customers can pre-order juices to be picked up at Studer’s home or delivered by Lickety-Split Delivery.

Studer has invested in a commercial-grade centrifuge, which grinds produce and then slowly passes it through a hydraulic press.

“People who are in the juice business…know the difference and can taste the difference,” Studer said.

Studer said juicing is an easy way for people to make healthier choices, especially if they don’t want to munch on apples or celery throughout the day. Its customers also enjoy having the juice bar quality product without the work and mess of juicing at home.

Juicing from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., she receives around 125 bottles a day, three to four days a week. There is approximately one pound of product in each 12 ounce bottle.

A commercial space can also allow the delivery of products. Studer says she currently buys between 500 and 600 pounds of product each week from stores around town.

“So if you ever buy celery and can’t find it, you can blame me.”

Read the full profile here.

Imagine my story:

With 25 years of experience as a studio photographer and concept artist, Audrey Jean seeks to turn one of her studio’s innovations into a national company with Picture My Story.

Jean told Oil City that his studio, Audie Jean Photography, first developed the concept about four years ago with an immersive storybook experience based on Santa Claus.

Working with sets and a team of creative writers, graphic designers and costume designers, the studio uses portrait photography to create physical, richly illustrated storybooks featuring children as heroes.

Jean said that Picture My Story is the company looking to present this concept, including the stories and the software library, as “off-the-shelf” intellectual property for sale to other studios.

Not only does this provide customers with “an inherited product that can be passed down from generation to generation,” but Jean said the stories “are written to exploit character traits, and [themes of] identity, belonging and the joy of childhood.

Jean added that her team is also developing a storyline to help children cope with the loss of a pet. Eventually, she hopes to work with counselors to develop storybooks that deal with themes like trauma.

With the duck pond set complete, Jean said the studio is also working on developing storybook concepts like Mommy and Me, Mermaid World, Pirate World, Gone Fishing, and Pumpkin Patch.

With the elaborate worlds created in the studio, Jean said the shoots themselves are like a “stay-cation” experience for kids, where they can interact with fantasy characters (and real ducks).

“It’s really these interactive experiences that kids are a part of,” Jean said, “and the photography is just the added bonus because they get a memory of which they’re the main character.”

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Intuitive surgical design

Tim Ficken, head of sterile processing at Summit Medical Center, told Oil City that he developed his product to address “complexities” he observed during his career as a surgical technologist.

“After 20 years in the operating room, you see a lot of the same frustrations come up over and over again, where there’s no simple solution,” Ficken said.

His company, Intuitive Surgical Design, has two prototypes: a “quick-access organization tool that can be attached to the surgical field” that can also prevent contamination of objects during surgery and a highly adjustable multi-position platform on flexible support. arm that allows surgeons to put objects during surgery.

It may be hard to describe to those unfamiliar with surgical theater, but Ficken said surgeons he showed the second prototype to immediately recognized its value.

“Each of them said as soon as it was available they would use it.”

Ficken said securing funding from the Casper Start-Up Challenge would allow him to develop the prototype more quickly by purchasing more 3D printers and advancing his certification filings with the FDA.

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