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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Grow Utah Adds DNA Innovation Contest to #RootsTech 2018

Grow Utah has added a DNA Innovation Contest to this year's #RootsTech 2018 Conference. Quoting from the Grow Utah website:
Welcome to the 2018 DNA Innovation Contest hosted by Grow Utah! This contest is for new and innovative products or services that will improve the use of individual DNA data in the fields of ancestral history, personal history and family health history. This contest is to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and business growth in this field. All innovators are invited to bring forward their best and brightest ideas to meet this challenge! 
From among the applicants, 6-10 finalists will be selected to pitch their innovations at the RootsTech Family History conference. The judges will then pick 3 winners and the cash and service prizes will be awarded! 
This is a totally free contest without any strings attached! Grow Utah is a privately funded non-profit organization and is dedicated to fostering innovation that drives entrepreneurship. Our initiatives focus on emerging technologies and applications that will lead to significant business and job creation. We have been holding innovation contests since 2008 and have awarded over $1M in cash and services to 100+ entrepreneurs!
Prizes for 3 Winners:
  • Cash: $30,000 ($15K Grand Prize; $7500 Each Runner-Up)
  • Business Consulting Services (Grow Utah / BooomStartup): $20,000 ($10K Grand Prize; $5K Each Runner-Up)
  • Free Exhibit Hall Booth at RootsTech 2018: $4K (For Each Finalist! Worth $500 per Booth Space!)
  • TOTAL: $54,000! ($25,500 Grand Prize; $13,000 Each Runner-Up; $500 Each Finalist)
  • Application Process: Jan 18, 2018 – Feb 20, 2018
  • 6-10 Finalists Selected: Feb 22, 2018
  • Final Pitch Event (at RootsTech Conference): Feb 28, 2018

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