Weber State University’s Outdoor & Community Recreation Education program, in partnership with the Hall Global Entrepreneurship Center, will host RecConnect, a hybrid outdoor innovation expo and networking event March 23, noon to 7 p.m. at Union Station (2501 Wall Ave. Ogden).
Capping the Outdoor Weber entrepreneurship competition, the RecConnect expo will feature outdoor product displays, vendors and activities such as rock climbing. The community is invited to a mix and mingle networking event from 1-2 p.m. The event is free, but registration is required.
The expo will conclude with announcement of winners of the Outdoor Weber competition and a keynote speech by Marcus Lemonis, chair of Camping World Holdings and star of CNBC’s “The Profit” beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The contest, hosted by WSU’s Entrepreneurship Center in the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics, invited students worldwide to submit videos pitching outdoor-related business ideas. Participants vied for a chance to win a $30,000 cash prize and one-on-one mentoring from entrepreneurship experts. The public’s popular vote determined the top 25 competitors, and a panel of judges selected 10 finalists.
Eighty contestants, including entrants from Canada and 13 U.S. states, submitted 90-second videos sharing innovative outdoor-related business plans. Some pitched ideas to make outdoor recreation safer. Others focused on making outdoor play more convenient. The contest drew more than 194,000 site views from voters.
Visit outdoorweber.com to register for events or to learn more about the contest.